Something To Consider Before Buying R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company (NYSE:RRD) For The 2.1% Dividend

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Dividends can be underrated but they form a large part of investment returns, playing an important role in compounding returns in the long run. Historically, R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company (NYSE:RRD) has paid dividends to shareholders, and these days it yields 2.1%. Does R.R. Donnelley & Sons tick all the boxes of a great dividend stock? Below, I’ll take you through my analysis.

Check out our latest analysis for R.R. Donnelley & Sons

5 questions to ask before buying 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 it increased its dividend per share amount over the past?
  • Is its earnings sufficient to payout dividend at the current rate?
  • Based on future earnings growth, will it be able to continue to payout dividend at the current rate?
NYSE:RRD Historical Dividend Yield February 11th 19
NYSE:RRD Historical Dividend Yield February 11th 19

How does R.R. Donnelley & Sons fare?

R.R. Donnelley & Sons has a negative payout ratio, which is usually not ideal.

When thinking about whether a dividend is sustainable, another factor to consider is the cash flow. Cash flow is important because companies with strong cash flow can usually sustain higher payout ratios.

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. Dividend payments from R.R. Donnelley & Sons have been volatile in the past 10 years, with some years experiencing significant drops of over 25%. This means that dividend hunters should probably steer clear of the stock, at least for now until the track record improves.

In terms of its peers, R.R. Donnelley & Sons generates a yield of 2.1%, which is high for Commercial Services stocks but still below the market’s top dividend payers.

Next Steps:

Now you know to keep in mind the reason why investors should be careful investing in R.R. Donnelley & Sons for the dividend. But if you are not exclusively a dividend investor, the stock could still be an interesting investment opportunity. Given that this is purely a dividend analysis, I urge potential investors to try and get a good understanding of the underlying business and its fundamentals before deciding on an investment. Below, I’ve compiled three key factors you should further examine:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for RRD’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for RRD’s outlook.
  2. Valuation: What is RRD 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 RRD is currently mispriced by the market.
  3. 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.

The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com.