Readers hoping to buy Northrim BanCorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:NRIM) for its dividend will need to make their move shortly, as the stock is about to trade ex-dividend. You can purchase shares before the 4th of September in order to receive the dividend, which the company will pay on the 13th of September.
Northrim BanCorp's next dividend payment will be US$0.33 per share. Last year, in total, the company distributed US$1.20 to shareholders. Based on the last year's worth of payments, Northrim BanCorp has a trailing yield of 3.6% on the current stock price of $36.2. Dividends are a major contributor to investment returns for long term holders, but only if the dividend continues to be paid. That's why we should always check whether the dividend payments appear sustainable, and if the company is growing.
If a company pays out more in dividends than it earned, then the dividend might become unsustainable - hardly an ideal situation. Northrim BanCorp is paying out just 21% of its profit after tax, which is comfortably low and leaves plenty of breathing room in the case of adverse events.
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 Northrim BanCorp earnings per share are up 7.6% 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. In the past 10 years, Northrim BanCorp has increased its dividend at approximately 6.9% a year on average. It's encouraging to see the company lifting dividends while earnings are growing, suggesting at least some corporate interest in rewarding shareholders.
Is Northrim BanCorp worth buying for its dividend? It has been growing its earnings per share somewhat in recent years, although it reinvests more than half its earnings in the business, which could suggest there are some growth projects that have not yet reached fruition. In summary, Northrim BanCorp appears to have some promise as a dividend stock, and we'd suggest taking a closer look at it.
Curious about whether Northrim BanCorp has been able to consistently generate growth? Here's a chart of its historical revenue and earnings growth.
We wouldn't recommend just buying the first dividend stock you see, though. Here's a list of interesting dividend stocks with a greater than 2% yield and an upcoming dividend.
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