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Bank of South Carolina Corporation (NASDAQ:BKSC): 2 Days To Buy Before The Ex-Dividend Date

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On the 30 April 2019, Bank of South Carolina Corporation (NASDAQ:BKSC) will be paying shareholders an upcoming dividend amount of US$0.16 per share. However, investors must have bought the company's stock before 05 April 2019 in order to qualify for the payment. That means you have only 2 days left! What does this mean for current shareholders and potential investors? Below, I will explain how holding Bank of South Carolina can impact your portfolio income stream, by analysing the stock's most recent financial data and dividend attributes.

See our latest analysis for Bank of South Carolina

Here's how I find good dividend stocks

When researching a dividend stock, I always follow the following screening criteria:

  • Is their annual yield among the top 25% of dividend payers?
  • Has it paid dividend every year without dramatically reducing payout in the past?
  • Has dividend per share amount increased over the past?
  • Does earnings amply cover its dividend payments?
  • Will the company be able to keep paying dividend based on the future earnings growth?
NasdaqCM:BKSC Historical Dividend Yield, April 2nd 2019

How does Bank of South Carolina fare?

The company currently pays out 47% of its earnings as a dividend, according to its trailing twelve-month data, 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.

When considering the sustainability of dividends, it is also worth checking the cash flow of a company. Companies with strong cash flow can sustain a higher payout ratio, while companies with weaker cash flow generally cannot.

If there's one type of stock you want to be reliable, it's dividend stocks and their stable income-generating ability. BKSC has increased its DPS from $0.48 to $0.64 in the past 10 years. During this period it has not missed a payment, as one would expect for a company increasing its dividend. These are all positive signs of a great, reliable dividend stock.

In terms of its peers, Bank of South Carolina generates a yield of 3.4%, which is high for Banks stocks but still below the market's top dividend payers.

Next Steps:

Considering the dividend attributes we analyzed above, Bank of South Carolina is definitely worth keeping an eye on for someone looking to build a dedicated income portfolio. Given that this is purely a dividend analysis, I recommend taking sufficient time to understand its core business and determine whether the company and its investment properties suit your overall goals. There are three key factors you should further examine:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for BKSC’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for BKSC’s outlook.
  2. Valuation: What is BKSC 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 BKSC 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.

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