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How Does Citizens & Northern Corporation (NASDAQ:CZNC) Fare As A Dividend Stock?

David Rizzo

Dividends play a key role in compounding returns over time and can form a large part of our portfolio return. Historically, Citizens & Northern Corporation (NASDAQ:CZNC) has paid dividends to shareholders, and these days it yields 3.8%. Does Citizens & Northern tick all the boxes of a great dividend stock? Below, I’ll take you through my analysis.

See our latest analysis for Citizens & Northern

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?
  • Does it consistently pay out dividends without missing a payment of significantly cutting payout?
  • Has dividend per share risen in the past couple of years?
  • Is its earnings sufficient to payout dividend at the current rate?
  • Based on future earnings growth, will it be able to continue to payout dividend at the current rate?
NasdaqCM:CZNC Historical Dividend Yield August 31st 18

How well does Citizens & Northern fit our criteria?

The current trailing twelve-month payout ratio for the stock is 78.7%, 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 there is one thing that you want to be reliable in your life, it’s dividend stocks and their constant income stream. Although CZNC’s per share payments have increased in the past 10 years, it has not been a completely smooth ride. Shareholders would have seen a few years of reduced payments in this time.

In terms of its peers, Citizens & Northern has a yield of 3.8%, which is high for Banks stocks.

Next Steps:

With this in mind, I definitely rank Citizens & Northern as a strong dividend stock, and makes it worth further research for anyone who likes steady income generation from their portfolio. 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 factors you should look at:

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

To help readers see past 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. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com.