Is Summit State Bank (NASDAQ:SSBI) A Smart Pick For Income Investors?

A sizeable part of portfolio returns can be produced by dividend stocks due to their contribution to compounding returns in the long run. Historically, Summit State Bank (NASDAQ:SSBI) has paid dividends to shareholders, and these days it yields 3.1%. Should it have a place in your portfolio? Let’s take a look at Summit State Bank in more detail.

View our latest analysis for Summit State Bank

5 checks you should do on a dividend stock

When researching a dividend stock, I always follow the following screening criteria:

  • Is its annual yield among the top 25% of dividend-paying companies?
  • Has it consistently paid a stable dividend without missing a payment or drastically cutting payout?
  • Has dividend per share amount increased over the past?
  • Can it afford to pay the current rate of dividends from its earnings?
  • Based on future earnings growth, will it be able to continue to payout dividend at the current rate?
NasdaqGM:SSBI Historical Dividend Yield September 27th 18
NasdaqGM:SSBI Historical Dividend Yield September 27th 18

Does Summit State Bank pass our checks?

The current trailing twelve-month payout ratio for the stock is 62.0%, 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 you want to dive deeper into the sustainability of a certain payout ratio, you may wish to consider the cash flow of the business. Companies with strong cash flow can sustain a higher payout ratio, while companies with weaker cash flow generally cannot.

If there’s one type of stock you want to be reliable, it’s dividend stocks and their stable income-generating ability. SSBI has increased its DPS from $0.29 to $0.48 in the past 10 years. During this period it has not missed a payment, as one would expect for a company increasing its dividend. This is an impressive feat, which makes SSBI a true dividend rockstar.

In terms of its peers, Summit State Bank has a yield of 3.1%, which is high for Banks stocks but still below the market’s top dividend payers.

Next Steps:

Considering the dividend attributes we analyzed above, Summit State Bank is definitely worth keeping an eye on for someone looking to build a dedicated income portfolio. Given that this is purely a dividend analysis, I urge potential investors to try and get a good understanding of the underlying business and its fundamentals before deciding on an investment. There are three essential aspects you should look at:

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

To help readers see past 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. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com.