If you are interested in cashing in on Mid Penn Bancorp Inc’s (NASDAQ:MPB) upcoming dividend of US$0.15 per share, you only have 4 days left to buy the shares before its ex-dividend date, 06 November 2018, in time for dividends payable on the 26 November 2018. Investors looking for higher income-generating stocks to add to their portfolio should keep reading, as I examine Mid Penn Bancorp’s latest financial data to analyse its dividend characteristics.
How I analyze a dividend stock
Whenever I am looking at a potential dividend stock investment, I always check these five metrics:
- Is it paying an annual yield above 75% of dividend payers?
- Has its dividend been stable over the past (i.e. no missed payments or significant payout cuts)?
- Has it increased its dividend per share amount 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 Mid Penn Bancorp pass our checks?
The company currently pays out 56% of its earnings as a dividend, according to its trailing twelve-month data, 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 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.
If dividend is a key criteria in your investment consideration, then you need to make sure the dividend stock you’re eyeing out is reliable in its payments. Dividend payments from Mid Penn Bancorp have been volatile in the past 10 years, with some years experiencing significant drops of over 25%. These characteristics do not bode well for income investors seeking reliable stream of dividends.
Compared to its peers, Mid Penn Bancorp produces a yield of 2.6%, which is on the low-side for Banks stocks.
After digging a little deeper into Mid Penn Bancorp’s yield, it’s easy to see why you should be cautious investing in the company just for the dividend. On the other hand, if you are not strictly just a dividend investor, the stock could still be offering 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 relevant factors you should look at:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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