Read This Before Considering Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:DNKN) For Its Upcoming US$0.38 Dividend

Important news for shareholders and potential investors in Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:DNKN): The dividend payment of US$0.38 per share will be distributed to shareholders on 12 June 2019, and the stock will begin trading ex-dividend at an earlier date, 31 May 2019. Is this future income a persuasive enough catalyst for investors to think about Dunkin’ Brands Group as an investment today? Below, I’m going to look at the latest data and analyze the stock and its dividend property in further detail.

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Here’s how I find good dividend stocks

Whenever I am looking at a potential dividend stock investment, I always check these five metrics:

  • Is their annual yield among the top 25% of dividend payers?
  • Has it paid dividend every year without dramatically reducing payout in the past?
  • Has dividend per share risen in the past couple of years?
  • Is is able to pay the current rate of dividends from its earnings?
  • Will it be able to continue to payout at the current rate in the future?
NasdaqGS:DNKN Historical Dividend Yield, May 26th 2019
NasdaqGS:DNKN Historical Dividend Yield, May 26th 2019

How well does Dunkin’ Brands Group fit our criteria?

The company currently pays out 51% of its earnings as a dividend, according to its trailing twelve-month data, which means that the dividend is covered by earnings. Going forward, analysts expect DNKN’s payout to remain around the same level at 50% of its earnings. Assuming a constant share price, this equates to a dividend yield of around 2.2%. In addition to this, EPS should increase to $2.91.

When considering the sustainability of dividends, it is also worth checking the cash flow of a company. Cash flow is important because companies with strong cash flow can usually sustain higher payout ratios.

If dividend is a key criteria in your investment consideration, then you need to make sure the dividend stock you’re eyeing out is reliable in its payments. Unfortunately, it is really too early to view Dunkin’ Brands Group as a dividend investment. It has only been consistently paying dividends for 7 years, however, standard practice for reliable payers is to look for a 10-year minimum track record.

In terms of its peers, Dunkin’ Brands Group has a yield of 2.0%, which is on the low-side for Hospitality stocks.

Next Steps:

If you are building an income portfolio, then Dunkin’ Brands Group is a complicated choice since it has some positive aspects as well as negative ones. 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, 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 fundamental factors you should further examine:

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

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