Is Texas Roadhouse, Inc. (NASDAQ:TXRH) A Smart Pick For Income Investors?

Dividends play an important role in compounding returns in the long run and end up forming a sizeable part of investment returns. Historically, Texas Roadhouse, Inc. (NASDAQ:TXRH) has paid dividends to shareholders, and these days it yields 1.9%. Should it have a place in your portfolio? Let’s take a look at Texas Roadhouse in more detail.

Check out our latest analysis for Texas Roadhouse

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 its annual yield among the top 25% of dividend-paying companies?
  • Has it paid dividend every year without dramatically reducing payout in the past?
  • Has it increased its dividend per share amount over the past?
  • Is its earnings sufficient to payout dividend at the current rate?
  • Will it be able to continue to payout at the current rate in the future?
NasdaqGS:TXRH Historical Dividend Yield, April 9th 2019
NasdaqGS:TXRH Historical Dividend Yield, April 9th 2019

Does Texas Roadhouse pass our checks?

The current trailing twelve-month payout ratio for the stock is 45%, which means that the dividend is covered by earnings. Going forward, analysts expect TXRH’s payout to remain around the same level at 47% of its earnings. Assuming a constant share price, this equates to a dividend yield of 2.0%. Moreover, EPS should increase to $2.49.

When assessing the forecast sustainability of a dividend it is also worth considering the cash flow of the business. Companies with strong cash flow can sustain a higher payout ratio, while companies with weaker cash flow generally cannot.

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. The reality is that it is too early to consider Texas Roadhouse as a dividend investment. It has only been consistently paying dividends for 8 years, however, standard practice for reliable payers is to look for a 10-year minimum track record.

Relative to peers, Texas Roadhouse produces a yield of 1.9%, which is on the low-side for Hospitality stocks.

Next Steps:

Taking all the above into account, Texas Roadhouse is a complicated pick for dividend investors given that there are a couple of positive things about it as well as negative. 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, 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. There are three important factors you should further examine:

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