Adams Diversified Equity Fund Inc (NYSE:ADX): Ex-Dividend Is In 3 Days, Should You Buy?

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Simply Wall St
Published
May 13, 2018
NYSE:ADX

On the 01 June 2018, Adams Diversified Equity Fund Inc (NYSE:ADX) will be paying shareholders an upcoming dividend amount of $0.05 per share. However, investors must have bought the company's stock before 17 May 2018 in order to qualify for the payment. That means you have only 3 days left! What does this mean for current shareholders and potential investors? Below, I will explain how holding Adams Diversified Equity Fund can impact your portfolio income stream, by analysing the stock's most recent financial data and dividend attributes. View our latest analysis for Adams Diversified Equity Fund

How I analyze a dividend stock

If you are a dividend investor, you should always assess these five key metrics:

  • Is it the top 25% annual dividend yield payer?
  • Has it consistently paid a stable dividend without missing a payment or drastically cutting payout?
  • Has the amount of dividend per share grown 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:ADX Historical Dividend Yield May 13th 18
NYSE:ADX Historical Dividend Yield May 13th 18

How does Adams Diversified Equity Fund fare?

The current trailing twelve-month payout ratio for the stock is 37.57%, meaning the dividend is sufficiently covered by earnings. 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. 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. Whilst its per-share payments have increased during the past 10 years, there has been some hiccups. Shareholders would have seen a few years of reduced payments in this time. Relative to peers, Adams Diversified Equity Fund has a yield of 9.02%, which is high for Capital Markets stocks.

Next Steps:

With this in mind, I definitely rank Adams Diversified Equity Fund as a strong dividend stock, and makes it worth further research for anyone who likes steady income generation from their 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 essential factors you should further research:

  1. Valuation: What is ADX 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 ADX 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 Adams Diversified Equity Fund’s board and the CEO’s back ground.
  3. Other 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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