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Should You Buy C&F Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:CFFI) For Its Dividend?

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Dividends can be underrated but they form a large part of investment returns, playing an important role in compounding returns in the long run. Historically, C&F Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:CFFI) has paid dividends to shareholders, and these days it yields 2.9%. Let’s dig deeper into whether C&F Financial should have a place in your portfolio.

Check out our latest analysis for C&F Financial

Here’s how I find good dividend stocks

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

  • Is it paying an annual yield above 75% of dividend payers?
  • Does it consistently pay out dividends without missing a payment of significantly cutting payout?
  • Has dividend per share amount increased over the past?
  • Is is able to pay the current rate of dividends from its earnings?
  • Will it be able to continue to payout at the current rate in the future?
NasdaqGS:CFFI Historical Dividend Yield, March 8th 2019

How well does C&F Financial fit our criteria?

The current trailing twelve-month payout ratio for the stock is 27%, 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 dividend is a key criteria in your investment consideration, then you need to make sure the dividend stock you’re eyeing out is reliable in its payments. Although CFFI’s per share payments have increased in the past 10 years, it has not been a completely smooth ride. Investors have seen reductions in the dividend per share in the past, although, it has picked up again.

In terms of its peers, C&F Financial has a yield of 2.9%, which is high for Banks stocks but still below the market’s top dividend payers.

Next Steps:

If you are building an income portfolio, then C&F Financial is a complicated choice since it has some positive aspects as well as negative ones. But if you are not exclusively a dividend investor, the stock could still be an interesting investment opportunity. 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. I’ve put together three important factors you should further examine:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for CFFI’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for CFFI’s outlook.
  2. Valuation: What is CFFI 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 CFFI is currently mispriced by the market.
  3. 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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