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Should Elmira Savings Bank (NASDAQ:ESBK) Be Part Of Your Dividend Portfolio?

Blake Harford

Over the past 10 years Elmira Savings Bank (NASDAQ:ESBK) has returned an average of 5.00% per year from dividend payouts. The company is currently worth US$67.99M, and now yields roughly 4.49%. Let’s dig deeper into whether Elmira Savings Bank should have a place in your portfolio. See our latest analysis for Elmira Savings Bank

5 checks you should use to assess a dividend stock

When researching a dividend stock, I always follow the following screening criteria:

  • Is it the top 25% annual dividend yield payer?

  • Does it consistently pay out dividends without missing a payment or significantly cutting payout?

  • Has it increased its dividend per share amount over the past?

  • Is it able to pay the current rate of dividends from its earnings?

  • Will it have the ability to keep paying its dividends going forward?

NasdaqCM:ESBK Historical Dividend Yield Jun 5th 18
NasdaqCM:ESBK Historical Dividend Yield Jun 5th 18

How well does Elmira Savings Bank fit our criteria?

Elmira Savings Bank has a trailing twelve-month payout ratio of 70.20%, 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. Reliablity is an important factor for dividend stocks, particularly for income investors who want a strong track record of payment and a positive outlook for future payout. In the case of ESBK it has increased its DPS from $0.63 to $0.92 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. This is an impressive feat, which makes ESBK a true dividend rockstar. Compared to its peers, Elmira Savings Bank produces a yield of 4.49%, which is high for Mortgage stocks.

Next Steps:

With this in mind, I definitely rank Elmira Savings Bank 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, 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 key factors you should further examine:

  1. Valuation: What is ESBK 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 ESBK is currently mispriced by the market.

  2. Management Team: An experienced management team on the helm increases our confidence in the business – take a look at who sits on Elmira Savings Bank’s board and the CEO’s back ground.

  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 pass 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.