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There is a lot to be liked about Old Republic International Corporation (NYSE:ORI) as an income stock. It has paid dividends over the past 10 years. The company currently pays out a dividend yield of 3.8% to shareholders, making it a relatively attractive dividend stock. Let’s dig deeper into whether Old Republic International should have a place in your portfolio.
5 checks you should use to assess a dividend stock
Whenever I am looking at a potential dividend stock investment, I always check these five metrics:
- Is it paying an annual yield above 75% 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?
- Does earnings amply cover its dividend payments?
- Will it have the ability to keep paying its dividends going forward?
How well does Old Republic International fit our criteria?
The company currently pays out 62% of its earnings as a dividend, according to its trailing twelve-month data, meaning the dividend is sufficiently covered by earnings. In the near future, analysts are predicting lower payout ratio of 40% which, assuming the share price stays the same, leads to a dividend yield of around 3.8%. However, EPS should increase to $1.85, meaning that the lower payout ratio does not necessarily implicate a lower dividend payment.
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 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. ORI has increased its DPS from $0.68 to $0.78 in the past 10 years. During this period it has not missed a payment, as one would expect for a company increasing its dividend. This is an impressive feat, which makes ORI a true dividend rockstar.
Relative to peers, Old Republic International generates a yield of 3.8%, which is high for Insurance stocks.
With this in mind, I definitely rank Old Republic International 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, 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. Below, I’ve compiled three pertinent aspects you should further examine:
- Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for ORI’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for ORI’s outlook.
- Valuation: What is ORI 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 ORI is currently mispriced by the market.
- Other 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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