Dominion Energy, Inc. (NYSE:D) Should Be In Your Dividend Portfolio, Here’s Why

Dominion Energy, Inc. (NYSE:D) is a true Dividend Rock Star. Its yield of 4.9% makes it one of the market’s top dividend payer. In the past ten years, Dominion Energy has also grown its dividend from $1.75 to $3.67. Below, I have outlined more attractive dividend aspects for Dominion Energy for income investors who may be interested in new dividend stocks for their portfolio.

Check out our latest analysis for Dominion Energy

What Is A Dividend Rock Star?

It is a stock that pays a reliable and steady dividend over the past decade, at a rate that is competitive relative to the other dividend-paying companies on the market. More specifically:

  • Its annual yield is among the top 25% 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

Dominion Energy’s yield sits at 4.9%, which is high for Integrated Utilities stocks. But the real reason Dominion Energy stands out is because it has a proven track record of continuously paying out this level of dividends, from earnings, to shareholders and can be expected to continue paying in the future. This is a highly desirable trait for a stock holding if you’re investor who wants a robust cash inflow from your portfolio over a long period of time.

NYSE:D Historical Dividend Yield, March 20th 2019
NYSE:D Historical Dividend Yield, March 20th 2019

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 D it has increased its DPS from $1.75 to $3.67 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 D a true dividend rockstar.

Dominion Energy has a trailing twelve-month payout ratio of 89%, which means that the dividend is covered by earnings. Going forward, analysts expect D’s payout to remain around the same level at 86% of its earnings. Assuming a constant share price, this equates to a dividend yield of around 5.1%. In addition to this, EPS should increase to $4.22.

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:

Dominion Energy ticks all the boxes for what I look for in a dividend stock. If you are looking to build an income focused portfolio, this could be one to include. However, given 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 essential factors you should look at:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for D’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for D’s outlook.
  2. Valuation: What is D 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 D 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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