The Hershey Company (NYSE:HSY): Dividend Is Coming In 2 Days, Should You Buy?

Investors who want to cash in on The Hershey Company’s (NYSE:HSY) upcoming dividend of US$0.72 per share have only 2 days left to buy the shares before its ex-dividend date, 23 August 2018, in time for dividends payable on the 14 September 2018. Should you diversify into Hershey 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.

Check out our latest analysis for Hershey

5 checks you should do on a dividend stock

When assessing a stock as a potential addition to my dividend Portfolio, I look at these five areas:

  • Is it the top 25% annual dividend yield payer?
  • Has its dividend been stable over the past (i.e. no missed payments or significant payout cuts)?
  • Has the amount of dividend per share grown 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:HSY Historical Dividend Yield August 20th 18
NYSE:HSY Historical Dividend Yield August 20th 18

How well does Hershey fit our criteria?

The company currently pays out 53.63% of its earnings as a dividend, according to its trailing twelve-month data, which means that the dividend is covered by earnings. Going forward, analysts expect HSY’s payout to remain around the same level at 54.74% of its earnings, which leads to a dividend yield of 2.97%. Moreover, EPS should increase to $5.49.

If there is one thing that you want to be reliable in your life, it’s dividend stocks and their constant income stream. In the case of HSY it has increased its DPS from $1.19 to $2.89 in the past 10 years. During this period it has not missed a payment, as one would expect for a company increasing its dividend. These are all positive signs of a great, reliable dividend stock.

Compared to its peers, Hershey generates a yield of 2.85%, which is high for Food stocks but still below the market’s top dividend payers.

Next Steps:

With this in mind, I definitely rank Hershey as a strong dividend stock, and makes it worth further research for anyone who likes steady income generation from their portfolio. 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 factors you should further examine:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for HSY’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for HSY’s outlook.
  2. Valuation: What is HSY 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 HSY is currently mispriced by the market.
  3. Other 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.