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Is FNCB Bancorp Inc (NASDAQ:FNCB) A Top Dividend Stock?

Ricardo Crouch

A large part of investment returns can be generated by dividend-paying stock given their role in compounding returns over time. Historically, FNCB Bancorp Inc (NASDAQ:FNCB) has paid a dividend to shareholders. It currently yields 1.7%. Let’s dig deeper into whether FNCB Bancorp should have a place in your portfolio.

See our latest analysis for FNCB Bancorp

How I analyze a dividend stock

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

  • Is their annual yield among the top 25% 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?
  • Can it afford to pay the current rate of dividends from its earnings?
  • Will it have the ability to keep paying its dividends going forward?
NasdaqCM:FNCB Historical Dividend Yield September 11th 18

How does FNCB Bancorp fare?

FNCB currently pays out twice what it is earning, according to its trailing twelve-month data, meaning that the dividend is predominantly funded by retained 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.

When considering the sustainability of dividends, it is also worth checking the cash flow of a company. 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. Dividend payments from FNCB Bancorp have been volatile in the past 10 years, with some years experiencing significant drops of over 25%. This means that dividend hunters should probably steer clear of the stock, at least for now until the track record improves.

In terms of its peers, FNCB Bancorp generates a yield of 1.7%, which is on the low-side for Banks stocks.

Next Steps:

After digging a little deeper into FNCB Bancorp’s yield, it’s easy to see why you should be cautious investing in the company just for the dividend. On the other hand, if you are not strictly just a dividend investor, the stock could still be offering some interesting investment opportunities. 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 important aspects you should further research:

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

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.