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Why Horizon Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:HBNC) Is A Dividend Rockstar

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There is a lot to be liked about Horizon Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:HBNC) as an income stock. It has paid dividends over the past 10 years. The company currently pays out a dividend yield of 2.6% to shareholders, making it a relatively attractive dividend stock. Should it have a place in your portfolio? Let’s take a look at Horizon Bancorp in more detail.

See our latest analysis for Horizon Bancorp

Here’s how I find good dividend stocks

If you are a dividend investor, you should always assess these five key 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 it increased its dividend per share amount over the past?
  • Is its earnings sufficient to payout dividend at the current rate?
  • Based on future earnings growth, will it be able to continue to payout dividend at the current rate?
NasdaqGS:HBNC Historical Dividend Yield, March 26th 2019

Does Horizon Bancorp pass our checks?

The current trailing twelve-month payout ratio for the stock is 29%, which means that the dividend is covered by earnings. In the near future, analysts are predicting a payout ratio of 31% which, assuming the share price stays the same, leads to a dividend yield of around 3.2%. In addition to this, EPS should increase to $1.56.

When considering the sustainability of dividends, it is also worth checking the cash flow of a company. A company with strong cash flow, relative to earnings, can sometimes sustain a high pay out ratio.

If there is one thing that you want to be reliable in your life, it’s dividend stocks and their constant income stream. In the case of HBNC it has increased its DPS from $0.13 to $0.40 in the past 10 years. During this period it has not missed a payment, as one would expect for a company increasing its dividend. These are all positive signs of a great, reliable dividend stock.

Compared to its peers, Horizon Bancorp has a yield of 2.6%, which is on the low-side for Banks stocks.

Next Steps:

Taking into account the dividend metrics, Horizon Bancorp ticks most of the boxes as a strong dividend investment, putting it in my list of top dividend payers. 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. There are three key aspects you should look at:

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