Getting big returns from financial portfolios, whether through stocks, bonds, ETFs, other securities, or a combination of all, is an investor's dream. However, when you're an income investor, your primary focus is generating consistent cash flow from each of your liquid investments.
While cash flow can come from bond interest or interest from other types of investments, income investors hone in on dividends. A dividend is the distribution of a company's earnings paid out to shareholders; it's often viewed by its dividend yield, a metric that measures a dividend as a percent of the current stock price. Many academic studies show that dividends make up large portions of long-term returns, and in many cases, dividend contributions surpass one-third of total returns.
Camden National in Focus
Camden National (CAC) is headquartered in Camden, and is in the Finance sector. The stock has seen a price change of 18.74% since the start of the year. The bank is paying out a dividend of $0.3 per share at the moment, with a dividend yield of 2.81% compared to the Banks - Northeast industry's yield of 1.75% and the S&P 500's yield of 1.9%.
Taking a look at the company's dividend growth, its current annualized dividend of $1.20 is up 9.1% from last year. Over the last 5 years, Camden National has increased its dividend 4 times on a year-over-year basis for an average annual increase of 11.02%. Looking ahead, future dividend growth will be dependent on earnings growth and payout ratio, which is the proportion of a company's annual earnings per share that it pays out as a dividend. Camden National's current payout ratio is 35%. This means it paid out 35% of its trailing 12-month EPS as dividend.
CAC is expecting earnings to expand this fiscal year as well. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2019 is $3.55 per share, with earnings expected to increase 4.72% from the year ago period.
Investors like dividends for a variety of different reasons, from tax advantages and decreasing overall portfolio risk to considerably improving stock investing profits. But, not every company offers a quarterly payout.
Big, established firms that have more secure profits are often seen as the best dividend options, but it's fairly uncommon to see high-growth businesses or tech start-ups offer their stockholders a dividend. Income investors must be conscious of the fact that high-yielding stocks tend to struggle during periods of rising interest rates. With that in mind, CAC is a compelling investment opportunity. Not only is it a strong dividend play, but the stock currently sits at a Zacks Rank of 3 (Hold).
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