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Only 4 Days Left Before East West Bancorp Inc (NASDAQ:EWBC) Will Be Trading Ex-Dividend,

Attention dividend hunters! East West Bancorp Inc (NASDAQ:EWBC) will be distributing its dividend of US$0.23 per share on the 15 November 2018, and will start trading ex-dividend in 4 days time on the 31 October 2018. Investors looking for higher income-generating stocks to add to their portfolio should keep reading, as I take a deeper dive into East West Bancorp’s latest financial data to analyse its dividend attributes.

See our latest analysis for East West Bancorp

5 checks you should do on a dividend stock

When assessing a stock as a potential addition to my dividend Portfolio, I look at these five areas:

  • Is it paying an annual yield above 75% of dividend payers?
  • Has it consistently paid a stable dividend without missing a payment or drastically cutting payout?
  • Has dividend per share risen in the past couple of years?
  • Is its earnings sufficient to payout dividend at the current rate?
  • Will it be able to continue to payout at the current rate in the future?
NasdaqGS:EWBC Historical Dividend Yield October 26th 18

How does East West Bancorp fare?

The company currently pays out 20% of its earnings as a dividend, according to its trailing twelve-month data, which means that the dividend is covered by earnings. Going forward, analysts expect EWBC’s payout to remain around the same level at 21% of its earnings, which leads to a dividend yield of 2.0%. In addition to this, EPS should increase to $5.

If you want to dive deeper into the sustainability of a certain payout ratio, you may wish to consider the cash flow of the business. Companies with strong cash flow can sustain a higher payout ratio, while companies with weaker cash flow generally cannot.

If there is one thing that you want to be reliable in your life, it’s dividend stocks and their constant income stream. Whilst its per-share payments have increased during the past 10 years, there has been some hiccups. Investors have seen reductions in the dividend per share in the past, although, it has picked up again.

Compared to its peers, East West Bancorp produces a yield of 1.8%, which is on the low-side for Banks stocks.

Next Steps:

With these dividend metrics in mind, I definitely rank East West Bancorp as a strong income stock, and is worth further research for anyone who considers dividends an important part of their portfolio strategy. 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 aspects you should further research:

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