Attention dividend hunters! Lakeland Bancorp Inc (NASDAQ:LBAI) will be distributing its dividend of US$0.12 per share on the 15 November 2018, and will start trading ex-dividend in 2 days time on the 02 November 2018. Investors looking for higher income-generating stocks to add to their portfolio should keep reading, as I examine Lakeland Bancorp’s latest financial data to analyse its dividend characteristics.
5 checks you should do on a dividend stock
When researching a dividend stock, I always follow the following screening criteria:
- 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 dividend per share amount increased over the past?
- 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?
How does Lakeland Bancorp fare?
The company currently pays out 34% of its earnings as a dividend, according to its trailing twelve-month data, meaning the dividend is sufficiently covered by earnings. Going forward, analysts expect LBAI’s payout to remain around the same level at 31% of its earnings, which leads to a dividend yield of around 2.8%. Furthermore, EPS should increase to $1.39.
When considering the sustainability of dividends, it is also worth checking the cash flow of a company. Cash flow is important because companies with strong cash flow can usually sustain higher payout ratios.
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. Although LBAI’s per share payments have increased in the past 10 years, it has not been a completely smooth ride. Shareholders would have seen a few years of reduced payments in this time.
Relative to peers, Lakeland Bancorp produces a yield of 2.8%, which is on the low-side for Banks stocks.
Taking into account the dividend metrics, Lakeland Bancorp 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, 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. I’ve put together three fundamental aspects you should look at:
- Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for LBAI’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for LBAI’s outlook.
- Valuation: What is LBAI 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 LBAI is currently mispriced by the market.
- Other Dividend Rockstars: Are there better dividend payers with stronger fundamentals out there? Check out our free list of these great stocks here.
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