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2 Days Left Before Enterprise Bancorp Inc (NASDAQ:EBTC) Will Start Trading Ex-Dividend, Is It Worth Buying?

Cameron Brookes

On the 04 September 2018, Enterprise Bancorp Inc (NASDAQ:EBTC) will be paying shareholders an upcoming dividend amount of US$0.14 per share. However, investors must have bought the company’s stock before 10 August 2018 in order to qualify for the payment. That means you have only 2 days left! Should you diversify into Enterprise Bancorp and boost your portfolio income stream? Well, keep on reading because today, I’m going to look at the latest data and analyze the stock and its dividend property in further detail.

See our latest analysis for Enterprise Bancorp

5 questions I ask before picking a dividend stock

If you are a dividend investor, you should always assess these five key metrics:

  • Does it pay an annual yield higher than 75% of dividend payers?
  • Has it consistently paid a stable dividend without missing a payment or drastically cutting payout?
  • Has it increased its dividend per share amount over the past?
  • Can it afford to pay the current rate of dividends from its earnings?
  • Based on future earnings growth, will it be able to continue to payout dividend at the current rate?
NasdaqGS:EBTC Historical Dividend Yield August 7th 18

How does Enterprise Bancorp fare?

Enterprise Bancorp has a trailing twelve-month payout ratio of 28.78%, meaning the dividend is sufficiently covered by earnings. Furthermore, analysts have not forecasted a dividends per share for the future, which makes it hard to determine the yield shareholders should expect, and whether the current payout is sustainable, moving forward.

If there is one thing that you want to be reliable in your life, it’s dividend stocks and their constant income stream. In the case of EBTC it has increased its DPS from $0.36 to $0.58 in the past 10 years. During this period it has not missed a payment, as one would expect for a company increasing its dividend. This is an impressive feat, which makes EBTC a true dividend rockstar.

In terms of its peers, Enterprise Bancorp produces a yield of 1.56%, which is on the low-side for Banks stocks.

Next Steps:

With this in mind, I definitely rank Enterprise Bancorp as a strong dividend stock, and makes it worth further research for anyone who likes steady income generation from their portfolio. Given that this is purely a dividend analysis, I urge potential investors to try and get a good understanding of the underlying business and its fundamentals before deciding on an investment. There are three important factors you should further examine:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for EBTC’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for EBTC’s outlook.
  2. Valuation: What is EBTC worth today? Even if the stock is a cash cow, it’s not worth an infinite price. The intrinsic value infographic in our free research report helps visualize whether EBTC is currently mispriced by the market.
  3. Other Dividend Rockstars: Are there better dividend payers with stronger fundamentals out there? Check out our free list of these great stocks here.

To help readers see past the short term volatility of the financial market, we aim to bring you a long-term focused research analysis purely driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis does not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements.

The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com.