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Is It Smart To Buy Hamilton Beach Brands Holding Company (NYSE:HBB) Before It Goes Ex-Dividend?

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Hamilton Beach Brands Holding Company ( NYSE:HBB ) is about to trade ex-dividend in the next 4 days. You will need to purchase shares before the 29th of August to receive the dividend, which will be paid on the 13th of September.

Hamilton Beach Brands Holding's next dividend payment will be US$0.09 per share, and in the last 12 months, the company paid a total of US$0.36 per share. Based on the last year's worth of payments, Hamilton Beach Brands Holding stock has a trailing yield of around 2.5% on the current share price of $14.33. Dividends are an important source of income to many shareholders, but the health of the business is crucial to maintaining those dividends. We need to see whether the dividend is covered by earnings and if it's growing.

View our latest analysis for Hamilton Beach Brands Holding

If a company pays out more in dividends than it earned, then the dividend might become unsustainable - hardly an ideal situation. Hamilton Beach Brands Holding is paying out just 23% of its profit after tax, which is comfortably low and leaves plenty of breathing room in the case of adverse events. That said, even highly profitable companies sometimes might not generate enough cash to pay the dividend, which is why we should always check if the dividend is covered by cash flow. It paid out 23% of its free cash flow as dividends last year, which is conservatively low.

It's positive to see that Hamilton Beach Brands Holding's dividend is covered by both profits and cash flow, since this is generally a sign that the dividend is sustainable, and a lower payout ratio usually suggests a greater margin of safety before the dividend gets cut.

Click here to see how much of its profit Hamilton Beach Brands Holding paid out over the last 12 months.

NYSE:HBB Historical Dividend Yield, August 24th 2019

Have Earnings And Dividends Been Growing?

Stocks with flat earnings can still be attractive dividend payers, but it is important to be more conservative with your approach and demand a greater margin for safety when it comes to dividend sustainability. If business enters a downturn and the dividend is cut, the company could see its value fall precipitously. It's not encouraging to see that Hamilton Beach Brands Holding's earnings are effectively flat over the past five years. We'd take that over an earnings decline any day, but in the long run, the best dividend stocks all grow their earnings per share. Hamilton Beach Brands Holding is retaining more than three-quarters of its earnings and has a history of generating some growth in earnings. We think this is a reasonable combination.

Another key way to measure a company's dividend prospects is by measuring its historical rate of dividend growth. Hamilton Beach Brands Holding has delivered 2.9% dividend growth per year on average over the past 2 years.

To Sum It Up

Has Hamilton Beach Brands Holding got what it takes to maintain its dividend payments? The company has barely grown earnings per share over this time, but at least it's paying out a decently low percentage of its earnings and cashflow as dividends. This could suggest management is reinvesting in future growth opportunities. We would prefer to see earnings growing faster, but the best dividend stocks over the long term typically combine strong earnings per share growth with a low payout ratio, and Hamilton Beach Brands Holding is halfway there. It's a promising combination that should mark this company worthy of closer attention.

Keen to explore more data on Hamilton Beach Brands Holding's financial performance? Check out our visualisation of its historical revenue and earnings growth.

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