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Read This Before Buying Riverview Bancorp Inc (NASDAQ:RVSB) For Its Dividend

Kari Hurd

Dividends can be underrated but they form a large part of investment returns, playing an important role in compounding returns in the long run. Historically, Riverview Bancorp Inc (NASDAQ:RVSB) has paid dividends to shareholders, and these days it yields 1.4%. Let’s dig deeper into whether Riverview Bancorp should have a place in your portfolio.

See our latest analysis for Riverview Bancorp

Here’s how I find good dividend stocks

When researching a dividend stock, I always follow the following screening criteria:

  • Is their annual yield among the top 25% of dividend payers?
  • Has it paid dividend every year without dramatically reducing payout in the past?
  • Has it increased its dividend per share amount over the past?
  • Is is able to pay the current rate of dividends from its earnings?
  • Based on future earnings growth, will it be able to continue to payout dividend at the current rate?
NasdaqGS:RVSB Historical Dividend Yield August 24th 18

How well does Riverview Bancorp fit our criteria?

Riverview Bancorp has a trailing twelve-month payout ratio of 22.0%, 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.

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. Not only have dividend payouts from Riverview Bancorp fallen over the past 10 years, it has also been highly volatile during this time, with drops of over 25% in some years. This means that dividend hunters should probably steer clear of the stock, at least for now until the track record improves.

In terms of its peers, Riverview Bancorp has a yield of 1.4%, which is on the low-side for Mortgage stocks.

Next Steps:

After digging a little deeper into Riverview Bancorp’s yield, it’s easy to see why you should be cautious investing in the company just for the dividend. But if you are not exclusively a dividend investor, the stock could still be an interesting investment opportunity. 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. Below, I’ve compiled three relevant aspects you should further examine:

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