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Is Resources Connection, Inc. (NASDAQ:RECN) A Smart Pick For Income Investors?

Audra Newberry

A large part of investment returns can be generated by dividend-paying stock given their role in compounding returns over time. Historically, Resources Connection, Inc. ( NASDAQ:RECN ) has paid a dividend to shareholders. It currently yields 3.2%. Let’s dig deeper into whether Resources Connection should have a place in your portfolio.

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5 questions to ask before buying a dividend stock

Whenever I am looking at a potential dividend stock investment, I always check these five metrics:

  • Is its annual yield among the top 25% of dividend-paying companies?
  • Has it consistently paid a stable dividend without missing a payment or drastically cutting payout?
  • Has dividend per share risen in the past couple of years?
  • 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?
NasdaqGS:RECN Historical Dividend Yield January 11th 19

How does Resources Connection fare?

The current trailing twelve-month payout ratio for the stock is 64%, which means that the dividend is 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 considering the sustainability of dividends, it is also worth checking the cash flow of a company . A company with strong cash flow, relative to earnings, can sometimes sustain a high pay out ratio.

If there’s one type of stock you want to be reliable, it’s dividend stocks and their stable income-generating ability. Unfortunately, it is really too early to view Resources Connection as a dividend investment. It has only been consistently paying dividends for 8 years, however, standard practice for reliable payers is to look for a 10-year minimum track record.

Compared to its peers, Resources Connection produces a yield of 3.2%, which is high for Professional Services stocks but still below the market’s top dividend payers.

Next Steps:

Now you know to keep in mind the reason why investors should be careful investing in Resources Connection 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, 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 relevant aspects you should look at:

  1. Future Outlook : What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for RECN’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for RECN’s outlook.
  2. Valuation : What is RECN 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 RECN is currently mispriced by the market.
  3. 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 .