Whether it's through stocks, bonds, ETFs, or other types of securities, all investors love seeing their portfolios score big returns. However, when you're an income investor, your primary focus is generating consistent cash flow from each of your liquid investments.
While cash flow can come from bond interest or interest from other types of investments, income investors hone in on dividends. A dividend is the distribution of a company's earnings paid out to shareholders; it's often viewed by its dividend yield, a metric that measures a dividend as a percent of the current stock price. Many academic studies show that dividends make up large portions of long-term returns, and in many cases, dividend contributions surpass one-third of total returns.
RPM International in Focus
Headquartered in Medina, RPM International (RPM - Free Report) is a Construction stock that has seen a price change of -29.35% so far this year. The specialty chemicals company is paying out a dividend of $0.36 per share at the moment, with a dividend yield of 2.66% compared to the Paints and Related Products industry's yield of 1.14% and the S&P 500's yield of 2.52%.
Taking a look at the company's dividend growth, its current annualized dividend of $1.44 is up 5.1% from last year. In the past five-year period, RPM International has increased its dividend 5 times on a year-over-year basis for an average annual increase of 7.62%. Future dividend growth will depend on earnings growth as well as payout ratio, which is the proportion of a company's annual earnings per share that it pays out as a dividend. RPM International's current payout ratio is 47%, meaning it paid out 47% of its trailing 12-month EPS as dividend.
RPM is expecting earnings to expand this fiscal year as well. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2020 is $3.31 per share, which represents a year-over-year growth rate of 22.14%.
Investors like dividends for a variety of different reasons, from tax advantages and decreasing overall portfolio risk to considerably improving stock investing profits. But, not every company offers a quarterly payout.
For instance, it's a rare occurrence when a tech start-up or big growth business offers their shareholders a dividend. It's more common to see larger companies with more established profits give out dividends. During periods of rising interest rates, income investors must be mindful that high-yielding stocks tend to struggle. With that in mind, RPM is a compelling investment opportunity. Not only is it a strong dividend play, but the stock currently sits at a Zacks Rank of 3 (Hold).