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Should You Buy Premier Financial Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:PFBI) For Its Upcoming Dividend In 4 Days?

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It looks like Premier Financial Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:PFBI) is about to go ex-dividend in the next 4 days. This means that investors who purchase shares on or after the 13th of March will not receive the dividend, which will be paid on the 31st of March.

Premier Financial Bancorp's upcoming dividend is US$0.15 a share, following on from the last 12 months, when the company distributed a total of US$0.60 per share to shareholders. Looking at the last 12 months of distributions, Premier Financial Bancorp has a trailing yield of approximately 3.9% on its current stock price of $15.51. We love seeing companies pay a dividend, but it's also important to be sure that laying the golden eggs isn't going to kill our golden goose! That's why we should always check whether the dividend payments appear sustainable, and if the company is growing.

See our latest analysis for Premier Financial Bancorp

Dividends are usually paid out of company profits, so if a company pays out more than it earned then its dividend is usually at greater risk of being cut. Premier Financial Bancorp paid out a comfortable 36% of its profit last year.

When a company paid out less in dividends than it earned in profit, this generally suggests its dividend is affordable. The lower the % of its profit that it pays out, the greater the margin of safety for the dividend if the business enters a downturn.

Click here to see how much of its profit Premier Financial Bancorp paid out over the last 12 months.

NasdaqGM:PFBI Historical Dividend Yield, March 8th 2020

Have Earnings And Dividends Been Growing?

Companies with consistently growing earnings per share generally make the best dividend stocks, as they usually find it easier to grow dividends per share. If earnings fall far enough, the company could be forced to cut its dividend. With that in mind, we're encouraged by the steady growth at Premier Financial Bancorp, with earnings per share up 7.9% on average over the last five years.

The main way most investors will assess a company's dividend prospects is by checking the historical rate of dividend growth. In the past ten years, Premier Financial Bancorp has increased its dividend at approximately 6.5% a year on average. We're glad to see dividends rising alongside earnings over a number of years, which may be a sign the company intends to share the growth with shareholders.

The Bottom Line

From a dividend perspective, should investors buy or avoid Premier Financial Bancorp? Premier Financial Bancorp has seen its earnings per share grow slowly in recent years, and the company reinvests more than half of its profits in the business, which generally bodes well for its future prospects. Overall, Premier Financial Bancorp looks like a promising dividend stock in this analysis, and we think it would be worth investigating further.

While it's tempting to invest in Premier Financial Bancorp for the dividends alone, you should always be mindful of the risks involved. In terms of investment risks, we've identified 3 warning signs with Premier Financial Bancorp and understanding them should be part of your investment process.

A common investment mistake is buying the first interesting stock you see. Here you can find a list of promising dividend stocks with a greater than 2% yield and an upcoming dividend.

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