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Does Bridge Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:BDGE) Have A Place In Your Portfolio?

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A sizeable part of portfolio returns can be produced by dividend stocks due to their contribution to compounding returns in the long run. Historically, Bridge Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:BDGE) has paid dividends to shareholders, and these days it yields 3.3%. Should it have a place in your portfolio? Let’s take a look at Bridge Bancorp in more detail.

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5 questions I ask before picking a dividend stock

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

  • Is their annual yield among the top 25% of dividend payers?
  • Has it consistently paid a stable dividend without missing a payment or drastically cutting payout?
  • Has it increased its dividend per share amount over the past?
  • Is its earnings sufficient to payout dividend at the current rate?
  • Will it have the ability to keep paying its dividends going forward?
NasdaqGS:BDGE Historical Dividend Yield, March 24th 2019

How does Bridge Bancorp fare?

The company currently pays out 47% of its earnings as a dividend, according to its trailing twelve-month data, meaning the dividend is sufficiently covered by earnings. In the near future, analysts are predicting lower payout ratio of 32% which, assuming the share price stays the same, leads to a dividend yield of 3.4%. However, EPS should increase to $2.74, meaning that the lower payout ratio does not necessarily implicate a lower dividend payment.

When considering the sustainability of dividends, it is also worth checking the cash flow of a company. A business with strong cash flow can sustain a higher divided payout ratio than a company with weak cash flow.

If there is one thing that you want to be reliable in your life, it’s dividend stocks and their constant income stream. The reality facing BDGE investors is that whilst it has continued to pay shareholders dividend, dividends are lower today, than they were a decade ago. However, income investors that value stability over growth may still find BDGE appealing.

Compared to its peers, Bridge Bancorp has a yield of 3.3%, which is high for Banks stocks but still below the market’s top dividend payers.

Next Steps:

Taking into account the dividend metrics, Bridge Bancorp ticks most of the boxes as a strong dividend investment, putting it in my list of top dividend payers. Given that this is purely a dividend analysis, you should always research extensively before deciding whether or not a stock is an appropriate investment for you. I always recommend analysing the company’s fundamentals and underlying business before making an investment decision. Below, I’ve compiled three important factors you should further examine:

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