Have you been keeping an eye on Enterprise Bancorp Inc’s (NASDAQ:EBTC) upcoming dividend of $0.14 per share payable on the 01 March 2018? Then you only have 3 days left before the stock starts trading ex-dividend on the 07 February 2018. Investors looking for higher income-generating stocks to add to their portfolio should keep reading, as I examine Enterprise Bancorp’s latest financial data to analyse its dividend characteristics. See our latest analysis for Enterprise Bancorp
5 questions to ask before buying a dividend stock
When assessing a stock as a potential addition to my dividend Portfolio, I look at these five areas:
- Is it paying an annual yield above 75% of dividend payers?
- Does it consistently pay out dividends without missing a payment of significantly cutting payout?
- Has dividend per share risen in the past couple of years?
- Is its earnings sufficient to payout dividend at the current rate?
- Will the company be able to keep paying dividend based on the future earnings growth?
How does Enterprise Bancorp fare?
Enterprise Bancorp has a trailing twelve-month payout ratio of 32.21%, 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. If there is one thing that you want to be reliable in your life, it’s dividend stocks and their constant income stream. In the case of EBTC it has increased its DPS from $0.36 to $0.58 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, Enterprise Bancorp produces a yield of 1.71%, which is on the low-side for Banks stocks.
If Enterprise Bancorp is in your portfolio for cash-generating reasons, there may be better alternatives out there. But if you are not exclusively a dividend investor, the stock could still be an interesting investment opportunity. 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 aspects you should look at:
- 1. Valuation: What is EBTC 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 EBTC 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 Enterprise Bancorp’s board and the CEO’s back ground.
- 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 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.