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Is Buying Hope Bancorp Inc (NASDAQ:HOPE) For Its Upcoming $0.13 Dividend A Good Choice?

Brandie Wetzel

Investors who want to cash in on Hope Bancorp Inc’s (NASDAQ:HOPE) upcoming dividend of $0.13 per share have only 3 days left to buy the shares before its ex-dividend date, 26 April 2018, in time for dividends payable on the 11 May 2018. Is this future income a persuasive enough catalyst for investors to think about Hope Bancorp as an investment today? Below, I’m going to look at the latest data and analyze the stock and its dividend property in further detail. View our latest analysis for Hope Bancorp

How I analyze a dividend stock

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

  • Is it the top 25% annual dividend yield payer?
  • Does it consistently pay out dividends without missing a payment of significantly cutting payout?
  • Has dividend per share amount increased over the past?
  • Can it afford 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:HOPE Historical Dividend Yield Apr 22nd 18

How does Hope Bancorp fare?

The company currently pays out 45.59% 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. Reliablity is an important factor for dividend stocks, particularly for income investors who want a strong track record of payment and a positive outlook for future payout. Although HOPE’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, Hope Bancorp generates a yield of 2.96%, which is on the low-side for Banks stocks.

Next Steps:

If Hope Bancorp is in your portfolio for cash-generating reasons, there may be better alternatives out there. 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. There are three fundamental factors you should further examine:

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


To help readers see pass 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.