If you are interested in cashing in on Wynn Resorts Limited’s (NASDAQ:WYNN) upcoming dividend of US$0.75 per share, you only have 2 days left to buy the shares before its ex-dividend date, 15 August 2018, in time for dividends payable on the 28 August 2018. What does this mean for current shareholders and potential investors? Below, I will explain how holding Wynn Resorts can impact your portfolio income stream, by analysing the stock’s most recent financial data and dividend attributes.
5 questions I ask before picking a dividend stock
When assessing a stock as a potential addition to my dividend Portfolio, I look at these five areas:
- Is it the top 25% annual dividend yield payer?
- Has it consistently paid a stable dividend without missing a payment or drastically cutting payout?
- 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?
Does Wynn Resorts pass our checks?
The current trailing twelve-month payout ratio for the stock is 49.60%, which means that the dividend is covered by earnings. However, going forward, analysts expect WYNN’s payout to fall to 30.91% of its earnings, which leads to a dividend yield of 2.15%. However, EPS should increase to $5.88, meaning that the lower payout ratio does not necessarily implicate a lower dividend payment.
If there’s one type of stock you want to be reliable, it’s dividend stocks and their stable income-generating ability. Dividend payments from Wynn Resorts have been volatile in the past 10 years, with some years experiencing significant drops of over 25%. This means that dividend hunters should probably steer clear of the stock, at least for now until the track record improves.
Relative to peers, Wynn Resorts generates a yield of 2.02%, which is on the low-side for Hospitality stocks.
If Wynn Resorts is in your portfolio for cash-generating reasons, there may be better alternatives out there. However, if you are not strictly just a dividend investor, the stock could still offer some interesting investment opportunities. 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 aspects you should further examine:
- Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for WYNN’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for WYNN’s outlook.
- Valuation: What is WYNN 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 WYNN is currently mispriced by the market.
- 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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