Is GAIN Capital Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:GCAP) An Attractive Dividend Stock?

Dividends play a key role in compounding returns over time and can form a large part of our portfolio return. Historically, GAIN Capital Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:GCAP) has paid dividends to shareholders, and these days it yields 3.7%. Should it have a place in your portfolio? Let’s take a look at GAIN Capital Holdings in more detail.

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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 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 amount increased over the past?
  • Is is able to pay the current rate of dividends from its earnings?
  • Will it have the ability to keep paying its dividends going forward?
NYSE:GCAP Historical Dividend Yield January 23rd 19
NYSE:GCAP Historical Dividend Yield January 23rd 19

Does GAIN Capital Holdings pass our checks?

The current trailing twelve-month payout ratio for the stock is 44%, which means that the dividend is 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.

When thinking about whether a dividend is sustainable, another factor to consider is the cash flow. Companies with strong cash flow can sustain a higher payout ratio, while companies with weaker cash flow generally cannot.

If there’s one type of stock you want to be reliable, it’s dividend stocks and their stable income-generating ability. The reality is that it is too early to consider GAIN Capital Holdings 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, GAIN Capital Holdings has a yield of 3.7%, which is high for Capital Markets stocks.

Next Steps:

If you are building an income portfolio, then GAIN Capital Holdings is a complicated choice since it has some positive aspects as well as negative ones. But if you are not exclusively a dividend investor, the stock could still be an interesting investment opportunity. Given that this is purely a dividend analysis, I recommend taking sufficient time to understand its core business and determine whether the company and its investment properties suit your overall goals. There are three pertinent aspects you should look at:

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

To help readers see past the short term volatility of the financial market, we aim to bring you a long-term focused research analysis purely driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis does not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements.

The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com.