Why SpareBank 1 Ringerike Hadeland (OB:RING) Should Be In Your Dividend Portfolio

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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 popular dividend stock because of its yield, and then lose money if the company’s dividend doesn’t live up to expectations.

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. We’d agree the yield does look enticing. There are a few simple ways to reduce the risks of buying SpareBank 1 Ringerike Hadeland for its dividend, and we’ll go through these 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 typically paid from company earnings. If a company pays more in dividends than it earned, then the dividend might become unsustainable – hardly an ideal situation. So we need to form a view on if a company’s dividend is sustainable, relative to its net profit after tax. In the last year, SpareBank 1 Ringerike Hadeland paid out 40% of its profit as dividends. This is a middling range that strikes a nice balance between paying dividends to shareholders, and retaining enough earnings to invest in future growth. Plus, there is room to increase the payout ratio over time.

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Dividend Volatility

From the perspective of an income investor who wants to earn dividends for many years, there is not much point buying a stock if its dividend is regularly cut or is not reliable. The first recorded dividend for SpareBank 1 Ringerike Hadeland, in the last decade, was 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.

Modest growth in the dividend is good to see, but we think this is offset by historical cuts to the payments. It is hard to live on a dividend income if the company’s earnings are not consistent.

Dividend Growth Potential

With a relatively unstable dividend, it’s even more important to evaluate if earnings per share (EPS) are growing – it’s not worth taking the risk on a dividend getting cut, unless you might be rewarded with larger dividends in future. Strong earnings per share (EPS) growth might encourage our interest in the company despite fluctuating dividends, which is why it’s great to see SpareBank 1 Ringerike Hadeland has grown its earnings per share at 10% per annum over the past five 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

When we look at a dividend stock, we need to form a judgement on whether the dividend will grow, if the company is able to maintain it in a wide range of economic circumstances, and if the dividend payout is sustainable. We’re glad to see SpareBank 1 Ringerike Hadeland has a low payout ratio, as this suggests earnings are being reinvested in the business. Next, earnings growth has been good, but unfortunately the dividend has been cut at least once in the past. SpareBank 1 Ringerike Hadeland has a number of positive attributes, but falls short of our ideal dividend company. It may be worth a look at the right price, though.

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