Regular readers will know that we love our dividends at Simply Wall St, which is why it's exciting to see OP Bancorp (NASDAQ:OPBK) is about to trade ex-dividend in the next 4 days. Ex-dividend means that investors that purchase the stock on or after the 5th of February will not receive this dividend, which will be paid on the 20th of February.
OP Bancorp's next dividend payment will be US$0.07 per share, and in the last 12 months, the company paid a total of US$0.28 per share. Based on the last year's worth of payments, OP Bancorp stock has a trailing yield of around 2.8% on the current share price of $10.15. Dividends are a major contributor to investment returns for long term holders, but only if the dividend continues to be paid. We need to see whether the dividend is covered by earnings and if it's growing.
Dividends are typically paid from company earnings. If a company pays more in dividends than it earned in profit, then the dividend could be unsustainable. OP Bancorp paid out just 19% of its profit last year, which we think is conservatively low and leaves plenty of margin for unexpected circumstances.
Generally speaking, the lower a company's payout ratios, the more resilient its dividend usually is.
Have Earnings And Dividends Been Growing?
Companies with consistently growing earnings per share generally make the best dividend stocks, as they usually find it easier to grow dividends per share. If earnings decline and the company is forced to cut its dividend, investors could watch the value of their investment go up in smoke. For this reason, we're glad to see OP Bancorp's earnings per share have risen 19% per annum over the last five years.
Given that OP Bancorp has only been paying a dividend for a year, there's not much of a past history to draw insight from.
From a dividend perspective, should investors buy or avoid OP Bancorp? Companies like OP Bancorp that are growing rapidly and paying out a low fraction of earnings, are usually reinvesting heavily in their business. This is one of the most attractive investment combinations under this analysis, as it can create substantial value for investors over the long run. Overall, OP Bancorp looks like a promising dividend stock in this analysis, and we think it would be worth investigating further.
Curious what other investors think of OP Bancorp? See what analysts are forecasting, with this visualisation of its historical and future estimated earnings and cash flow.
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