Watsco, Inc. (NYSE:WSO) Is An Attractive Dividend Stock, Here’s Why

Over the past 10 years Watsco, Inc. (NYSE:WSO) has been paying dividends to shareholders. The company currently pays out a dividend yield of 4.6% to shareholders, making it a relatively attractive dividend stock. Does Watsco tick all the boxes of a great dividend stock? Below, I’ll take you through my analysis.

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How I analyze a dividend stock

If you are a dividend investor, you should always assess these five key metrics:

  • Is it paying an annual yield above 75% of dividend payers?
  • Has it consistently paid a stable dividend without missing a payment or drastically cutting payout?
  • Has the amount of dividend per share grown over the past?
  • Is is able to pay the current rate of dividends from its earnings?
  • Will it be able to continue to payout at the current rate in the future?
NYSE:WSO Historical Dividend Yield, March 27th 2019
NYSE:WSO Historical Dividend Yield, March 27th 2019

How does Watsco fare?

Watsco has a trailing twelve-month payout ratio of 86%, meaning the dividend is sufficiently covered by earnings. Going forward, analysts expect WSO’s payout to remain around the same level at 80% of its earnings. Assuming a constant share price, this equates to a dividend yield of 4.5%. In addition to this, EPS should increase to $6.72.

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.

Reliablity 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. Although WSO’s per share payments have increased in the past 10 years, it has not been a completely smooth ride. Shareholders would have seen a few years of reduced payments in this time.

Relative to peers, Watsco generates a yield of 4.6%, which is high for Trade Distributors stocks.

Next Steps:

Considering the dividend attributes we analyzed above, Watsco is definitely worth keeping an eye on for someone 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. Below, I’ve compiled three essential aspects you should further research:

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