Helgeland Sparebank (OB:HELG): Ex-Dividend Is In 3 Days

If you are interested in cashing in on Helgeland Sparebank’s (OB:HELG) upcoming dividend of øre1.60 per share, you only have 3 days left to buy the shares before its ex-dividend date, 28 March 2019, in time for dividends payable on the 10 April 2019. What does this mean for current shareholders and potential investors? Below, I will explain how holding Helgelandrebank can impact your portfolio income stream, by analysing the stock’s most recent financial data and dividend attributes.

Check out our latest analysis for Helgelandrebank

Here’s how I find good dividend stocks

When assessing a stock as a potential addition to my dividend Portfolio, I look at these five areas:

  • Is it paying an annual yield above 75% of dividend payers?
  • Has it paid dividend every year without dramatically reducing payout in the past?
  • Has it increased its dividend per share amount over the past?
  • Can it afford to pay the current rate of dividends from its earnings?
  • Will the company be able to keep paying dividend based on the future earnings growth?
OB:HELG Historical Dividend Yield, March 24th 2019
OB:HELG Historical Dividend Yield, March 24th 2019

Does Helgelandrebank pass our checks?

The company currently pays out 32% of its earnings as a dividend, according to its trailing twelve-month data, which means that the dividend is covered by earnings. Going forward, analysts expect HELG’s payout to increase to 41% of its earnings. Assuming a constant share price, this equates to a dividend yield of around 6.2%. In addition to this, EPS should increase to NOK10.14. The higher payout forecasted, along with higher earnings, should lead to greater dividend income for investors moving forward.

When assessing the forecast sustainability of a dividend it is also worth considering the cash flow of the business. Cash flow is important because companies with strong cash flow can usually sustain higher payout ratios.

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. Dividend payments from Helgelandrebank have been volatile in the past 10 years, with some years experiencing significant drops of over 25%. This means that dividend hunters should probably steer clear of the stock, at least for now until the track record improves.

Relative to peers, Helgelandrebank generates a yield of 2.2%, which is on the low-side for Banks stocks.

Next Steps:

Now you know to keep in mind the reason why investors should be careful investing in Helgelandrebank for the dividend. But if you are not exclusively a dividend investor, the stock could still be an interesting investment opportunity. 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 further research:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for HELG’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for HELG’s outlook.
  2. Valuation: What is HELG 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 HELG is currently mispriced by the market.
  3. 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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