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Be Careful About Buying Emclaire Financial Corp (NASDAQ:EMCF) For The 3.32% Dividend

Isabel Galloway

Dividends play an important role in compounding returns in the long run and end up forming a sizeable part of investment returns. In the past 10 years Emclaire Financial Corp (NASDAQ:EMCF) has returned an average of 4.00% per year to investors in the form of dividend payouts. Let’s dig deeper into whether Emclaire Financial should have a place in your portfolio. See our latest analysis for Emclaire Financial

Here’s how I find good dividend stocks

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

  • 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 the amount of dividend per share grown over the past?
  • Does earnings amply cover its dividend payments?
  • Will it have the ability to keep paying its dividends going forward?
NasdaqCM:EMCF Historical Dividend Yield June 24th 18

How does Emclaire Financial fare?

The company currently pays out 51.84% 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.

If there is one thing that you want to be reliable in your life, it’s dividend stocks and their constant income stream. Dividend payments from Emclaire Financial have been volatile in the past 10 years, with some years experiencing significant drops of over 25%. These characteristics do not bode well for income investors seeking reliable stream of dividends.

Relative to peers, Emclaire Financial generates a yield of 3.32%, which is on the low-side for Banks stocks.

Next Steps:

Now you know to keep in mind the reason why investors should be careful investing in Emclaire Financial for the dividend. On the other hand, if you are not strictly just a dividend investor, the stock could still be offering some interesting investment opportunities. 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 key factors you should further examine:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for EMCF’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for EMCF’s outlook.
  2. Historical Performance: What has EMCF’s returns been like over the past? Go into more detail in the past track record analysis and take a look at the free visual representations of our analysis for more clarity.
  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.