Some investors rely on dividends for growing their wealth, and if you're one of those dividend sleuths, you might be intrigued to know that 1st Constitution Bancorp (NASDAQ:FCCY) is about to go ex-dividend in just 3 days. You can purchase shares before the 9th of August in order to receive the dividend, which the company will pay on the 23rd of August.
1st Constitution Bancorp's upcoming dividend is US$0.075 a share, following on from the last 12 months, when the company distributed a total of US$0.30 per share to shareholders. Based on the last year's worth of payments, 1st Constitution Bancorp stock has a trailing yield of around 1.7% on the current share price of $17.62. Dividends are an important source of income to many shareholders, but the health of the business is crucial to maintaining those dividends. We need to see whether the dividend is covered by earnings and if it's growing.
Dividends are typically paid from company earnings. If a company pays more in dividends than it earned in profit, then the dividend could be unsustainable. 1st Constitution Bancorp has a low and conservative payout ratio of just 18% of its income after tax.
Generally speaking, the lower a company's payout ratios, the more resilient its dividend usually is.
Have Earnings And Dividends Been Growing?
Businesses with strong growth prospects usually make the best dividend payers, because it's easier to grow dividends when earnings per share are improving. If earnings decline and the company is forced to cut its dividend, investors could watch the value of their investment go up in smoke. For this reason, we're glad to see 1st Constitution Bancorp's earnings per share have risen 14% per annum over the last five years.
Another key way to measure a company's dividend prospects is by measuring its historical rate of dividend growth. In the last 3 years, 1st Constitution Bancorp has lifted its dividend by approximately 14% a year on average. It's great to see earnings per share growing rapidly over several years, and dividends per share growing right along with it.
Has 1st Constitution Bancorp got what it takes to maintain its dividend payments? Companies like 1st Constitution Bancorp that are growing rapidly and paying out a low fraction of earnings, are usually reinvesting heavily in their business. This strategy can add significant value to shareholders over the long term - as long as it's done without issuing too many new shares. In summary, 1st Constitution Bancorp appears to have some promise as a dividend stock, and we'd suggest taking a closer look at it.
Curious what other investors think of 1st Constitution Bancorp? See what analysts are forecasting, with this visualisation of its historical and future estimated earnings and cash flow .
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