Consider This Before Buying The National Security Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:NSEC) For The 1.7% Dividend

Dividends can be underrated but they form a large part of investment returns, playing an important role in compounding returns in the long run. Historically, The National Security Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:NSEC) has paid a dividend to shareholders. It currently yields 1.7%. Should it have a place in your portfolio? Let’s take a look at National Security Group in more detail.

Check out our latest analysis for National Security Group

5 checks you should use to assess a dividend stock

When researching a dividend stock, I always follow the following screening criteria:

  • Is it paying an annual yield above 75% of dividend payers?
  • Has it consistently paid a stable dividend without missing a payment or drastically 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?
NasdaqGM:NSEC Historical Dividend Yield, March 27th 2019
NasdaqGM:NSEC Historical Dividend Yield, March 27th 2019

How does National Security Group fare?

National Security Group has a trailing twelve-month payout ratio of 65%, 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 business with strong cash flow can sustain a higher divided payout ratio than a company with weak cash flow.

If there’s one type of stock you want to be reliable, it’s dividend stocks and their stable income-generating ability. Dividend payments from National Security Group have been volatile in the past 10 years, with some years experiencing significant drops of over 25%. These characteristics do not bode well for income investors seeking reliable stream of dividends.

Compared to its peers, National Security Group produces a yield of 1.7%, which is on the low-side for Insurance stocks.

Next Steps:

After digging a little deeper into National Security Group’s yield, it’s easy to see why you should be cautious investing in the company just for the dividend. 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 relevant factors you should further examine:

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