Is it time to buy Cummins Inc for the Dividends? (CMI:NYSE)

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We assess Cummins Inc (CMI:NYSE), a dividend paying company in the industrial goods industry to determine if it is a healthy dividend paying stock that investors should consider as a solid income generating addition to their portfolios or not. Cummins Inc is currently priced at $85.38 after moving up 1.58% in the previous day of trading. [Trend Analysis]

CMI is currently paying an annualized dividend of $3.90 per share, translating to a dividend yield of approximately 4.51%. Generally we would consider a stock paying a dividend greater than 80% of its earnings to be risky.

This is due to the possibility that they will be unable to afford to pay the dividend in the future due to having no reserves and also not having cash reserves available for emergencies. Cummins Inc (CMI:NYSE) currently has a dividend pay out ratio of 35.40%, therefore we consider CMI’s dividend to be relatively safe, in this respect.

The next assessment we perform is by determining the quick ratio of CMI. The quick ratio tells us if a company will be able to cover all of its current liabilities with liquid assets on hand. As a rule of thumb a number of 1.0 or better indicates this is likely, meaning the stock’s dividend is less risky. Cummins Inc currently has a quick ratio of 1.50, meaning it is in a relatively safe position.

Finally we look at the estimated earnings growth for Cummins Inc (CMI:NYSE) over the coming 5 years. Generally if earnings are predicted to continue to grow, one can expect there to be continued earnings from which to pay dividends.

Cummins Inc has an estimated annual growth over the next 5 years of 5.10%. This means that it would appear CMI should be able to maintain and grow their dividend.

Cummins Inc (CMI:NYSE) made their last dividend payment on Jan-15 and went ex-dividend on 11/18/2015.

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