Is Buying Sun Communities Inc (NYSE:SUI) For Its Upcoming $0.71 Dividend A Good Choice?

If you are interested in cashing in on Sun Communities Inc’s (NYSE:SUI) upcoming dividend of $0.71 per share, you only have 3 days left to buy the shares before its ex-dividend date, 28 March 2018, in time for dividends payable on the 16 April 2018. Is this future income stream a compelling catalyst for dividend investors to think about the stock as an investment today? Let’s take a look at Sun Communities’s most recent financial data to examine its dividend characteristics in more detail. Check out our latest analysis for Sun Communities

Here’s how I find good dividend stocks

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

  • Is it paying an annual yield above 75% of dividend payers?
  • Has its dividend been stable over the past (i.e. no missed payments or significant payout cuts)?
  • Has it increased its dividend per share amount over the past?
  • Is its earnings sufficient to payout dividend at the current rate?
  • Based on future earnings growth, will it be able to continue to payout dividend at the current rate?

NYSE:SUI Historical Dividend Yield Mar 24th 18
NYSE:SUI Historical Dividend Yield Mar 24th 18

How well does Sun Communities fit our criteria?

Although REITs are expected to payout a high portion of the earnings, Sun Communities currently pays out more than double its net income, meaning that dividend is predominantly funded by retained earnings. Furthermore, analysts are forecasting the payout ratio to remain at this high level going forward, leading to a future of uncertainty around the stability of SUI’s dividend income. Reliablity is an important factor for dividend stocks, particularly for income investors who want a strong track record of payment and a positive outlook for future payout. In the case of SUI it has increased its DPS from $2.52 to $2.84 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 SUI a true dividend rockstar. Compared to its peers, Sun Communities produces a yield of 3.18%, which is on the low-side for REITs stocks.

Next Steps:

If Sun Communities is in your portfolio for cash-generating reasons, there may be better alternatives out there. 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, I recommend taking sufficient time to understand its core business and determine whether the company and its investment properties suit your overall goals. I’ve put together three important aspects you should further research: