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Should Income Investors Buy Bar Harbor Bankshares (NYSEMKT:BHB) Before Its Ex-Dividend?

Vernon Smith

On the 15 March 2018, Bar Harbor Bankshares (AMEX:BHB) will be paying shareholders an upcoming dividend amount of $0.19 per share. However, investors must have bought the company’s stock before 14 February 2018 in order to qualify for the payment. That means you have only 3 days left! Investors looking for higher income-generating stocks to add to their portfolio should keep reading, as I examine Bar Harbor Bankshares’s latest financial data to analyse its dividend characteristics. Check out our latest analysis for Bar Harbor Bankshares

5 questions I ask before picking a dividend stock

When researching a dividend stock, I always follow the following screening criteria:

  • 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 amount increased over the past?
  • Does earnings amply cover its dividend payments?
  • Will it be able to continue to payout at the current rate in the future?
AMEX:BHB Historical Dividend Yield Feb 10th 18

How does Bar Harbor Bankshares fare?

The company currently pays out 43.63% of its earnings as a dividend, according to its trailing twelve-month data, which means that the dividend is 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 there’s one type of stock you want to be reliable, it’s dividend stocks and their stable income-generating ability. BHB has increased its DPS from $0.44 to $0.75 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. This is an impressive feat, which makes BHB a true dividend rockstar. Relative to peers, Bar Harbor Bankshares has a yield of 2.75%, which is on the low-side for Banks stocks.

Next Steps:

Keeping in mind the dividend characteristics above, Bar Harbor Bankshares is definitely worth considering for investors looking to build a dedicated income portfolio. Given that this is purely a dividend analysis, you should always research extensively before deciding whether or not a stock is an appropriate investment for you. I always recommend analysing the company’s fundamentals and underlying business before making an investment decision. There are three pertinent aspects you should look at:

To help readers see pass 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.