Is Weyco Group Inc (NASDAQ:WEYS) A Smart Choice For Dividend Investors?

A large part of investment returns can be generated by dividend-paying stock given their role in compounding returns over time. Historically, Weyco Group Inc (NASDAQ:WEYS) has paid dividends to shareholders, and these days it yields 3.0%. Let’s dig deeper into whether Weyco Group should have a place in your portfolio.

See our latest analysis for Weyco Group

How I analyze 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?
  • Does it consistently pay out dividends without missing a payment of significantly cutting payout?
  • Has dividend per share risen in the past couple of years?
  • Is its earnings sufficient to payout dividend at the current rate?
  • Will it have the ability to keep paying its dividends going forward?
NasdaqGS:WEYS Historical Dividend Yield October 12th 18
NasdaqGS:WEYS Historical Dividend Yield October 12th 18

How does Weyco Group fare?

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. 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 thinking about whether a dividend is sustainable, another factor to consider is the cash flow. A company with strong cash flow, relative to earnings, can sometimes sustain a high pay out ratio.

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. In the case of WEYS it has increased its DPS from $0.56 to $0.92 in the past 10 years. It has also been paying out dividend consistently during this time, as you’d expect for a company increasing its dividend levels. These are all positive signs of a great, reliable dividend stock.

In terms of its peers, Weyco Group has a yield of 3.0%, which is high for Retail Distributors stocks but still below the market’s top dividend payers.

Next Steps:

Considering the dividend attributes we analyzed above, Weyco Group is definitely worth keeping an eye on for someone looking to build a dedicated income portfolio. Given that 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. There are three essential aspects you should further research:

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

To help readers see past the short term volatility of the financial market, we aim to bring you a long-term focused research analysis purely driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis does not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements.

The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com.