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Is Home Federal Bancorp Inc of Louisiana (NASDAQ:HFBL) A Smart Pick For Income Investors?

Dividends play a key role in compounding returns over time and can form a large part of our portfolio return. Historically, Home Federal Bancorp Inc of Louisiana (NASDAQ:HFBL) has paid a dividend to shareholders. It currently yields 1.7%. Should it have a place in your portfolio? Let’s take a look at Home Federal Bancorp of Louisiana in more detail.

View our latest analysis for Home Federal Bancorp of Louisiana

How I analyze 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?
  • Has it paid dividend every year without dramatically reducing payout in the past?
  • Has it increased its dividend per share amount over the past?
  • Is its earnings sufficient to payout dividend at the current rate?
  • Will it have the ability to keep paying its dividends going forward?
NasdaqCM:HFBL Historical Dividend Yield October 16th 18

How well does Home Federal Bancorp of Louisiana fit our criteria?

The current trailing twelve-month payout ratio for the stock is 24%, meaning the dividend is sufficiently covered by 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.

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. Cash flow is important because companies with strong cash flow can usually sustain higher payout ratios.

If there’s one type of stock you want to be reliable, it’s dividend stocks and their stable income-generating ability. In the case of HFBL it has increased its DPS from $0.24 to $0.56 in the past 10 years. It has also been paying out dividend consistently during this time, as you’d expect for a company increasing its dividend levels. These are all positive signs of a great, reliable dividend stock.

Compared to its peers, Home Federal Bancorp of Louisiana generates a yield of 1.7%, which is on the low-side for Mortgage stocks.

Next Steps:

Taking into account the dividend metrics, Home Federal Bancorp of Louisiana 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 fundamental factors you should further research:

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