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Northeast Community Bancorp's (NASDAQ:NECB) Shareholders Will Receive A Bigger Dividend Than Last Year

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Northeast Community Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:NECB) has announced that it will be increasing its dividend on the 16th of August to US$0.06. Even though the dividend went up, the yield is still quite low at only 1.5%.

View our latest analysis for Northeast Community Bancorp

Northeast Community Bancorp's Earnings Easily Cover the Distributions

It would be nice for the yield to be higher, but we should also check if higher levels of dividend payment would be sustainable. However, Northeast Community Bancorp's earnings easily cover the dividend. This means that most of its earnings are being retained to grow the business.

If the trend of the last few years continues, EPS will grow by 39.2% over the next 12 months. If the dividend continues along recent trends, we estimate the payout ratio will be 14%, which is in the range that makes us comfortable with the sustainability of the dividend.

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Dividend Volatility

The company has a long dividend track record, but it doesn't look great with cuts in the past. The first annual payment during the last 10 years was US$0.09 in 2011, and the most recent fiscal year payment was US$0.24. This works out to be a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of approximately 10% a year over that time. Northeast Community Bancorp has grown distributions at a rapid rate despite cutting the dividend at least once in the past. Companies that cut once often cut again, so we would be cautious about buying this stock solely for the dividend income.

The Dividend Looks Likely To Grow

With a relatively unstable dividend, it's even more important to evaluate if earnings per share is growing, which could point to a growing dividend in the future. Northeast Community Bancorp has seen EPS rising for the last five years, at 39% per annum. Rapid earnings growth and a low payout ratio suggest this company has been effectively reinvesting in its business. Should that continue, this company could have a bright future.

We Really Like Northeast Community Bancorp's Dividend

Overall, we think this could be an attractive income stock, and it is only getting better by paying a higher dividend this year. Distributions are quite easily covered by earnings, which are also being converted to cash flows. All in all, this checks a lot of the boxes we look for when choosing an income stock.

Market movements attest to how highly valued a consistent dividend policy is compared to one which is more unpredictable. However, there are other things to consider for investors when analysing stock performance. For instance, we've picked out 1 warning sign for Northeast Community Bancorp that investors should take into consideration. We have also put together a list of global stocks with a solid dividend.

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