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Does Peoples Bancorp of North Carolina, Inc. (NASDAQ:PEBK) Have A Place In Your Portfolio?

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Dividends play an important role in compounding returns in the long run and end up forming a sizeable part of investment returns. Historically, Peoples Bancorp of North Carolina, Inc. (NASDAQ:PEBK) has been paying a dividend to shareholders. Today it yields 2.0%. Should it have a place in your portfolio? Let’s take a look at Peoples Bancorp of North Carolina in more detail.

Check out our latest analysis for Peoples Bancorp of North Carolina

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5 checks you should do on a dividend stock

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

  • Is their annual yield among the top 25% of dividend payers?
  • Has its dividend been stable over the past (i.e. no missed payments or significant payout cuts)?
  • Has dividend per share amount increased over the past?
  • 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?
NasdaqGM:PEBK Historical Dividend Yield, March 24th 2019

How does Peoples Bancorp of North Carolina fare?

The current trailing twelve-month payout ratio for the stock is 23%, 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 you want to dive deeper into the sustainability of a certain payout ratio, you may wish to consider the cash flow of the business. Companies with strong cash flow can sustain a higher payout ratio, while companies with weaker cash flow generally cannot.

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 PEBK it has increased its DPS from $0.36 to $0.56 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.

Relative to peers, Peoples Bancorp of North Carolina produces a yield of 2.0%, which is on the low-side for Banks stocks.

Next Steps:

Considering the dividend attributes we analyzed above, Peoples Bancorp of North Carolina is definitely worth keeping an eye on for someone 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. There are three important factors you should further examine:

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

We aim to bring you long-term focused research analysis driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis may not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements or qualitative material.

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