Should You Buy Houlihan Lokey, Inc. (NYSE:HLI) For Its Upcoming Dividend?

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Simply Wall St
Published
August 28, 2020
NYSE:HLI

Houlihan Lokey, Inc. (NYSE:HLI) is about to trade ex-dividend in the next three days. You can purchase shares before the 1st of September in order to receive the dividend, which the company will pay on the 15th of September.

Houlihan Lokey's next dividend payment will be US$0.33 per share. Last year, in total, the company distributed US$1.32 to shareholders. Calculating the last year's worth of payments shows that Houlihan Lokey has a trailing yield of 2.2% on the current share price of $59.47. Dividends are a major contributor to investment returns for long term holders, but only if the dividend continues to be paid. We need to see whether the dividend is covered by earnings and if it's growing.

Check out our latest analysis for Houlihan Lokey

Dividends are typically paid out of company income, so if a company pays out more than it earned, its dividend is usually at a higher risk of being cut. Houlihan Lokey paid out a comfortable 42% of its profit last year.

Generally speaking, the lower a company's payout ratios, the more resilient its dividend usually is.

Click here to see the company's payout ratio, plus analyst estimates of its future dividends.

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NYSE:HLI Historic Dividend August 28th 2020

Have Earnings And Dividends Been Growing?

Companies with consistently growing earnings per share generally make the best dividend stocks, as they usually find it easier to grow dividends per share. If earnings fall far enough, the company could be forced to cut its dividend. Fortunately for readers, Houlihan Lokey's earnings per share have been growing at 16% a year for the past five years.

The main way most investors will assess a company's dividend prospects is by checking the historical rate of dividend growth. Since the start of our data, five years ago, Houlihan Lokey has lifted its dividend by approximately 17% a year on average. It's exciting to see that both earnings and dividends per share have grown rapidly over the past few years.

To Sum It Up

Has Houlihan Lokey got what it takes to maintain its dividend payments? When companies are growing rapidly and retaining a majority of the profits within the business, it's usually a sign that reinvesting earnings creates more value than paying dividends to shareholders. This strategy can add significant value to shareholders over the long term - as long as it's done without issuing too many new shares. In summary, Houlihan Lokey appears to have some promise as a dividend stock, and we'd suggest taking a closer look at it.

With that in mind, a critical part of thorough stock research is being aware of any risks that stock currently faces. For example, we've found 2 warning signs for Houlihan Lokey that we recommend you consider before investing in the business.

We wouldn't recommend just buying the first dividend stock you see, though. Here's a list of interesting dividend stocks with a greater than 2% yield and an upcoming dividend.

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