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Should First Hawaiian Inc (NASDAQ:FHB) Be Part Of Your Portfolio?

Jonathon Baker

A large part of investment returns can be generated by dividend-paying stock given their role in compounding returns over time. First Hawaiian Inc (NASDAQ:FHB) has paid a dividend to shareholders in the last few years. It currently yields 3.4%. Let’s dig deeper into whether First Hawaiian should have a place in your portfolio.

Check out our latest analysis for First Hawaiian

How I analyze a dividend stock

If you are a dividend investor, you should always assess these five key metrics:

  • Is it the top 25% annual dividend yield payer?
  • Does it consistently pay out dividends without missing a payment of significantly cutting payout?
  • Has the amount of dividend per share grown over the past?
  • Is is able to pay the current rate of dividends from its earnings?
  • Will the company be able to keep paying dividend based on the future earnings growth?
NasdaqGS:FHB Historical Dividend Yield September 20th 18

How well does First Hawaiian fit our criteria?

The company currently pays out 61.8% of its earnings as a dividend, according to its trailing twelve-month data, which means that the dividend is covered by earnings. In the near future, analysts are predicting lower payout ratio of 46.4%, leading to a dividend yield of 3.6%. However, EPS should increase to $2.11, meaning that the lower payout ratio does not necessarily implicate a lower dividend payment.

When considering the sustainability of dividends, it is also worth checking the cash flow of a company. A company with strong cash flow, relative to earnings, can sometimes sustain a high pay out ratio.

If there’s one type of stock you want to be reliable, it’s dividend stocks and their stable income-generating ability. Unfortunately, it is really too early to view First Hawaiian as a dividend investment. It has only been consistently paying dividends for 2 years, however, standard practice for reliable payers is to look for a 10-year minimum track record.

Relative to peers, First Hawaiian produces a yield of 3.4%, which is high for Banks stocks.

Next Steps:

Taking into account the dividend metrics, First Hawaiian 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, I urge potential investors to try and get a good understanding of the underlying business and its fundamentals before deciding on an investment. I’ve put together three key factors you should look at:

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