Should Investors Buy Chevron Corporation (NYSE:CVX) And Lock In The 4.1% Dividend Yield?

Over the past 10 years Chevron Corporation (NYSE:CVX) has grown its dividend payouts from $2.6 to $4.76. With a market cap of US$220b, Chevron pays out 59% of its earnings, leading to a 4.1% yield. Let me elaborate on you why the stock stands out for income investors like myself.

Check out our latest analysis for Chevron

What Is A Dividend Rock Star?

It is a stock that pays a consistent, reliable and competitive dividend over a long period of time, and is expected to continue to pay in the same manner many years to come. More specifically:

  • Its annual yield is among the top 25% of dividend payers
  • It has paid dividend every year without dramatically reducing payout in the past
  • Its has increased its dividend per share amount over the past
  • It can afford to pay the current rate of dividends from its earnings
  • It is able to continue to payout at the current rate in the future

High Yield And Dependable

Chevron’s yield sits at 4.1%, which is on the low-side for Oil and Gas stocks. But the real reason Chevron stands out is because it has a proven track record of continuously paying out this level of dividends, from earnings, to shareholders and can be expected to continue paying in the future. This is a highly desirable trait for a stock holding if you’re investor who wants a robust cash inflow from your portfolio over a long period of time.

NYSE:CVX Historical Dividend Yield, August 21st 2019
NYSE:CVX Historical Dividend Yield, August 21st 2019

Reliability is an important factor for dividend stocks, particularly for income investors who want a strong track record of payment and a positive outlook for future payout. CVX has increased its DPS from $2.6 to $4.76 in the past 10 years. It has also been paying out dividend consistently during this time, as you’d expect for a company increasing its dividend levels. These are all positive signs of a great, reliable dividend stock.

The current trailing twelve-month payout ratio for the stock is 59%, meaning the dividend is sufficiently covered by earnings. Going forward, analysts expect CVX’s payout to remain around the same level at 60% of its earnings. Assuming a constant share price, this equates to a dividend yield of around 4.3%. Furthermore, EPS should increase to $7.85.

When considering the sustainability of dividends, it is also worth checking the cash flow of a company. Companies with strong cash flow can sustain a higher payout ratio, while companies with weaker cash flow generally cannot.

Next Steps:

Investors of Chevron can continue to expect strong dividends from the stock. With its favorable dividend characteristics, if high income generation is still the goal for your portfolio, then Chevron is one worth keeping around. However, given this is purely a dividend analysis, I urge potential investors to try and get a good understanding of the underlying business and its fundamentals before deciding on an investment. Below, I’ve compiled three key aspects you should further research:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for CVX’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for CVX’s outlook.
  2. Valuation: What is CVX 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 CVX is currently mispriced by the market.
  3. Other Dividend Rockstars: Are there strong dividend payers with better fundamentals out there? Check out our free list of these great stocks here.

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