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Dividends play a key role in compounding returns over time and can form a large part of our portfolio return. Historically, Kimball International, Inc. (NASDAQ:KBAL) has paid dividends to shareholders, and these days it yields 2.3%. Let’s dig deeper into whether Kimball International should have a place in your portfolio.
5 questions I ask before picking a dividend stock
Whenever I am looking at a potential dividend stock investment, I always check these five 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 its earnings sufficient to payout dividend at the current rate?
- Will it be able to continue to payout at the current rate in the future?
How well does Kimball International fit our criteria?
The current trailing twelve-month payout ratio for the stock is 31%, 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 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.
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. The reality facing KBAL investors is that whilst it has continued to pay shareholders dividend, dividends are lower today, than they were a decade ago. However, income investors that value stability over growth may still find KBAL appealing.
In terms of its peers, Kimball International produces a yield of 2.3%, which is high for Commercial Services stocks but still below the market’s top dividend payers.
If Kimball International is in your portfolio for cash-generating reasons, there may be better alternatives out there. However, if you are not strictly just a dividend investor, the stock could still offer some interesting investment opportunities. Given that this is purely a dividend analysis, you should always research extensively before deciding whether or not a stock is an appropriate investment for you. I always recommend analysing the company’s fundamentals and underlying business before making an investment decision. Below, I’ve compiled three essential aspects you should further research:
- Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for KBAL’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for KBAL’s outlook.
- Valuation: What is KBAL 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 KBAL is currently mispriced by the market.
- 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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