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Read This Before Buying First Savings Financial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:FSFG) For Its Dividend

Thomas Auclair

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Dividends play a key role in compounding returns over time and can form a large part of our portfolio return. Historically, First Savings Financial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:FSFG) has paid a dividend to shareholders. It currently yields 1.2%. Let’s dig deeper into whether First Savings Financial Group should have a place in your portfolio.

Check out our latest analysis for First Savings Financial Group

Here’s how I find good dividend stocks

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

  • Is its annual yield among the top 25% of dividend-paying companies?
  • Has it paid dividend every year without dramatically reducing payout in the past?
  • Has dividend per share amount increased over the past?
  • Does earnings amply cover its dividend payments?
  • Will the company be able to keep paying dividend based on the future earnings growth?
NASDAQCM:FSFG Historical Dividend Yield February 19th 19

How does First Savings Financial Group fare?

The current trailing twelve-month payout ratio for the stock is 13%, 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.

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.

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. Unfortunately, it is really too early to view First Savings Financial Group as a dividend investment. It has only been consistently paying dividends for 6 years, however, standard practice for reliable payers is to look for a 10-year minimum track record.

In terms of its peers, First Savings Financial Group has a yield of 1.2%, which is on the low-side for Banks stocks.

Next Steps:

Now you know to keep in mind the reason why investors should be careful investing in First Savings Financial Group 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 recommend taking sufficient time to understand its core business and determine whether the company and its investment properties suit your overall goals. Below, I’ve compiled three relevant aspects you should look at:

  1. Valuation: What is FSFG 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 FSFG is currently mispriced by the market.
  2. Management Team: An experienced management team on the helm increases our confidence in the business – take a look at who sits on First Savings Financial Group’s board and the CEO’s back ground.
  3. 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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