PetMed Express, Inc. (NASDAQ:PETS) Should Be In Your Dividend Portfolio, Here’s Why

Over the past 10 years PetMed Express, Inc. (NASDAQ:PETS) has grown its dividend payouts from $0.40 to $1.08. With a market cap of US$434m, PetMed Express pays out 51% of its earnings, leading to a 5.1% yield. Let me elaborate on you why the stock stands out for income investors like myself.

See our latest analysis for PetMed Express

What Is A Dividend Rock Star?

It is a stock that pays a stable and consistent dividend, having done so reliably for the past decade with the expectation of this continuing into the future. More specifically:

  • It is paying an annual yield above 75% of dividend payers
  • It has paid dividend every year without dramatically reducing payout in the past
  • Its dividend per share amount has increased over the past
  • It can afford to pay the current rate of dividends from its earnings
  • It is able to continue to payout at the current rate in the future

High Yield And Dependable

The company’s dividend yield stands at 5.1%, which is high for Online Retail stocks. But the real reason PetMed Express stands out is because it has a high chance of being able to continue to pay dividend at this level for years to come, something that is quite desirable if you are looking to create a portfolio that generates a steady stream of income.

NasdaqGS:PETS Historical Dividend Yield, March 18th 2019
NasdaqGS:PETS Historical Dividend Yield, March 18th 2019

If there’s one type of stock you want to be reliable, it’s dividend stocks and their stable income-generating ability. PETS has increased its DPS from $0.40 to $1.08 in the past 10 years. During this period it has not missed a payment, as one would expect for a company increasing its dividend. These are all positive signs of a great, reliable dividend stock.

The company currently pays out 51% of its earnings as a dividend, according to its trailing twelve-month data, meaning the dividend is sufficiently covered by earnings. Going forward, analysts expect PETS’s payout to remain around the same level at 55% of its earnings. Assuming a constant share price, this equates to a dividend yield of 5.1%. Furthermore, EPS is forecasted to fall to $1.91 in the upcoming year.

When considering the sustainability of dividends, it is also worth checking the cash flow of a company. A business with strong cash flow can sustain a higher divided payout ratio than a company with weak cash flow.

Next Steps:

With PetMed Express producing strong dividend income for your portfolio over the past few years, you can take comfort in knowing that this stock will still continue to be a top dividend generator moving forward. However, given this is purely a dividend analysis, I urge potential investors to try and get a good understanding of the underlying business and its fundamentals before deciding on an investment. Below, I’ve compiled three relevant factors you should further examine:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for PETS’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for PETS’s outlook.
  2. Valuation: What is PETS 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 PETS is currently mispriced by the market.
  3. Other Dividend Rockstars: Are there strong dividend payers with better fundamentals out there? Check out our free list of these great stocks here.

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