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Why Elmira Savings Bank (NASDAQ:ESBK) Is A Top Dividend Stock

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Elmira Savings Bank (NASDAQ:ESBK) has pleased shareholders over the past 10 years, by paying out dividends. The company is currently worth US$59m, and now yields roughly 5.4%. Should it have a place in your portfolio? Let's take a look at Elmira Savings Bank in more detail.

Check out our latest analysis for Elmira Savings Bank

Here's how I find good dividend stocks

Whenever I am looking at a potential dividend stock investment, I always check these five metrics:

  • Is their annual yield among the top 25% of dividend payers?
  • Does it consistently pay out dividends without missing a payment of significantly cutting payout?
  • Has dividend per share amount increased over the past?
  • Is its earnings sufficient to payout dividend at the current rate?
  • Will the company be able to keep paying dividend based on the future earnings growth?
NasdaqCM:ESBK Historical Dividend Yield, April 4th 2019

Does Elmira Savings Bank pass our checks?

Elmira Savings Bank has a trailing twelve-month payout ratio of 75%, 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.

When thinking about whether a dividend is sustainable, another factor to consider is the cash flow. A business with strong cash flow can sustain a higher divided payout ratio than a company with weak cash flow.

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. In the case of ESBK it has increased its DPS from $0.60 to $0.92 in the past 10 years. It has also been paying out dividend consistently during this time, as you'd expect for a company increasing its dividend levels. These are all positive signs of a great, reliable dividend stock.

In terms of its peers, Elmira Savings Bank generates a yield of 5.4%, which is high for Mortgage stocks.

Next Steps:

Keeping in mind the dividend characteristics above, Elmira Savings Bank is definitely worth considering for investors looking to build a dedicated income portfolio. 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. I've put together three relevant factors you should look at:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for ESBK’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for ESBK’s outlook.
  2. Valuation: What is ESBK 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 ESBK is currently mispriced by the market.
  3. 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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If you spot an error that warrants correction, please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com. This article by Simply Wall St is general in nature. It does not constitute a recommendation to buy or sell any stock, and does not take account of your objectives, or your financial situation. Simply Wall St has no position in the stocks mentioned. Thank you for reading.