Dividends play a key role in compounding returns over time and can form a large part of our portfolio return. James River Group Holdings, Ltd. (NASDAQ:JRVR) has paid a dividend to shareholders in the last few years. It currently yields 3.0%. Does James River Group Holdings tick all the boxes of a great dividend stock? Below, I’ll take you through my analysis.
5 questions to ask before buying a dividend stock
When researching a dividend stock, I always follow the following screening criteria:
- Is its annual yield among the top 25% of dividend-paying companies?
- Does it consistently pay out dividends without missing a payment of significantly cutting payout?
- Has dividend per share risen in the past couple of years?
- Does earnings amply cover its dividend payments?
- Will it be able to continue to payout at the current rate in the future?
Does James River Group Holdings pass our checks?
The current trailing twelve-month payout ratio for the stock is 56%, meaning the dividend is sufficiently covered by earnings. However, going forward, analysts expect JRVR’s payout to fall to 48% of its earnings. Assuming a constant share price, this equates to a dividend yield of 3.2%. However, EPS should increase to $2.61, meaning that the lower payout ratio does not necessarily implicate a lower dividend payment.
When considering the sustainability of dividends, it is also worth checking the cash flow of a company. Companies with strong cash flow can sustain a higher payout ratio, while companies with weaker cash flow generally cannot.
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. The reality is that it is too early to consider James River Group Holdings as a dividend investment. It has only been consistently paying dividends for 4 years, however, standard practice for reliable payers is to look for a 10-year minimum track record.
In terms of its peers, James River Group Holdings generates a yield of 3.0%, which is high for Insurance stocks but still below the market’s top dividend payers.
If James River Group Holdings 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, 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 important aspects you should look at:
- Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for JRVR’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for JRVR’s outlook.
- Valuation: What is JRVR 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 JRVR is currently mispriced by the market.
- 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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