Consider This Before Buying Bank of Commerce Holdings (NASDAQ:BOCH) For The 1.5% Dividend

A large part of investment returns can be generated by dividend-paying stock given their role in compounding returns over time. Historically, Bank of Commerce Holdings (NASDAQ:BOCH) has paid a dividend to shareholders. It currently yields 1.5%. Does Bank of Commerce Holdings tick all the boxes of a great dividend stock? Below, I’ll take you through my analysis.

See our latest analysis for Bank of Commerce Holdings

5 checks you should do on a dividend stock

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

  • Is their annual yield among the top 25% of dividend payers?
  • Has its dividend been stable over the past (i.e. no missed payments or significant payout cuts)?
  • Has it increased its dividend per share amount over the past?
  • Is is able to pay the current rate of dividends from its earnings?
  • Will it have the ability to keep paying its dividends going forward?
NasdaqGM:BOCH Historical Dividend Yield December 18th 18
NasdaqGM:BOCH Historical Dividend Yield December 18th 18

Does Bank of Commerce Holdings pass our checks?

Bank of Commerce Holdings has a trailing twelve-month payout ratio of 21%, which means that the dividend is 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.

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 dividend is a key criteria in your investment consideration, then you need to make sure the dividend stock you’re eyeing out is reliable in its payments. Not only have dividend payouts from Bank of Commerce Holdings fallen over the past 10 years, it has also been highly volatile during this time, with drops of over 25% in some years. These characteristics do not bode well for income investors seeking reliable stream of dividends.

In terms of its peers, Bank of Commerce Holdings has a yield of 1.5%, which is on the low-side for Banks stocks.

Next Steps:

After digging a little deeper into Bank of Commerce Holdings’s yield, it’s easy to see why you should be cautious investing in the company just for the dividend. But if you are not exclusively a dividend investor, the stock could still be an interesting investment opportunity. 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. I’ve put together three key factors you should look at:

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

To help readers see past the short term volatility of the financial market, we aim to bring you a long-term focused research analysis purely driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis does not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements.

The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com.