Some investors rely on dividends for growing their wealth, and if you’re one of those dividend sleuths, you might be intrigued to know that BCB Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:BCBP) is about to go ex-dividend in just 4 days. You can purchase shares before the 6th of February in order to receive the dividend, which the company will pay on the 21st of February.
BCB Bancorp’s upcoming dividend is US$0.14 a share, following on from the last 12 months, when the company distributed a total of US$0.56 per share to shareholders. Based on the last year’s worth of payments, BCB Bancorp has a trailing yield of 4.3% on the current stock price of $13.12. If you buy this business for its dividend, you should have an idea of whether BCB Bancorp’s dividend is reliable and sustainable. That’s why we should always check whether the dividend payments appear sustainable, and if the company is growing.
Dividends are typically paid from company earnings. If a company pays more in dividends than it earned in profit, then the dividend could be unsustainable. BCB Bancorp paid out a comfortable 47% of its profit last year.
When a company paid out less in dividends than it earned in profit, this generally suggests its dividend is affordable. The lower the % of its profit that it pays out, the greater the margin of safety for the dividend if the business enters a downturn.
Have Earnings And Dividends Been Growing?
Companies with consistently growing earnings per share generally make the best dividend stocks, as they usually find it easier to grow dividends per share. If earnings fall far enough, the company could be forced to cut its dividend. This is why it’s a relief to see BCB Bancorp earnings per share are up 8.2% per annum over the last five years.
The main way most investors will assess a company’s dividend prospects is by checking the historical rate of dividend growth. BCB Bancorp has delivered an average of 1.6% per year annual increase in its dividend, based on the past ten years of dividend payments.
To Sum It Up
Has BCB Bancorp got what it takes to maintain its dividend payments? BCB Bancorp has seen its earnings per share grow slowly in recent years, and the company reinvests more than half of its profits in the business, which generally bodes well for its future prospects. BCB Bancorp ticks a lot of boxes for us from a dividend perspective, and we think these characteristics should mark the company as deserving of further attention.
Curious what other investors think of BCB Bancorp? See what analysts are forecasting, with this visualisation of its historical and future estimated earnings and cash flow.
We wouldn’t recommend just buying the first dividend stock you see, though. Here’s a list of interesting dividend stocks with a greater than 2% yield and an upcoming dividend.
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