SpareBank 1 SMN (OB:MING): 2 Days To Buy Before The Ex-Dividend Date

Have you been keeping an eye on SpareBank 1 SMN’s (OB:MING) upcoming dividend of øre5.10 per share payable on the 05 April 2019? Then you only have 2 days left before the stock starts trading ex-dividend on the 29 March 2019. Should you diversify into SpareBank 1 SMN and boost your portfolio income stream? Well, keep on reading because today, I’m going to look at the latest data and analyze the stock and its dividend property in further detail.

See our latest analysis for SpareBank 1 SMN

5 checks you should use to assess a dividend stock

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

  • Is its annual yield among the top 25% of dividend-paying companies?
  • Has its dividend been stable over the past (i.e. no missed payments or significant payout cuts)?
  • Has dividend per share risen in the past couple of years?
  • Is is able 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:MING Historical Dividend Yield, March 26th 2019
OB:MING Historical Dividend Yield, March 26th 2019

How well does SpareBank 1 SMN fit our criteria?

The current trailing twelve-month payout ratio for the stock is 51%, meaning the dividend is sufficiently covered by earnings. In the near future, analysts are predicting a payout ratio of 55% which, assuming the share price stays the same, leads to a dividend yield of 6.2%. In addition to this, EPS is forecasted to fall to NOK9.81 in the upcoming year.

When thinking about whether a dividend is sustainable, another factor to consider is the cash flow. A company with strong cash flow, relative to earnings, can sometimes sustain a high pay out ratio.

If there’s one type of stock you want to be reliable, it’s dividend stocks and their stable income-generating ability. Whilst its per-share payments have increased during the past 10 years, there has been some hiccups. Investors have seen reductions in the dividend per share in the past, although, it has picked up again.

In terms of its peers, SpareBank 1 SMN generates a yield of 5.5%, which is high for Banks stocks but still below the market’s top dividend payers.

Next Steps:

With these dividend metrics in mind, I definitely rank SpareBank 1 SMN as a strong income stock, and is worth further research for anyone who considers dividends an important part of their portfolio strategy. 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 pertinent aspects you should look at:

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