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Why Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc (NASDAQ:CBRL) Should Be In Your Portfolio

There is a lot to be liked about Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc (NASDAQ:CBRL) as an income stock. It has paid dividends over the past 10 years. The company is currently worth US$4.1b, and now yields roughly 5.1%. Does Cracker Barrel Old Country Store tick all the boxes of a great dividend stock? Below, I’ll take you through my analysis.

See our latest analysis for Cracker Barrel Old Country Store

5 checks you should use to assess a dividend stock

Whenever I am looking at a potential dividend stock investment, I always check these five metrics:

  • Is it the top 25% annual dividend yield payer?
  • Has its dividend been stable over the past (i.e. no missed payments or significant payout cuts)?
  • Has the amount of dividend per share grown over the past?
  • Does earnings amply cover its dividend payments?
  • Will the company be able to keep paying dividend based on the future earnings growth?
NasdaqGS:CBRL Historical Dividend Yield December 10th 18

Does Cracker Barrel Old Country Store pass our checks?

The current trailing twelve-month payout ratio for the stock is 47%, which means that the dividend is covered by earnings. Furthermore, analysts have not forecasted a dividends per share for the future, which makes it hard to determine the yield shareholders should expect, and whether the current payout is sustainable, moving forward.

If you want to dive deeper into the sustainability of a certain payout ratio, you may wish to consider the cash flow of the business. A business with strong cash flow can sustain a higher divided payout ratio than a company with weak cash flow.

If there is one thing that you want to be reliable in your life, it’s dividend stocks and their constant income stream. CBRL has increased its DPS from $0.80 to $8.75 in the past 10 years. During this period it has not missed a payment, as one would expect for a company increasing its dividend. This is an impressive feat, which makes CBRL a true dividend rockstar.

Compared to its peers, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store produces a yield of 5.1%, which is high for Hospitality stocks.

Next Steps:

Keeping in mind the dividend characteristics above, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store is definitely worth considering for investors looking to build a dedicated income portfolio. Given that this is purely a dividend analysis, you should always research extensively before deciding whether or not a stock is an appropriate investment for you. I always recommend analysing the company’s fundamentals and underlying business before making an investment decision. There are three key factors you should look at:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for CBRL’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for CBRL’s outlook.
  2. Valuation: What is CBRL worth today? Even if the stock is a cash cow, it’s not worth an infinite price. The intrinsic value infographic in our free research report helps visualize whether CBRL is currently mispriced by the market.
  3. Other Dividend Rockstars: Are there better dividend payers with stronger fundamentals out there? Check out our free list of these great stocks here.

To help readers see past the short term volatility of the financial market, we aim to bring you a long-term focused research analysis purely driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis does not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements.

The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com.