If you are interested in cashing in on Sandy Spring Bancorp Inc’s (NASDAQ:SASR) upcoming dividend of US$0.28 per share, you only have 4 days left to buy the shares before its ex-dividend date, 13 November 2018, in time for dividends payable on the 21 November 2018. Investors looking for higher income-generating stocks to add to their portfolio should keep reading, as I examine Sandy Spring Bancorp’s latest financial data to analyse its dividend characteristics.
5 checks you should do on a dividend stock
If you are a dividend investor, you should always assess these five key metrics:
- Is its annual yield among the top 25% of dividend-paying companies?
- Does it consistently pay out dividends without missing a payment of significantly cutting payout?
- Has dividend per share amount increased 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 Sandy Spring Bancorp pass our checks?
The company currently pays out 42% of its earnings as a dividend, according to its trailing twelve-month data, which means that the dividend is covered by earnings. However, going forward, analysts expect SASR’s payout to fall to 37% of its earnings, which leads to a dividend yield of around 3.3%. However, EPS should increase to $3.19, meaning that the lower payout ratio does not necessarily implicate a lower dividend payment.
When assessing the forecast sustainability of a dividend it is also worth considering the cash flow of the business. A company with strong cash flow, relative to earnings, can sometimes sustain a high pay out ratio.
If there’s one type of stock you want to be reliable, it’s dividend stocks and their stable income-generating ability. Although SASR’s per share payments have increased in the past 10 years, it has not been a completely smooth ride. Investors have seen reductions in the dividend per share in the past, although, it has picked up again.
Relative to peers, Sandy Spring Bancorp generates a yield of 3.1%, which is high for Banks stocks but still below the market’s top dividend payers.
With these dividend metrics in mind, I definitely rank Sandy Spring 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, 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 factors you should further examine:
- Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for SASR’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for SASR’s outlook.
- Valuation: What is SASR 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 SASR is currently mispriced by the market.
- Other 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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