Should Income Investors Buy Tsakos Energy Navigation Limited (NYSE:TNP) Before Its Ex-Dividend?

Shares of Tsakos Energy Navigation Limited (NYSE:TNP) will begin trading ex-dividend in 3 days. To qualify for the dividend check of $0.05 per share, investors must have owned the shares prior to 02 May 2018, which is the last day the company’s management will finalize their list of shareholders to which they will send dividend payments. Should you diversify into Tsakos Energy Navigation and boost your portfolio income stream? Well, keep on reading because today, I’m going to look at the latest data and analyze the stock and its dividend property in further detail. See our latest analysis for Tsakos Energy Navigation

5 checks you should use to assess a dividend stock

If you are a dividend investor, you should always assess these five key 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 dividend per share amount increased over the past?
  • Can it afford to pay the current rate of dividends from its earnings?
  • Will the company be able to keep paying dividend based on the future earnings growth?

NYSE:TNP Historical Dividend Yield Apr 28th 18
NYSE:TNP Historical Dividend Yield Apr 28th 18

Does Tsakos Energy Navigation pass our checks?

The current payout ratio for TNP is negative, meaning that the company is not yet profitable and is paying dividend by dipping into its retained earnings. If dividend is a key criteria in your investment consideration, then you need to make sure the dividend stock you’re eyeing out is reliable in its payments. 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. Relative to peers, Tsakos Energy Navigation has a yield of 5.54%, which is high for Oil and Gas stocks.

Next Steps:

Taking all the above into account, Tsakos Energy Navigation is a complicated pick for dividend investors given that there are a couple of positive things about it as well as negative. However, if you are not strictly just a dividend investor, the stock could still offer some interesting investment opportunities. 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 key 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.