First Financial Northwest, Inc. (NASDAQ:FFNW): 3 Days To Buy Before The Ex-Dividend Date

Attention dividend hunters! First Financial Northwest, Inc. (NASDAQ:FFNW) will be distributing its dividend of US$0.08 per share on the 22 March 2019, and will start trading ex-dividend in 3 days time on the 07 March 2019. Is this future income a persuasive enough catalyst for investors to think about First Financial Northwest as an investment today? Below, I’m going to look at the latest data and analyze the stock and its dividend property in further detail.

See our latest analysis for First Financial Northwest

5 questions to ask before buying a dividend stock

If you are a dividend investor, you should always assess these five key metrics:

  • Does it pay an annual yield higher than 75% of dividend payers?
  • Has its dividend been stable over the past (i.e. no missed payments or significant payout cuts)?
  • Has the amount of dividend per share grown over the past?
  • Is is able to pay the current rate of dividends from its earnings?
  • Will it be able to continue to payout at the current rate in the future?
NasdaqGS:FFNW Historical Dividend Yield, March 3rd 2019
NasdaqGS:FFNW Historical Dividend Yield, March 3rd 2019

Does First Financial Northwest pass our checks?

The company currently pays out 21% of its earnings as a dividend, according to its trailing twelve-month data, which means that the dividend is covered by earnings. In the near future, analysts are predicting a higher payout ratio of 31% which, assuming the share price stays the same, leads to a dividend yield of around 2.1%. However, EPS is forecasted to fall to $1.01 in the upcoming year. Therefore, although payout is expected to increase, the fall in earnings may not equate to higher dividend income.

If you want to dive deeper into the sustainability of a certain payout ratio, you may wish to consider the cash flow of the business. A company with strong cash flow, relative to earnings, can sometimes sustain a high pay out ratio.

If there is one thing that you want to be reliable in your life, it’s dividend stocks and their constant income stream. FFNW investors will be well aware the dividend payments are lower today than they were 10 years ago, although the payments have at least been steady. However, income investors that value stability over growth may still find FFNW appealing.

Compared to its peers, First Financial Northwest has a yield of 1.9%, which is on the low-side for Banks stocks.

Next Steps:

Keeping in mind the dividend characteristics above, First Financial Northwest is definitely worth considering for investors looking to build a dedicated income portfolio. Given that this is purely a dividend analysis, I recommend taking sufficient time to understand its core business and determine whether the company and its investment properties suit your overall goals. I’ve put together three fundamental factors you should further examine:

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

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