United Fire Group, Inc. : UFCS-US: Dividend Analysis : December 01st, 2017 (record date) : By the numbers : December 4, 2017

Our analysis is based on comparing United Fire Group, Inc. with the following peers – Loews Corporation, Cincinnati Financial Corporation, Travelers Companies, Inc., CNA Financial Corporation, American Financial Group, Inc., Arch Capital Group Ltd., RLI Corp., White Mountains Insurance Group Ltd, Hanover Insurance Group, Inc. and Erie Indemnity Company Class A (L-US, CINF-US, TRV-US, CNA-US, AFG-US, ACGL-US, RLI-US, WTM-US, THG-US and ERIE-US).

United Fire Group, Inc.’s dividend yield is 2.27 percent and its dividend payout is 168.25 percent. This compares to a peer average dividend yield of 2.43 percent and a payout level of 48.91 percent. This combination of a relatively lower dividend yield and a higher payout ratio suggest that the dividend payout might not be sustainable. The contra-indicator here is the relatively strong dividend quality score of 83 out of a possible score of 100, which points to some ability to sustain the higher payout ratio.

Dividend Yield
Dividend Quality Score

Dividend Quality Overview

  • Over the last twelve months (prior to September 30, 2017), UFCS-US paid a high quality dividend, which represents a yield of 2.21% at the current price.
  • Dividend quality trend has not been consistent over the last five years. Dividends were paid during each of these years — of these 4 were high quality and 1 was low quality.
  • The ending cash balance, with a dividend coverage of 3.69x, provides a substantial cushion in case of a significant reduction of cash flows in the future.
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Dividend Coverage

Over the last twelve months (prior to September 30, 2017), UFCS-US paid a high quality dividend.

The source of the company’s cash to support the dividend paid over the last twelve months is operating cash flow (coverage of 7.59x), investing cash flow (coverage of -3.62x), issuance cash flow (coverage of -3.40x) and twelve-month prior cash (coverage of 5.28x), for a total dividend coverage of 4.69x.

UFCS-US’s issuance cash flow includes outflows from net share buybacks (coverage of -0.93x). Thus, the total coverage including share buybacks is 5.63x, which reflects our assumption that the cash paid for share buybacks is discretionary and could instead be used to pay dividends.

Dividend Coverage by Cash Flow (TTM)

These coverage ratio factors imply that the firm’s dividends are wholly paid from operating and investing cash flows net of any debt repayments, which suggests a high dividend quality.

Dividend History

Item 2012-12-31 2013-12-31 2014-12-31 2015-12-31 2016-12-31 Latest
Dividend Yield (%) 2.77 2.41 2.65 2.25 1.97 2.27
Dividend Payout (%) 37.97 23.15 33.62 24.36 50.26 168.25

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Company Profile

United Fire Group, Inc. operates as a holding company, which is engaged in the business of writing property, casualty insurance, life insurance and selling annuities through a network of independent agencies. It provides insurance protection to individuals, businesses and organizations. The company operates its business through two segments: Property and Casualty Insurance, and Life Insurance. The Property and Casualty Insurance segment is comprised of commercial lines insurance, including surety bonds, personal lines insurance and assumed reinsurance. The Life Insurance segment is comprised of deferred and immediate fixed annuities, universal life insurance products and traditional life insurance products. United Fire Group was founded in January 1946 and is headquartered in Cedar Rapids, IA.

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