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First Defiance Financial Corp (NASDAQ:FDEF): Ex-Dividend Is In 4 Days

On the 16 November 2018, First Defiance Financial Corp (NASDAQ:FDEF) will be paying shareholders an upcoming dividend amount of US$0.17 per share. However, investors must have bought the company’s stock before 08 November 2018 in order to qualify for the payment. That means you have only 4 days left! What does this mean for current shareholders and potential investors? Below, I will explain how holding First Defiance Financial can impact your portfolio income stream, by analysing the stock’s most recent financial data and dividend attributes.

See our latest analysis for First Defiance Financial

5 checks you should do on a dividend stock

If you are a dividend investor, you should always assess these five key 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 the amount of dividend per share grown over the past?
  • Can it afford to pay the current rate of dividends from its earnings?
  • Based on future earnings growth, will it be able to continue to payout dividend at the current rate?
NasdaqGS:FDEF Historical Dividend Yield November 3rd 18

How well does First Defiance Financial fit our criteria?

First Defiance Financial has a trailing twelve-month payout ratio of 28%, which means that the dividend is covered by earnings. Going forward, analysts expect FDEF’s payout to increase to 40% of its earnings, which leads to a dividend yield of around 3.1%. Moreover, EPS should increase to $2.29. The higher payout forecasted, along with higher earnings, should lead to greater dividend income for investors 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 business with strong cash flow can sustain a higher divided payout ratio than a company with weak cash flow.

If there’s one type of stock you want to be reliable, it’s dividend stocks and their stable income-generating ability. Whilst its per-share payments have increased during the past 10 years, there has been some hiccups. Investors have seen reductions in the dividend per share in the past, although, it has picked up again.

In terms of its peers, First Defiance Financial has a yield of 2.5%, which is on the low-side for Mortgage stocks.

Next Steps:

Taking into account the dividend metrics, First Defiance Financial ticks most of the boxes as a strong dividend investment, putting it in my list of top dividend payers. 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 relevant factors you should further research:

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