Only 4 Days Left Until The Greenbrier Companies Inc (NYSE:GBX) Trades Ex-Dividend,

Attention dividend hunters! The Greenbrier Companies Inc (NYSE:GBX) will be distributing its dividend of US$0.25 per share on the 05 December 2018, and will start trading ex-dividend in 4 days time on the 13 November 2018. Should you diversify into Greenbrier Companies and boost your portfolio income stream? Well, keep on reading because today, I’m going to look at the latest data and analyze the stock and its dividend property in further detail.

See our latest analysis for Greenbrier Companies

5 checks you should do on a dividend stock

Whenever I am looking at a potential dividend stock investment, I always check these five metrics:

  • 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 dividend per share risen in the past couple of years?
  • Can it afford to pay the current rate of dividends from its earnings?
  • Will it have the ability to keep paying its dividends going forward?
NYSE:GBX Historical Dividend Yield November 8th 18
NYSE:GBX Historical Dividend Yield November 8th 18

How does Greenbrier Companies fare?

Greenbrier Companies has a trailing twelve-month payout ratio of 20%, meaning the dividend is sufficiently covered by earnings. In the near future, analysts are predicting a higher payout ratio of 25%, leading to a dividend yield of 2.1%. However, EPS is forecasted to fall to $4.28 in the upcoming year. Therefore, although payout is expected to increase, the fall in earnings may not equate to higher dividend income.

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 is one thing that you want to be reliable in your life, it’s dividend stocks and their constant income stream. GBX has increased its DPS from $0.32 to $1 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. This is an impressive feat, which makes GBX a true dividend rockstar.

In terms of its peers, Greenbrier Companies produces a yield of 2.0%, which is on the low-side for Machinery stocks.

Next Steps:

Keeping in mind the dividend characteristics above, Greenbrier Companies is definitely worth considering for investors looking to build a dedicated income portfolio. Given that 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. There are three fundamental factors you should further examine:

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

To help readers see past the short term volatility of the financial market, we aim to bring you a long-term focused research analysis purely driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis does not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements.

The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com.