Is McDonald's a Top Dividend Stock for Volatile Markets
August 03, 2022 at 01:00 AM EDT
The fast food behemoth McDonald's Corporation (NYSE: MCD) has seen excellent global comparable sales in Q2, an increase of nearly 10% and growth across all segments (the U.S. segment increased 3.7%, the International Operated Markets segment increased 13% and the International Developmental Licensed Markets segment increased 16%). Sales in the top six markets exceeded $6 billion for the quarter.
Let's take a closer look at McDonald's as a company, why you should consider investing in McDonald's (and why you might not want to invest in the fast food giant).
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Today, McDonald's Corporation, headquartered in Chicago, operates and franchises restaurants across the world. It is famous for its hamburgers and cheeseburgers, chicken nuggets, fries, shakes, desserts, sundaes, soft serve cones, soft drinks, coffee, biscuit and bagel sandwiches, breakfast burritos, hotcakes and other specialties.
You may be intimately aware of its ubiquitous name and brand, but what about its history? Let's take a quick look.
After Dick and Mac McDonald failed in the movie business, they realized their ability to operate drive-in restaurants. In 1948, they sold 15-cent hamburgers and began franchising their restaurant, offering hamburgers, shakes and fries. Ray Kroc became the McDonald brothers' franchise agent and in 1955, opened the first McDonald’s east of the Mississippi River. By 1967, McDonald's restaurants had opened in Canada and Puerto Rico and now has over 36,000 restaurants in over 100 nations.
Along the way, the restaurant created the Filet-O-Fish sandwich (in 1965), the Big Mac (in 1968), the Quarter Pounder and Quarter Pounder with Cheese (in 1973), the Egg McMuffin (in 1975), Chicken McNuggets (in 1983) and McFlurry desserts (in 1995). The Ronald McDonald House was created in 1974 and its global ad campaign, “i’m lovin’ it” launched in 2003. In 2020, McDonald’s opened its first net zero-designed restaurant at Walt Disney World Resort.
McDonald's had its initial public offering (IPO) on April 21, 1965. One share of stock cost investors $22.50 and the stock cost $30 per share on the very first trading day. Let's say that you had bought 100 shares on the day it had its IPO. By March 1999, you would have owned over 74,000 shares due to 12 stock splits that cumulatively expanded share counts by a factor of 729. You would have had almost $16,000,000 in hand. In 2022, the company is worth around $185.17 billion.
Why You Should Consider Investing in McDonald's
Let's take a look at why you may want to consider investing in McDonald's.
Why You May Want to Steer Clear of Investing in McDonald's
Now, let's take a close look at reasons why you may want to avoid investing in McDonald's.
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Consider Your Portfolio as a Whole Before Investing in McDonald's
There are a lot of great companies to consider investing in, and McDonald's Corporation is one that has stood the test of time. Increasing sales, and earnings that surprised analysts outperforming competitors are three good characteristics McDonalds is delivering right now.
Before you invest, analyze McDonald's Corporation's full bottom line, balance sheet, fundamentals and more. Purchasing shares of McDonald's stock for dividends means that you may hold on to the stock for the long term, particularly if you might want to live off the dividends in retirement.
If McDonald's Corporation isn't your best match, consider investing in other well-established companies because you can typically depend on them to offer reliable dividend payments, particularly the Dividend Kings vs. Aristocrats.
Still not sure which small portion of a company you want to purchase? Take a look at 11 Dividend Stocks with High Yields.