How Does First Financial Northwest, Inc. (NASDAQ:FFNW) Fare As A Dividend Stock?

Dividends play an important role in compounding returns in the long run and end up forming a sizeable part of investment returns. Historically, First Financial Northwest, Inc. (NASDAQ:FFNW) has paid a dividend to shareholders. It currently yields 2.0%. Let’s dig deeper into whether First Financial Northwest should have a place in your portfolio.

View our latest analysis for First Financial Northwest

5 checks you should do on a dividend stock

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

  • Is it the top 25% annual dividend yield payer?
  • 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?
  • Can it afford to pay the current rate of dividends from its earnings?
  • Will the company be able to keep paying dividend based on the future earnings growth?
NasdaqGS:FFNW Historical Dividend Yield, March 17th 2019
NasdaqGS:FFNW Historical Dividend Yield, March 17th 2019

How well does First Financial Northwest fit our criteria?

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. Going forward, analysts expect FFNW’s payout to increase to 31% of its earnings. Assuming a constant share price, this equates to a dividend yield of 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. Companies with strong cash flow can sustain a higher payout ratio, while companies with weaker cash flow generally cannot.

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. 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.

Relative to peers, First Financial Northwest produces a yield of 2.0%, 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 important 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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