Over the past 10 years Safety Insurance Group Inc (NASDAQ:SAFT) has been paying dividends to shareholders. The stock currently pays out a dividend yield of 3.8%, and has a market cap of US$1.3b. Let’s dig deeper into whether Safety Insurance Group should have a place in your portfolio.
Here’s how I find good dividend stocks
If you are a dividend investor, you should always assess these five key metrics:
- Is their annual yield among the top 25% of dividend payers?
- Does it consistently pay out dividends without missing a payment of significantly cutting payout?
- Has the amount of dividend per share grown over the past?
- Is is able to pay the current rate of dividends from its earnings?
- Will it have the ability to keep paying its dividends going forward?
How well does Safety Insurance Group fit our criteria?
The current trailing twelve-month payout ratio for the stock is 74%, 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.
When thinking about whether a dividend is sustainable, another factor to consider is the cash flow. A company with strong cash flow, relative to earnings, can sometimes sustain a high pay out ratio.
If there’s one type of stock you want to be reliable, it’s dividend stocks and their stable income-generating ability. In the case of SAFT it has increased its DPS from $1.6 to $3.2 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 SAFT a true dividend rockstar.
Relative to peers, Safety Insurance Group has a yield of 3.8%, which is high for Insurance stocks.
Taking into account the dividend metrics, Safety Insurance Group ticks most of the boxes as a strong dividend investment, putting it in my list of top dividend payers. 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. I’ve put together three pertinent factors you should further examine:
- Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for SAFT’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for SAFT’s outlook.
- Valuation: What is SAFT 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 SAFT is currently mispriced by the market.
- Other Dividend Rockstars: Are there better dividend payers with stronger fundamentals out there? Check out our free list of these great stocks here.
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