On the 14 December 2018, Robert Half International Inc (NYSE:RHI) will be paying shareholders an upcoming dividend amount of US$0.28 per share. However, investors must have bought the company’s stock before 21 November 2018 in order to qualify for the payment. That means you have only 4 days left! Investors looking for higher income-generating stocks to add to their portfolio should keep reading, as I examine Robert Half International’s latest financial data to analyse its dividend characteristics.
How I analyze a dividend stock
If you are a dividend investor, you should always assess these five key metrics:
- Does it pay an annual yield higher than 75% of dividend payers?
- Has it paid dividend every year without dramatically reducing payout in the past?
- Has it increased its dividend per share amount over the past?
- Can it afford to pay the current rate of dividends from its earnings?
- Based on future earnings growth, will it be able to continue to payout dividend at the current rate?
How well does Robert Half International fit our criteria?
The company currently pays out 36% of its earnings as a dividend, according to its trailing twelve-month data, which means that the dividend is covered by earnings. However, going forward, analysts expect RHI’s payout to fall to 26% of its earnings, which leads to a dividend yield of around 1.7%. However, EPS should increase to $3.86, meaning that the lower payout ratio does not necessarily implicate a lower dividend payment.
When assessing the forecast sustainability of a dividend it is also worth considering the cash flow of the business. 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. RHI has increased its DPS from $0.44 to $1.12 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.
Compared to its peers, Robert Half International generates a yield of 1.8%, which is on the low-side for Professional Services stocks.
Considering the dividend attributes we analyzed above, Robert Half International 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 pertinent aspects you should further research:
- Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for RHI’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for RHI’s outlook.
- Valuation: What is RHI 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 RHI 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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