Does First Horizon National Corporation (NYSE:FHN) Have A Place In Your Portfolio?

Dividends play a key role in compounding returns over time and can form a large part of our portfolio return. Historically, First Horizon National Corporation (NYSE:FHN) has paid a dividend to shareholders. It currently yields 3.8%. Should it have a place in your portfolio? Let’s take a look at First Horizon National in more detail.

Check out our latest analysis for First Horizon National

5 checks you should do on a dividend stock

When assessing a stock as a potential addition to my dividend Portfolio, I look at these five areas:

  • Does it pay an annual yield higher than 75% 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 its earnings sufficient to payout dividend at the current rate?
  • Will it have the ability to keep paying its dividends going forward?
NYSE:FHN Historical Dividend Yield, March 20th 2019
NYSE:FHN Historical Dividend Yield, March 20th 2019

Does First Horizon National pass our checks?

The company currently pays out 29% of its earnings as a dividend, according to its trailing twelve-month data, which means that the dividend is covered by earnings. Going forward, analysts expect FHN’s payout to increase to 39% of its earnings. Assuming a constant share price, this equates to a dividend yield of around 3.9%. However, EPS is forecasted to fall to $1.5 in the upcoming year. Therefore, although payout is expected to increase, the fall in earnings may not equate to higher dividend income.

When assessing the forecast sustainability of a dividend it is also worth considering 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. Unfortunately, it is really too early to view First Horizon National as a dividend investment. It has only been consistently paying dividends for 8 years, however, standard practice for reliable payers is to look for a 10-year minimum track record.

Relative to peers, First Horizon National has a yield of 3.8%, which is high for Banks stocks.

Next Steps:

With this in mind, I definitely rank First Horizon National as a strong dividend stock, and makes it worth further research for anyone who likes steady income generation from their portfolio. Given that this is purely a dividend analysis, I recommend taking sufficient time to understand its core business and determine whether the company and its investment properties suit your overall goals. Below, I’ve compiled three key aspects you should look at:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for FHN’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for FHN’s outlook.
  2. Valuation: What is FHN 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 FHN 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.

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