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Is Mid Penn Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:MPB) A Smart Pick For Income Investors?

James Harlett

Dividends play an important role in compounding returns in the long run and end up forming a sizeable part of investment returns. Historically, Mid Penn Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:MPB) has been paying a dividend to shareholders. Today it yields 3.0%. Does Mid Penn Bancorp tick all the boxes of a great dividend stock? Below, I’ll take you through my analysis.

See our latest analysis for Mid Penn Bancorp

5 checks you should do on a dividend stock

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

  • Is it the top 25% annual dividend yield payer?
  • Has it consistently paid a stable dividend without missing a payment or drastically cutting payout?
  • Has it increased its dividend per share amount over the past?
  • Does earnings amply cover its dividend payments?
  • Will the company be able to keep paying dividend based on the future earnings growth?
NasdaqGM:MPB Historical Dividend Yield January 7th 19

Does Mid Penn Bancorp pass our checks?

Mid Penn Bancorp has a trailing twelve-month payout ratio of 56%, 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.

When thinking about whether a dividend is sustainable, another factor to consider is the cash flow. A company with strong cash flow, relative to earnings, can sometimes sustain a high pay out ratio.

If there is one thing that you want to be reliable in your life, it’s dividend stocks and their constant income stream. Not only have dividend payouts from Mid Penn Bancorp fallen over the past 10 years, it has also been highly volatile during this time, with drops of over 25% in some years. This means that dividend hunters should probably steer clear of the stock, at least for now until the track record improves.

Relative to peers, Mid Penn Bancorp has a yield of 3.0%, which is on the low-side for Banks stocks.

Next Steps:

Now you know to keep in mind the reason why investors should be careful investing in Mid Penn Bancorp for the dividend. But if you are not exclusively a dividend investor, the stock could still be an interesting investment opportunity. 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 relevant factors you should look at:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for MPB’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for MPB’s outlook.
  2. Valuation: What is MPB 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 MPB is currently mispriced by the market.
  3. 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.