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Is Fauquier Bankshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:FBSS) An Attractive Dividend Stock?

Alexis Guardo

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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, Fauquier Bankshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:FBSS) has paid dividends to shareholders, and these days it yields 2.2%. Does Fauquier Bankshares tick all the boxes of a great dividend stock? Below, I’ll take you through my analysis.

Check out our latest analysis for Fauquier Bankshares

5 checks you should use to assess a dividend stock

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

  • Is it paying an annual yield above 75% of dividend payers?
  • Has it consistently paid a stable dividend without missing a payment or drastically cutting payout?
  • 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?
NasdaqCM:FBSS Historical Dividend Yield, February 21st 2019

Does Fauquier Bankshares pass our checks?

The company currently pays out 30% 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.

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 company with strong cash flow, relative to earnings, can sometimes sustain a high pay out ratio.

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. The reality facing FBSS investors is that whilst it has continued to pay shareholders dividend, dividends are lower today, than they were a decade ago. However, income investors that value stability over growth may still find FBSS appealing.

Compared to its peers, Fauquier Bankshares has a yield of 2.2%, which is on the low-side for Banks stocks.

Next Steps:

If you are building an income portfolio, then Fauquier Bankshares is a complicated choice since it has some positive aspects as well as negative ones. 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 further examine:

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

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