Should Høland og Setskog Sparebank (OB:HSPG) Be Part Of Your Portfolio?

A sizeable part of portfolio returns can be produced by dividend stocks due to their contribution to compounding returns in the long run. Historically, Høland og Setskog Sparebank (OB:HSPG) has paid dividends to shareholders, and these days it yields 7.3%. Let’s dig deeper into whether Høland og Setskogrebank should have a place in your portfolio.

See our latest analysis for Høland og Setskogrebank

5 checks you should use to assess a dividend stock

Whenever I am looking at a potential dividend stock investment, I always check these five metrics:

  • Is it the top 25% annual dividend yield payer?
  • Has its dividend been stable over the past (i.e. no missed payments or significant payout cuts)?
  • 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?
OB:HSPG Historical Dividend Yield, March 21st 2019
OB:HSPG Historical Dividend Yield, March 21st 2019

How well does Høland og Setskogrebank fit our criteria?

Høland og Setskogrebank has a trailing twelve-month payout ratio of 66%, 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. Cash flow is important because companies with strong cash flow can usually sustain higher payout ratios.

If there’s one type of stock you want to be reliable, it’s dividend stocks and their stable income-generating ability. Although HSPG’s per share payments have increased in the past 10 years, it has not been a completely smooth ride. Investors have seen reductions in the dividend per share in the past, although, it has picked up again.

In terms of its peers, Høland og Setskogrebank has a yield of 7.3%, which is high for Banks stocks.

Next Steps:

Taking into account the dividend metrics, Høland og Setskogrebank 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, I urge potential investors to try and get a good understanding of the underlying business and its fundamentals before deciding on an investment. Below, I’ve compiled three essential aspects you should further examine:

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