Apollo Global Management LLC (NYSE:APO): Ex-Dividend Is In 3 Days, Should You Buy?

On the 31 May 2018, Apollo Global Management LLC (NYSE:APO) will be paying shareholders an upcoming dividend amount of $0.38 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! Is this future income stream a compelling catalyst for dividend investors to think about the stock as an investment today? Let’s take a look at Apollo Global Management’s most recent financial data to examine its dividend characteristics in more detail. View our latest analysis for Apollo Global Management

Here’s how I find good dividend stocks

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 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?
  • Is it able to pay the current rate of dividends from its earnings?
  • Will it have the ability to keep paying its dividends going forward?

NYSE:APO Historical Dividend Yield May 13th 18
NYSE:APO Historical Dividend Yield May 13th 18

Does Apollo Global Management pass our checks?

The company currently pays out 78.17% of its earnings as a dividend, according to its trailing twelve-month data, meaning the dividend is sufficiently covered by earnings. Going forward, analysts expect APO’s payout to increase to 86.64% of its earnings, which leads to a dividend yield of around 8.80%. 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. Unfortunately, it is really too early to view Apollo Global Management 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. Relative to peers, Apollo Global Management has a yield of 6.80%, which is high for Capital Markets stocks.

Next Steps:

With these dividend metrics in mind, I definitely rank Apollo Global Management as a strong income stock, and is worth further research for anyone who considers dividends an important part of their portfolio strategy. 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 relevant factors you should further research:

  1. Valuation: What is APO 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 APO 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 Apollo Global Management’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.