Investors who want to cash in on Bank of South Carolina Corporation’s (NASDAQ:BKSC) upcoming dividend of US$0.25 per share have only 4 days left to buy the shares before its ex-dividend date, 05 October 2018, in time for dividends payable on the 31 October 2018. Is this future income stream a compelling catalyst for dividend investors to think about the stock as an investment today? Let’s take a look at Bank of South Carolina’s most recent financial data to examine its dividend characteristics in more detail.
5 questions to ask before buying a dividend stock
If you are a dividend investor, you should always assess these five key metrics:
- Is its annual yield among the top 25% of dividend-paying companies?
- Has it consistently paid a stable dividend without missing a payment or drastically cutting payout?
- Has dividend per share amount increased over the past?
- Is is able to pay the current rate of dividends from its earnings?
- Will it have the ability to keep paying its dividends going forward?
Does Bank of South Carolina pass our checks?
The current trailing twelve-month payout ratio for the stock is 54.1%, meaning the dividend is sufficiently 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 considering the sustainability of dividends, it is also worth checking the cash flow of a company. Companies with strong cash flow can sustain a higher payout ratio, while companies with weaker cash flow generally cannot.
Reliablity is an important factor for dividend stocks, particularly for income investors who want a strong track record of payment and a positive outlook for future payout. Although BKSC’s per share payments have increased in the past 10 years, it has not been a completely smooth ride. Investors have seen reductions in the dividend per share in the past, although, it has picked up again.
In terms of its peers, Bank of South Carolina has a yield of 3.0%, which is high for Banks stocks but still below the market’s top dividend payers.
Whilst there are few things you may like about Bank of South Carolina from a dividend stock perspective, the truth is that overall it probably is not the best choice for a dividend investor. However, if you are not strictly just a dividend investor, the stock could still offer some interesting investment opportunities. Given that this is purely a dividend analysis, I urge potential investors to try and get a good understanding of the underlying business and its fundamentals before deciding on an investment. Below, I’ve compiled three pertinent aspects you should further research:
- Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for BKSC’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for BKSC’s outlook.
- Valuation: What is BKSC 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 BKSC is currently mispriced by the market.
- 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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