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How Does MidWestOne Financial Group Inc (NASDAQ:MOFG) Fare As A Dividend Stock?

A large part of investment returns can be generated by dividend-paying stock given their role in compounding returns over time. Historically, MidWestOne Financial Group Inc (NASDAQ:MOFG) has paid a dividend to shareholders. It currently yields 2.6%. Should it have a place in your portfolio? Let’s take a look at MidWestOne Financial Group in more detail.

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5 questions I ask before picking a dividend stock

Whenever I am looking at a potential dividend stock investment, I always check these five metrics:

  • Is it paying an annual yield above 75% of dividend payers?
  • Has it paid dividend every year without dramatically reducing payout in the past?
  • Has dividend per share risen in the past couple of years?
  • Is its earnings sufficient to payout dividend at the current rate?
  • Will it be able to continue to payout at the current rate in the future?
NasdaqGS:MOFG Historical Dividend Yield November 7th 18

How does MidWestOne Financial Group fare?

MidWestOne Financial Group has a trailing twelve-month payout ratio of 44%, which means that the dividend is covered by earnings. However, going forward, analysts expect MOFG’s payout to fall to 29% of its earnings, which leads to a dividend yield of around 2.8%. However, EPS should increase to $2.97, meaning that the lower payout ratio does not necessarily implicate a lower dividend payment.

If you want to dive deeper into the sustainability of a certain payout ratio, you may wish to consider the cash flow of the business. A company with strong cash flow, relative to earnings, can sometimes sustain a high pay out ratio.

If there is one thing that you want to be reliable in your life, it’s dividend stocks and their constant income stream. Although MOFG’s per share payments have increased in the past 10 years, it has not been a completely smooth ride. Investors have seen reductions in the dividend per share in the past, although, it has picked up again.

Compared to its peers, MidWestOne Financial Group produces a yield of 2.6%, which is on the low-side for Banks stocks.

Next Steps:

Keeping in mind the dividend characteristics above, MidWestOne Financial Group is definitely worth considering for investors looking to build a dedicated income portfolio. Given that this is purely a dividend analysis, I recommend taking sufficient time to understand its core business and determine whether the company and its investment properties suit your overall goals. Below, I’ve compiled three pertinent factors you should further examine:

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