A large part of investment returns can be generated by dividend-paying stock given their role in compounding returns over time. Over the past 10 years, Adams Diversified Equity Fund Inc (NYSE:ADX) has returned an average of 4.00% per year to shareholders in terms of dividend yield. Let's dig deeper into whether Adams Diversified Equity Fund should have a place in your portfolio.
5 checks you should use to assess a dividend stock
If you are a dividend investor, you should always assess these five key metrics:
- Is their annual yield among the top 25% of dividend payers?
- Has its dividend been stable over the past (i.e. no missed payments or significant payout cuts)?
- Has dividend per share risen in the past couple of years?
- Does earnings amply cover its dividend payments?
- Will it be able to continue to payout at the current rate in the future?
How does Adams Diversified Equity Fund fare?
The company currently pays out 37.57% of its earnings as a dividend, according to its trailing twelve-month data, 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.
If there is one thing that you want to be reliable in your life, it's dividend stocks and their constant income stream. Although ADX's per share payments have increased in the past 10 years, it has not been a completely smooth ride. Shareholders would have seen a few years of reduced payments in this time.
In terms of its peers, Adams Diversified Equity Fund produces a yield of 8.54%, which is high for Capital Markets stocks.
Taking into account the dividend metrics, Adams Diversified Equity Fund ticks most of the boxes as a strong dividend investment, putting it in my list of top dividend payers. 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. I've put together three important aspects you should further research:
- Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for ADX’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for ADX’s outlook.
- Historical Performance: What has ADX's returns been like over the past? Go into more detail in the past track record analysis and take a look at the free visual representations of our analysis for more clarity.
- 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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