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Is Buying Pathfinder Bancorp Inc (NASDAQ:PBHC) For Its Upcoming $0.06 Dividend A Good Choice?

Luis Baughman

Investors who want to cash in on Pathfinder Bancorp Inc’s (NASDAQ:PBHC) upcoming dividend of $0.06 per share have only 6 days left to buy the shares before its ex-dividend date, 19 April 2018, in time for dividends payable on the 11 May 2018. What does this mean for current shareholders and potential investors? Below, I will explain how holding Pathfinder Bancorp can impact your portfolio income stream, by analysing the stock’s most recent financial data and dividend attributes. See our latest analysis for Pathfinder Bancorp

5 checks you should use to assess a dividend stock

Whenever I am looking at a potential dividend stock investment, I always check these five 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 dividend per share amount increased over the past?
  • Does earnings amply cover its dividend payments?
  • Will it be able to continue to payout at the current rate in the future?
NasdaqCM:PBHC Historical Dividend Yield Apr 12th 18

How does Pathfinder Bancorp fare?

Pathfinder Bancorp has a trailing twelve-month payout ratio of 25.13%, which means that the dividend is 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 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. Not only have dividend payouts from Pathfinder Bancorp fallen over the past 10 years, it has also been highly volatile during this time, with drops of over 25% in some years. This means that dividend hunters should probably steer clear of the stock, at least for now until the track record improves. Relative to peers, Pathfinder Bancorp has a yield of 1.57%, which is on the low-side for Mortgage stocks.

Next Steps:

After digging a little deeper into Pathfinder Bancorp’s yield, it’s easy to see why you should be cautious investing in the company just for the dividend. 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. Below, I’ve compiled three pertinent aspects you should further examine:

  1. Valuation: What is PBHC 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 PBHC is currently mispriced by the market.
  2. Management Team: An experienced management team on the helm increases our confidence in the business – take a look at who sits on Pathfinder Bancorp’s board and the CEO’s back ground.
  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.