Consider This Before Buying P&F Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:PFIN) For The 2.3% Dividend

Dividends play an important role in compounding returns in the long run and end up forming a sizeable part of investment returns. In the last few years P&F Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:PFIN) has paid a dividend to shareholders. Today it yields 2.3%. Let’s dig deeper into whether P&F Industries should have a place in your portfolio.

See our latest analysis for P&F Industries

Here’s how I find good dividend stocks

When researching a dividend stock, I always follow the following screening criteria:

  • Does it pay an annual yield higher than 75% of dividend payers?
  • Does it consistently pay out dividends without missing a payment of significantly cutting payout?
  • Has dividend per share amount increased over the past?
  • Is is able 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?
NasdaqGM:PFIN Historical Dividend Yield, March 1st 2019
NasdaqGM:PFIN Historical Dividend Yield, March 1st 2019

Does P&F Industries pass our checks?

P&F Industries has a trailing twelve-month payout ratio of more than 200% of earnings, which suggests that the dividend is not well-covered by earnings by any means. 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.

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.

If there’s one type of stock you want to be reliable, it’s dividend stocks and their stable income-generating ability. Unfortunately, it is really too early to view P&F Industries as a dividend investment. It has only been consistently paying dividends for 3 years, however, standard practice for reliable payers is to look for a 10-year minimum track record.

In terms of its peers, P&F Industries generates a yield of 2.3%, which is high for Consumer Durables stocks but still below the market’s top dividend payers.

Next Steps:

After digging a little deeper into P&F Industries’s yield, it’s easy to see why you should be cautious investing in the company just for the dividend. On the other hand, if you are not strictly just a dividend investor, the stock could still be offering some interesting investment opportunities. 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. There are three relevant aspects you should look at:

  1. Valuation: What is PFIN 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 PFIN is currently mispriced by the market.
  2. Management Team: An experienced management team on the helm increases our confidence in the business – take a look at who sits on P&F Industries’s board and the CEO’s back ground.
  3. 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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