Should New England Realty Associates Limited Partnership (NYSEMKT:NEN) Be Part Of Your Income Portfolio?

A sizeable part of portfolio returns can be produced by dividend stocks due to their contribution to compounding returns in the long run. Historically, New England Realty Associates Limited Partnership (NYSEMKT:NEN) has paid dividends to shareholders, and these days it yields 2.2%. Let’s dig deeper into whether New England Realty Associates Limited Partnership should have a place in your portfolio.

View our latest analysis for New England Realty Associates Limited Partnership

5 questions I ask before picking a dividend stock

If you are a dividend investor, you should always assess these five key metrics:

  • 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?
  • Is is able to pay the current rate of dividends from its earnings?
  • Will the company be able to keep paying dividend based on the future earnings growth?
AMEX:NEN Historical Dividend Yield, February 27th 2019
AMEX:NEN Historical Dividend Yield, February 27th 2019

Does New England Realty Associates Limited Partnership pass our checks?

The current trailing twelve-month payout ratio for NEN is 105%, meaning the dividend is not sufficiently covered by its 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 is one thing that you want to be reliable in your life, it’s dividend stocks and their constant income stream. Although NEN’s per share payments have increased in the past 10 years, it has not been a completely smooth ride. Investors have seen reductions in the dividend per share in the past, although, it has picked up again.

Compared to its peers, New England Realty Associates Limited Partnership has a yield of 2.2%, which is on the low-side for Real Estate stocks.

Next Steps:

After digging a little deeper into New England Realty Associates Limited Partnership’s yield, it’s easy to see why you should be cautious investing in the company just for the dividend. On the other hand, if you are not strictly just a dividend investor, the stock could still be offering some interesting investment opportunities. 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. There are three key aspects you should look at:

  1. Valuation: What is NEN 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 NEN is currently mispriced by the market.
  2. Management Team: An experienced management team on the helm increases our confidence in the business – take a look at who sits on New England Realty Associates Limited Partnership’s board and the CEO’s back ground.
  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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