Is Tsakos Energy Navigation Limited (NYSE:TNP) A Smart Pick For Income Investors?

Dividends play a key role in compounding returns over time and can form a large part of our portfolio return. Tsakos Energy Navigation Limited (NYSE:TNP) has returned to shareholders over the past 10 years, an average dividend yield of 6.00% annually. Does Tsakos Energy Navigation tick all the boxes of a great dividend stock? Below, I’ll take you through my analysis. See our latest analysis for Tsakos Energy Navigation

5 questions I ask before picking 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 it paid dividend every year without dramatically reducing payout in the past?
  • Has dividend per share risen in the past couple of years?
  • Is is able to pay the current rate of dividends from its earnings?
  • Based on future earnings growth, will it be able to continue to payout dividend at the current rate?

NYSE:TNP Historical Dividend Yield June 15th 18
NYSE:TNP Historical Dividend Yield June 15th 18

Does Tsakos Energy Navigation pass our checks?

The current payout ratio for TNP is negative, which means that it is loss-making, and paying its dividend from its retained earnings. If there is one thing that you want to be reliable in your life, it’s dividend stocks and their constant income stream. Not only have dividend payouts from Tsakos Energy Navigation fallen over the past 10 years, it has also been highly volatile during this time, with drops of over 25% in some years. These characteristics do not bode well for income investors seeking reliable stream of dividends. Compared to its peers, Tsakos Energy Navigation has a yield of 5.71%, which is high for Oil and Gas stocks.

Next Steps:

If Tsakos Energy Navigation is in your portfolio for cash-generating reasons, there may be better alternatives out there. 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, you should always research extensively before deciding whether or not a stock is an appropriate investment for you. I always recommend analysing the company’s fundamentals and underlying business before making an investment decision. I’ve put together three relevant factors you should look at:

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