Why SpareBank 1 Ringerike Hadeland (OB:RING) Is A Top Dividend Stock

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Is SpareBank 1 Ringerike Hadeland (OB:RING) a good dividend stock? How would you know? Dividend paying companies with growing earnings can be highly rewarding in the long term. Yet sometimes, investors buy a stock for its dividend and lose money because the share price falls by more than they earned in dividend payments.

With a goodly-sized dividend yield despite a relatively short payment history, investors might be wondering if SpareBank 1 Ringerike Hadeland is a new dividend aristocrat in the making. It sure looks interesting on these metrics – but there’s always more to the story . Some simple analysis can offer a lot of insights when buying a company for its dividend, and we’ll go through this below.

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OB:RING Historical Dividend Yield, June 25th 2019
OB:RING Historical Dividend Yield, June 25th 2019

Payout ratios

Dividends are usually paid out of company earnings. If a company is paying more than it earns, then the dividend might become unsustainable – hardly an ideal situation. As a result, we should always investigate whether a company can afford its dividend, measured as a percentage of a company’s net income after tax. Looking at the data, we can see that 40% of SpareBank 1 Ringerike Hadeland’s profits were paid out as dividends in the last 12 months. This is medium payout level that leaves enough capital in the business to fund opportunities that might arise, while also rewarding shareholders. One of the risks is that management reinvests the retained capital poorly instead of paying a higher dividend.

We update our data on SpareBank 1 Ringerike Hadeland every 24 hours, so you can always get our latest analysis of its financial health, here.

Dividend Volatility

Before buying a stock for its income, we want to see if the dividends have been stable in the past, and if the company has a track record of maintaining its dividend. Looking at the last decade of data, we can see that SpareBank 1 Ringerike Hadeland paid its first dividend at least nine years ago. It’s good to see that SpareBank 1 Ringerike Hadeland has been paying a dividend for a number of years. However, the dividend has been cut at least once in the past, and we’re concerned that what has been cut once, could be cut again. Its most recent annual dividend was øre10.60 per share, effectively flat on its first payment nine years ago.

It’s good to see some dividend growth, but the dividend has been cut at least once, and the size of the cut would eliminate most of the growth, anyway. We’re not that enthused by this.

Dividend Growth Potential

Given that the dividend has been cut in the past, we need to check if earnings are growing and if that might lead to stronger dividends in the future. It’s good to see SpareBank 1 Ringerike Hadeland has been growing its earnings per share at 10% a year over the past 5 years. A company paying out less than a quarter of its earnings as dividends, and growing earnings at more than 10% per annum, looks to be right in the cusp of its growth phase. At the right price, we might be interested.

Conclusion

Dividend investors should always want to know if a) a company’s dividends are affordable, b) if there is a track record of consistent payments, and c) if the dividend is capable of growing. Firstly, we like that SpareBank 1 Ringerike Hadeland has a low and conservative payout ratio. Next, earnings growth has been good, but unfortunately the dividend has been cut at least once in the past. Overall we think SpareBank 1 Ringerike Hadeland is an interesting dividend stock, although it could be better.

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If you are a dividend investor, you might also want to look at our curated list of dividend stocks yielding above 3%.

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