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Should The First of Long Island Corporation (NASDAQ:FLIC) Be Part Of Your Dividend Portfolio?

Over the past 10 years The First of Long Island Corporation (NASDAQ:FLIC) has been paying dividends to shareholders. The company is currently worth US$535m, and now yields roughly 3.2%. Should it have a place in your portfolio? Let’s take a look at First of Long Island in more detail.

View our latest analysis for First of Long Island

5 checks you should do on a dividend stock

When assessing a stock as a potential addition to my dividend Portfolio, I look at these five areas:

  • Does it pay an annual yield higher than 75% of dividend payers?
  • Does it consistently pay out dividends without missing a payment of significantly cutting payout?
  • Has it increased its dividend per share amount over the past?
  • Is is able 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:FLIC Historical Dividend Yield November 21st 18

Does First of Long Island pass our checks?

First of Long Island has a trailing twelve-month payout ratio of 40%, which means that the dividend is covered by earnings. In the near future, analysts are predicting a payout ratio of 40%, leading to a dividend yield of 3.1%. Furthermore, EPS should increase to $1.67.

When assessing the forecast sustainability of a dividend it is also worth considering the cash flow of the business. Companies with strong cash flow can sustain a higher payout ratio, while companies with weaker cash flow generally cannot.

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. FLIC has increased its DPS from $0.32 to $0.68 in the past 10 years. During this period it has not missed a payment, as one would expect for a company increasing its dividend. These are all positive signs of a great, reliable dividend stock.

In terms of its peers, First of Long Island generates a yield of 3.2%, which is high for Banks stocks but still below the market’s top dividend payers.

Next Steps:

Keeping in mind the dividend characteristics above, First of Long Island is definitely worth considering for investors looking to build a dedicated income 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. I’ve put together three relevant aspects you should further examine:

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