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Does Flushing Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:FFIC) Have A Place In Your Portfolio?

Armando Maloney

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There is a lot to be liked about Flushing Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:FFIC) as an income stock. It has paid dividends over the past 10 years. The company is currently worth US$647m, and now yields roughly 3.4%. Does Flushing Financial tick all the boxes of a great dividend stock? Below, I’ll take you through my analysis.

Check out our latest analysis for Flushing Financial

How I analyze a dividend stock

When assessing a stock as a potential addition to my dividend Portfolio, I look at these five areas:

  • Is it the top 25% annual dividend yield payer?
  • Has it paid dividend every year without dramatically reducing payout in the past?
  • Has dividend per share risen in the past couple of years?
  • Can it afford to pay the current rate of dividends from its earnings?
  • Will it be able to continue to payout at the current rate in the future?
NASDAQGS:FFIC Historical Dividend Yield February 20th 19

Does Flushing Financial pass our checks?

Flushing Financial has a trailing twelve-month payout ratio of 42%, which means that the dividend is covered by earnings. In the near future, analysts are predicting lower payout ratio of 36% which, assuming the share price stays the same, leads to a dividend yield of around 3.5%. In addition to this, EPS is also forecasted to fall to $1.73 in the upcoming year. The lower EPS on top of a lower payout ratio will lead to a fall in dividend payment moving forward.

When assessing the forecast sustainability of a dividend it is also worth considering the cash flow of the business. Cash flow is important because companies with strong cash flow can usually sustain higher payout ratios.

If there’s one type of stock you want to be reliable, it’s dividend stocks and their stable income-generating ability. In the case of FFIC it has increased its DPS from $0.52 to $0.80 in the past 10 years. It has also been paying out dividend consistently during this time, as you’d expect for a company increasing its dividend levels. These are all positive signs of a great, reliable dividend stock.

Compared to its peers, Flushing Financial generates a yield of 3.4%, which is high for Banks stocks but still below the market’s top dividend payers.

Next Steps:

Keeping in mind the dividend characteristics above, Flushing Financial is definitely worth considering for investors looking to build a dedicated income 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. There are three essential aspects you should further research:

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