Read This Before Buying Hallador Energy Company (NASDAQ:HNRG) For Its Dividend

A large part of investment returns can be generated by dividend-paying stock given their role in compounding returns over time. Historically, Hallador Energy Company (NASDAQ:HNRG) has paid dividends to shareholders, and these days it yields 2.9%. Does Hallador Energy tick all the boxes of a great dividend stock? Below, I’ll take you through my analysis.

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Here’s how I find good dividend stocks

Whenever I am looking at a potential dividend stock investment, I always check these five metrics:

  • Is their annual yield among the top 25% of dividend payers?
  • Does it consistently pay out dividends without missing a payment of significantly cutting payout?
  • Has the amount of dividend per share grown over the past?
  • Does earnings amply cover its dividend payments?
  • Will it be able to continue to payout at the current rate in the future?
NasdaqCM:HNRG Historical Dividend Yield, March 12th 2019
NasdaqCM:HNRG Historical Dividend Yield, March 12th 2019

How does Hallador Energy fare?

Hallador Energy has a trailing twelve-month payout ratio of 19%, 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 assessing the forecast sustainability of a dividend it is also worth considering the cash flow of the business. A company with strong cash flow, relative to earnings, can sometimes sustain a high pay out ratio.

If there is one thing that you want to be reliable in your life, it’s dividend stocks and their constant income stream. The reality is that it is too early to consider Hallador Energy as a dividend investment. It has only been consistently paying dividends for 8 years, however, standard practice for reliable payers is to look for a 10-year minimum track record.

Relative to peers, Hallador Energy has a yield of 2.9%, which is on the low-side for Oil and Gas stocks.

Next Steps:

After digging a little deeper into Hallador Energy’s yield, it’s easy to see why you should be cautious investing in the company just for the dividend. On the other hand, if you are not strictly just a dividend investor, the stock could still be offering some interesting investment opportunities. 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. Below, I’ve compiled three pertinent aspects you should further examine:

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

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