Only 3 Days Left To American Railcar Industries Inc (NASDAQ:ARII)’s Ex-Dividend Date, Should You Buy?

On the 23 March 2018, American Railcar Industries Inc (NASDAQ:ARII) will be paying shareholders an upcoming dividend amount of $0.4 per share. However, investors must have bought the company’s stock before 15 March 2018 in order to qualify for the payment. That means you have only 3 days left! Is this future income stream a compelling catalyst for dividend investors to think about the stock as an investment today? Let’s take a look at American Railcar Industries’s most recent financial data to examine its dividend characteristics in more detail. Check out our latest analysis for American Railcar Industries

5 questions I ask before picking a dividend stock

When researching a dividend stock, I always follow the following screening criteria:

  • Is their annual yield among the top 25% of dividend payers?
  • Has it paid dividend every year without dramatically reducing payout in the past?
  • Has the amount of dividend per share grown over the past?
  • Is its earnings sufficient to payout dividend at the current rate?
  • Based on future earnings growth, will it be able to continue to payout dividend at the current rate?

NasdaqGS:ARII Historical Dividend Yield Mar 11th 18
NasdaqGS:ARII Historical Dividend Yield Mar 11th 18

How does American Railcar Industries fare?

The company currently pays out 21.48% of its earnings as a dividend, according to its trailing twelve-month data, meaning the dividend is sufficiently 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 there is one thing that you want to be reliable in your life, it’s dividend stocks and their constant income stream. Whilst its per-share payments have increased during the past 10 years, there has been some hiccups. Investors have seen reductions in the dividend per share in the past, although, it has picked up again. Relative to peers, American Railcar Industries has a yield of 4.12%, which is high for Machinery stocks.

Next Steps:

With these dividend metrics in mind, I definitely rank American Railcar Industries as a strong income stock, and is worth further research for anyone who considers dividends an important part of their portfolio strategy. 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. I’ve put together three pertinent aspects you should further examine:

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