A sizeable part of portfolio returns can be produced by dividend stocks due to their contribution to compounding returns in the long run. Historically, Knoll, Inc. (NYSE:KNL) has been paying a dividend to shareholders. Today it yields 3.1%. Does Knoll tick all the boxes of a great dividend stock? Below, I’ll take you through my analysis.
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5 questions to ask before buying a dividend stock
When assessing a stock as a potential addition to my dividend Portfolio, I look at these five areas:
- Is it the top 25% annual dividend yield payer?
- Has its dividend been stable over the past (i.e. no missed payments or significant payout cuts)?
- Has it increased its dividend per share amount over the past?
- Does earnings amply cover its dividend payments?
- Will it be able to continue to payout at the current rate in the future?
How well does Knoll fit our criteria?
The current trailing twelve-month payout ratio for the stock is 36%, which means that the dividend is covered by earnings. Going forward, analysts expect KNL’s payout to remain around the same level at 34% of its earnings. Assuming a constant share price, this equates to a dividend yield of 3.8%. In addition to this, EPS should increase to $1.88.
When considering the sustainability of dividends, it is also worth checking the cash flow of a company. A business with strong cash flow can sustain a higher divided payout ratio than a company with weak cash flow.
If there’s one type of stock you want to be reliable, it’s dividend stocks and their stable income-generating ability. 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, Knoll generates a yield of 3.1%, which is high for Commercial Services stocks but still below the market’s top dividend payers.
Considering the dividend attributes we analyzed above, Knoll is definitely worth keeping an eye on for someone looking to build a dedicated income portfolio. 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 KNL’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for KNL’s outlook.
- Valuation: What is KNL 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 KNL 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.
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.
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