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Have you been keeping an eye on Hubbell Incorporated’s (NYSE:HUBB) upcoming dividend of US$0.84 per share payable on the 15 March 2019? Then you only have 2 days left before the stock starts trading ex-dividend on the 27 February 2019. Investors looking for higher income-generating stocks to add to their portfolio should keep reading, as I examine Hubbell’s latest financial data to analyse its dividend characteristics.
5 questions I ask before picking a dividend stock
If you are a dividend investor, you should always assess these five key metrics:
- Is their annual yield among the top 25% of dividend payers?
- 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?
How does Hubbell fare?
Hubbell has a trailing twelve-month payout ratio of 48%, which means that the dividend is covered by earnings. In the near future, analysts are predicting lower payout ratio of 32% which, assuming the share price stays the same, leads to a dividend yield of 2.8%. However, EPS should increase to $7.08, meaning that the lower payout ratio does not necessarily implicate a lower dividend payment.
If you want to dive deeper into the sustainability of a certain payout ratio, you may wish to consider the cash flow of the business. Companies with strong cash flow can sustain a higher payout ratio, while companies with weaker cash flow generally cannot.
If there’s one type of stock you want to be reliable, it’s dividend stocks and their stable income-generating ability. HUBB has increased its DPS from $1.4 to $3.36 in the past 10 years. During this period it has not missed a payment, as one would expect for a company increasing its dividend. These are all positive signs of a great, reliable dividend stock.
In terms of its peers, Hubbell has a yield of 2.8%, which is high for Electrical stocks but still below the market’s top dividend payers.
Keeping in mind the dividend characteristics above, Hubbell is definitely worth considering for investors looking to build a dedicated income 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. There are three key aspects you should further examine:
- Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for HUBB’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for HUBB’s outlook.
- Valuation: What is HUBB 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 HUBB is currently mispriced by the market.
- 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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