Regular readers will know that we love our dividends at Simply Wall St, which is why it's exciting to see CB Financial Services, Inc. (NASDAQ:CBFV) is about to trade ex-dividend in the next 4 days. If you purchase the stock on or after the 3rd of December, you won't be eligible to receive this dividend, when it is paid on the 15th of December.
CB Financial Services's next dividend payment will be US$0.24 per share, on the back of last year when the company paid a total of US$0.96 to shareholders. Based on the last year's worth of payments, CB Financial Services stock has a trailing yield of around 4.2% on the current share price of $22.8. Dividends are a major contributor to investment returns for long term holders, but only if the dividend continues to be paid. So we need to investigate whether CB Financial Services can afford its dividend, and if the dividend could grow.
Dividends are typically paid from company earnings. If a company pays more in dividends than it earned in profit, then the dividend could be unsustainable. CB Financial Services lost money last year, so the fact that it's paying a dividend is certainly disconcerting. There might be a good reason for this, but we'd want to look into it further before getting comfortable.
Have Earnings And Dividends Been Growing?
Companies with falling earnings are riskier for dividend shareholders. If earnings fall far enough, the company could be forced to cut its dividend. CB Financial Services was unprofitable last year and, unfortunately, the general trend suggests its earnings have been in decline over the last five years, making us wonder if the dividend is sustainable at all.
The main way most investors will assess a company's dividend prospects is by checking the historical rate of dividend growth. In the last six years, CB Financial Services has lifted its dividend by approximately 2.3% a year on average.
From a dividend perspective, should investors buy or avoid CB Financial Services? First, it's not great to see the company paying a dividend despite being loss-making over the last year. Worse, the general trend in its earnings looks negative in recent years. All things considered, we're not optimistic about its dividend prospects, and would be inclined to leave it on the shelf for now.
With that in mind though, if the poor dividend characteristics of CB Financial Services don't faze you, it's worth being mindful of the risks involved with this business. Our analysis shows 1 warning sign for CB Financial Services and you should be aware of this before buying any shares.
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