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How Does Peoples Bancorp of North Carolina Inc (NASDAQ:PEBK) Fare As A Dividend Stock?

A sizeable part of portfolio returns can be produced by dividend stocks due to their contribution to compounding returns in the long run. Historically, Peoples Bancorp of North Carolina Inc (NASDAQ:PEBK) has paid dividends to shareholders, and these days it yields 1.8%. Does Peoples Bancorp of North Carolina tick all the boxes of a great dividend stock? Below, I’ll take you through my analysis.

Check out our latest analysis for Peoples Bancorp of North Carolina

Here’s how I find good dividend stocks

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

  • Is it the top 25% annual dividend yield payer?
  • Does it consistently pay out dividends without missing a payment of significantly cutting payout?
  • Has the amount of dividend per share grown over the past?
  • Does earnings amply cover its dividend payments?
  • Will the company be able to keep paying dividend based on the future earnings growth?
NasdaqGM:PEBK Historical Dividend Yield October 12th 18

How well does Peoples Bancorp of North Carolina fit our criteria?

The company currently pays out 25% of its earnings as a dividend, according to its trailing twelve-month data, meaning the dividend is sufficiently 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.

When thinking about whether a dividend is sustainable, another factor to consider is the cash flow. 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. Although PEBK’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.

Relative to peers, Peoples Bancorp of North Carolina has a yield of 1.8%, which is on the low-side for Banks stocks.

Next Steps:

Whilst there are few things you may like about Peoples Bancorp of North Carolina from a dividend stock perspective, the truth is that overall it probably is not the best choice for a dividend investor. However, if you are not strictly just a dividend investor, the stock could still offer some interesting investment opportunities. 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. I’ve put together three key aspects you should further research:

  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. 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.