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How Does FinecoBank Banca Fineco S.p.A. (BIT:FBK) Fare As A Dividend Stock?

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Could FinecoBank Banca Fineco S.p.A. (BIT:FBK) be an attractive dividend share to own for the long haul? Investors are often drawn to strong companies with the idea of reinvesting the dividends. Unfortunately, it's common for investors to be enticed in by the seemingly attractive yield, and lose money when the company has to cut its dividend payments.

With a 2.8% yield and a five-year payment history, investors probably think FinecoBank Banca Fineco looks like a reliable dividend stock. A 2.8% yield is not inspiring, but the longer payment history has some appeal. Some simple analysis can offer a lot of insights when buying a company for its dividend, and we'll go through this below.

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BIT:FBK Historical Dividend Yield, December 21st 2019

Payout ratios

Dividends are usually paid out of company earnings. If a company is paying more than it earns, then the dividend might become unsustainable - hardly an ideal situation. As a result, we should always investigate whether a company can afford its dividend, measured as a percentage of a company's net income after tax. In the last year, FinecoBank Banca Fineco paid out 74% of its profit as dividends. This is a healthy payout ratio, and while it does limit the amount of earnings that can be reinvested in the business, there is also some room to lift the payout ratio over time.

Remember, you can always get a snapshot of FinecoBank Banca Fineco's latest financial position, by checking our visualisation of its financial health.

Dividend Volatility

Before buying a stock for its income, we want to see if the dividends have been stable in the past, and if the company has a track record of maintaining its dividend. Looking at the data, we can see that FinecoBank Banca Fineco has been paying a dividend for the past five years. During the past five-year period, the first annual payment was €0.20 in 2014, compared to €0.30 last year. This works out to be a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of approximately 8.7% a year over that time.

The dividend has been growing at a reasonable rate, which we like. We're conscious though that one of the best ways to detect a multi-decade consistent dividend-payer, is to watch a company pay dividends for 20 years - a distinction FinecoBank Banca Fineco has not achieved yet.

Dividend Growth Potential

Dividend payments have been consistent over the past few years, but we should always check if earnings per share (EPS) are growing, as this will help maintain the purchasing power of the dividend. Strong earnings per share (EPS) growth might encourage our interest in the company despite fluctuating dividends, which is why it's great to see FinecoBank Banca Fineco has grown its earnings per share at 24% per annum over the past five years. With recent, rapid earnings per share growth and a payout ratio of 74%, this business looks like an interesting prospect if earnings are reinvested effectively.

Conclusion

When we look at a dividend stock, we need to form a judgement on whether the dividend will grow, if the company is able to maintain it in a wide range of economic circumstances, and if the dividend payout is sustainable. First, we think FinecoBank Banca Fineco has an acceptable payout ratio. Next, earnings growth has been good, but unfortunately the company has not been paying dividends as long as we'd like. FinecoBank Banca Fineco might not be a bad business, but it doesn't show all of the characteristics we look for in a dividend stock.

Companies that are growing earnings tend to be the best dividend stocks over the long term. See what the 8 analysts we track are forecasting for FinecoBank Banca Fineco for free with public analyst estimates for the company.

If you are a dividend investor, you might also want to look at our curated list of dividend stocks yielding above 3%.

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