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Why Central Pacific Financial Corp (NYSE:CPF)’s 2.82% Dividend Is Not A Good Reason To Buy

Kayla Ward

A large part of investment returns can be generated by dividend-paying stock given their role in compounding returns over time. Central Pacific Financial Corp (NYSE:CPF) has returned to shareholders over the past 10 years, an average dividend yield of 2.00% annually. Does Central Pacific Financial tick all the boxes of a great dividend stock? Below, I’ll take you through my analysis. See our latest analysis for Central Pacific Financial

Here’s how I find good dividend stocks

If you are a dividend investor, you should always assess these five key metrics:

  • Is it paying an annual yield above 75% of dividend payers?
  • Has it paid dividend every year without dramatically reducing payout in the past?
  • 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?
NYSE:CPF Historical Dividend Yield June 21st 18

Does Central Pacific Financial pass our checks?

The company currently pays out 51.95% of its earnings as a dividend, according to its trailing twelve-month data, 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.

If there is one thing that you want to be reliable in your life, it’s dividend stocks and their constant income stream. Dividend payments from Central Pacific Financial have been volatile in the past 10 years, with some years experiencing significant drops of over 25%. These characteristics do not bode well for income investors seeking reliable stream of dividends.

Relative to peers, Central Pacific Financial has a yield of 2.82%, which is on the low-side for Banks stocks.

Next Steps:

After digging a little deeper into Central Pacific Financial’s yield, it’s easy to see why you should be cautious investing in the company just 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 important aspects you should look at:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for CPF’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for CPF’s outlook.
  2. Valuation: What is CPF 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 CPF 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 pass 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.