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How Does Summit Financial Group Inc (NASDAQ:SMMF) Fare As A Dividend Stock?

Dividends can be underrated but they form a large part of investment returns, playing an important role in compounding returns in the long run. Historically, Summit Financial Group Inc (NASDAQ:SMMF) has paid dividends to shareholders, and these days it yields 2.5%. Does Summit Financial Group tick all the boxes of a great dividend stock? Below, I’ll take you through my analysis.

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5 checks you should do on a dividend stock

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

  • Is its annual yield among the top 25% of dividend-paying companies?
  • Has its dividend been stable over the past (i.e. no missed payments or significant payout cuts)?
  • Has dividend per share risen in the past couple of years?
  • Is is able to pay the current rate of dividends from its earnings?
  • Will it have the ability to keep paying its dividends going forward?
NasdaqCM:SMMF Historical Dividend Yield November 14th 18

Does Summit Financial Group pass our checks?

Summit Financial Group has a trailing twelve-month payout ratio of 27%, which means that the dividend is covered by earnings. In the near future, analysts are predicting lower payout ratio of 24%, leading to a dividend yield of 2.6%. However, EPS should increase to $2.14, 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 business with strong cash flow can sustain a higher divided payout ratio than a company with weak cash flow.

If dividend is a key criteria in your investment consideration, then you need to make sure the dividend stock you’re eyeing out is reliable in its payments. Whilst its per-share payments have increased during the past 10 years, there has been some hiccups. Shareholders would have seen a few years of reduced payments in this time.

In terms of its peers, Summit Financial Group generates a yield of 2.5%, which is on the low-side for Banks stocks.

Next Steps:

With this in mind, I definitely rank Summit Financial Group as a strong dividend stock, and makes it worth further research for anyone who likes steady income generation from their portfolio. Given that this is purely a dividend analysis, you should always research extensively before deciding whether or not a stock is an appropriate investment for you. I always recommend analysing the company’s fundamentals and underlying business before making an investment decision. I’ve put together three fundamental aspects you should further examine:

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