Totens Sparebank (OB:TOTG) Is A Real Dividend Rock Star – Here Is Why

Over the past 10 years Totens Sparebank (OB:TOTG) has grown its dividend payouts from NOK2.47 to NOK8. With a market cap of øre747m, Totensrebank pays out 50% of its earnings, leading to a 6.7% yield. Let me elaborate on you why the stock stands out for income investors like myself.

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What Is A Dividend Rock Star?

It is a stock that pays a reliable and steady dividend over the past decade, at a rate that is competitive relative to the other dividend-paying companies on the market. More specifically:

  • Its annual yield is among the top 25% of dividend payers
  • It consistently pays out dividend without missing a payment or significantly cutting payout
  • Its has increased its dividend per share amount over the past
  • It can afford to pay the current rate of dividends from its earnings
  • It is able to continue to payout at the current rate in the future

High Yield And Dependable

Totensrebank’s yield sits at 6.7%, which is high for Banks stocks. But the real reason Totensrebank stands out is because it has a proven track record of continuously paying out this level of dividends, from earnings, to shareholders and can be expected to continue paying in the future. This is a highly desirable trait for a stock holding if you’re investor who wants a robust cash inflow from your portfolio over a long period of time.

OB:TOTG Historical Dividend Yield, April 15th 2019
OB:TOTG Historical Dividend Yield, April 15th 2019

If there’s one type of stock you want to be reliable, it’s dividend stocks and their stable income-generating ability. TOTG has increased its DPS from NOK2.47 to NOK8 in the past 10 years. It has also been paying out dividend consistently during this time, as you’d expect for a company increasing its dividend levels. This is an impressive feat, which makes TOTG a true dividend rockstar.

The current trailing twelve-month payout ratio for the stock is 50%, which means that the dividend is covered by earnings. Going forward, analysts expect TOTG’s payout to remain around the same level at 52% of its earnings. Assuming a constant share price, this equates to a dividend yield of 7.1%. Furthermore, EPS should increase to NOK16.01.

When thinking about whether a dividend is sustainable, another factor to consider is the cash flow. Companies with strong cash flow can sustain a higher payout ratio, while companies with weaker cash flow generally cannot.

Next Steps:

There aren’t many other stocks out there with the same track record as Totensrebank, so I would certainly recommend further examining the stock if its dividend characteristics appeal to you. However, given this is purely a dividend analysis, you should always research extensively before deciding whether or not a stock is an appropriate investment for you. I always recommend analysing the company’s fundamentals and underlying business before making an investment decision. Below, I’ve compiled three fundamental aspects you should further research:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for TOTG’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for TOTG’s outlook.
  2. Valuation: What is TOTG 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 TOTG is currently mispriced by the market.
  3. Other Dividend Rockstars: Are there strong dividend payers with better fundamentals out there? Check out our free list of these great stocks here.

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