Why You Should Leave Kentucky First Federal Bancorp’s (NASDAQ:KFFB) Upcoming Dividend On The Shelf

It looks like Kentucky First Federal Bancorp (NASDAQ:KFFB) is about to go ex-dividend in the next 2 days. This means that investors who purchase shares on or after the 29th of April will not receive the dividend, which will be paid on the 18th of May.

Kentucky First Federal Bancorp’s upcoming dividend is US$0.10 a share, following on from the last 12 months, when the company distributed a total of US$0.40 per share to shareholders. Calculating the last year’s worth of payments shows that Kentucky First Federal Bancorp has a trailing yield of 6.5% on the current share price of $6.165. If you buy this business for its dividend, you should have an idea of whether Kentucky First Federal Bancorp’s dividend is reliable and sustainable. So we need to check whether the dividend payments are covered, and if earnings are growing.

Check out our latest analysis for Kentucky First Federal Bancorp

Dividends are typically paid out of company income, so if a company pays out more than it earned, its dividend is usually at a higher risk of being cut. Last year, Kentucky First Federal Bancorp paid out 335% of its profit to shareholders in the form of dividends. This is not sustainable behaviour and requires a closer look on behalf of the purchaser.

When a company pays out a dividend that is not well covered by profits, the dividend is generally seen as more vulnerable to being cut.

Click here to see how much of its profit Kentucky First Federal Bancorp paid out over the last 12 months.

NasdaqGM:KFFB Historical Dividend Yield April 26th 2020
NasdaqGM:KFFB Historical Dividend Yield April 26th 2020

Have Earnings And Dividends Been Growing?

Businesses with shrinking earnings are tricky from a dividend perspective. If business enters a downturn and the dividend is cut, the company could see its value fall precipitously. Readers will understand then, why we’re concerned to see Kentucky First Federal Bancorp’s earnings per share have dropped 12% a year over the past five years. When earnings per share fall, the maximum amount of dividends that can be paid also falls.

Many investors will assess a company’s dividend performance by evaluating how much the dividend payments have changed over time. It looks like the Kentucky First Federal Bancorp dividends are largely the same as they were ten years ago. If a company’s dividend stays flat while earnings are in decline, this is typically a sign that it is paying out a larger percentage of its earnings. This can become unsustainable if earnings fall far enough.

To Sum It Up

Has Kentucky First Federal Bancorp got what it takes to maintain its dividend payments? Earnings per share are in decline and Kentucky First Federal Bancorp is paying out what we feel is an uncomfortably high percentage of its profit as dividends. It’s not that we hate the business, but we feel that these characeristics are not desirable for investors seeking a reliable dividend stock to own for the long term. This is not an overtly appealing combination of characteristics, and we’re just not that interested in this company’s dividend.

Although, if you’re still interested in Kentucky First Federal Bancorp and want to know more, you’ll find it very useful to know what risks this stock faces. Every company has risks, and we’ve spotted 3 warning signs for Kentucky First Federal Bancorp (of which 1 is a bit unpleasant!) you should know about.

A common investment mistake is buying the first interesting stock you see. Here you can find a list of promising dividend stocks with a greater than 2% yield and an upcoming dividend.

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