Regular readers will know that we love our dividends at Simply Wall St, which is why it's exciting to see Lake Shore Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:LSBK) is about to trade ex-dividend in the next three days. If you purchase the stock on or after the 5th of August, you won't be eligible to receive this dividend, when it is paid on the 20th of August.
Lake Shore Bancorp's upcoming dividend is US$0.12 a share, following on from the last 12 months, when the company distributed a total of US$0.48 per share to shareholders. Calculating the last year's worth of payments shows that Lake Shore Bancorp has a trailing yield of 4.1% on the current share price of $11.57. If you buy this business for its dividend, you should have an idea of whether Lake Shore Bancorp's dividend is reliable and sustainable. That's why we should always check whether the dividend payments appear sustainable, and if the company is growing.
Dividends are typically paid out of company income, so if a company pays out more than it earned, its dividend is usually at a higher risk of being cut. Lake Shore Bancorp paid out 64% of its earnings to investors last year, a normal payout level for most businesses.
When a company paid out less in dividends than it earned in profit, this generally suggests its dividend is affordable. The lower the % of its profit that it pays out, the greater the margin of safety for the dividend if the business enters a downturn.
Have Earnings And Dividends Been Growing?
Stocks in companies that generate sustainable earnings growth often make the best dividend prospects, as it is easier to lift the dividend when earnings are rising. If business enters a downturn and the dividend is cut, the company could see its value fall precipitously. This is why it's a relief to see Lake Shore Bancorp earnings per share are up 6.5% per annum over the last five years.
The main way most investors will assess a company's dividend prospects is by checking the historical rate of dividend growth. Lake Shore Bancorp has delivered an average of 9.1% per year annual increase in its dividend, based on the past 10 years of dividend payments. It's encouraging to see the company lifting dividends while earnings are growing, suggesting at least some corporate interest in rewarding shareholders.
Should investors buy Lake Shore Bancorp for the upcoming dividend? Earnings per share have been growing at a reasonable rate, and the company is paying out a bit over half its earnings as dividends. We're unconvinced on the company's merits, and think there might be better opportunities out there.
If you want to look further into Lake Shore Bancorp, it's worth knowing the risks this business faces. Our analysis shows 2 warning signs for Lake Shore Bancorp and you should be aware of these before buying any shares.
If you're in the market for dividend stocks, we recommend checking our list of top dividend stocks with a greater than 2% yield and an upcoming dividend.
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