Hormel Foods (NYSE:HRL) Will Pay A Dividend Of $0.2825

Hormel Foods Corporation +1.05%

Hormel Foods Corporation

HRL

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Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE:HRL) will pay a dividend of $0.2825 on the 15th of May. This payment means that the dividend yield will be 3.2%, which is around the industry average.

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Hormel Foods' Earnings Easily Cover The Distributions

While it is always good to see a solid dividend yield, we should also consider whether the payment is feasible. Before this announcement, Hormel Foods was paying out 76% of earnings, but a comparatively small 64% of free cash flows. In general, cash flows are more important than earnings, so we are comfortable that the dividend will be sustainable going forward, especially with so much cash left over for reinvestment.

Over the next year, EPS is forecast to expand by 33.6%. If the dividend continues along recent trends, we estimate the payout ratio will be 64%, which would make us comfortable with the sustainability of the dividend, despite the levels currently being quite high.

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NYSE:HRL Historic Dividend April 3rd 2024

Hormel Foods Has A Solid Track Record

Even over a long history of paying dividends, the company's distributions have been remarkably stable. The annual payment during the last 10 years was $0.34 in 2014, and the most recent fiscal year payment was $1.13. This means that it has been growing its distributions at 13% per annum over that time. We can see that payments have shown some very nice upward momentum without faltering, which provides some reassurance that future payments will also be reliable.

Dividend Growth May Be Hard To Achieve

The company's investors will be pleased to have been receiving dividend income for some time. However, things aren't all that rosy. It's not great to see that Hormel Foods' earnings per share has fallen at approximately 4.1% per year over the past five years. Declining earnings will inevitably lead to the company paying a lower dividend in line with lower profits. However, the next year is actually looking up, with earnings set to rise. We would just wait until it becomes a pattern before getting too excited.

Our Thoughts On Hormel Foods' Dividend

In summary, while it's good to see that the dividend hasn't been cut, we are a bit cautious about Hormel Foods' payments, as there could be some issues with sustaining them into the future. The company has been bring in plenty of cash to cover the dividend, but we don't necessarily think that makes it a great dividend stock. We don't think Hormel Foods is a great stock to add to your portfolio if income is your focus.

Investors generally tend to favour companies with a consistent, stable dividend policy as opposed to those operating an irregular one. At the same time, there are other factors our readers should be conscious of before pouring capital into a stock. Without at least some growth in earnings per share over time, the dividend will eventually come under pressure either from competition or inflation. See if the 9 analysts are forecasting a turnaround in our free collection of analyst estimates here. Looking for more high-yielding dividend ideas? Try our collection of strong dividend payers.

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