Is The First of Long Island Corporation (NASDAQ:FLIC) A Smart Pick For Income Investors?

Over the past 10 years The First of Long Island Corporation (NASDAQ:FLIC) has been paying dividends to shareholders. The company currently pays out a dividend yield of 3.0% to shareholders, making it a relatively attractive dividend stock. Does First of Long Island tick all the boxes of a great dividend stock? Below, I’ll take you through my analysis.

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Here’s how I find good dividend stocks

When assessing a stock as a potential addition to my dividend Portfolio, I look at these five areas:

  • 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?
  • Does earnings amply cover its dividend payments?
  • Based on future earnings growth, will it be able to continue to payout dividend at the current rate?
NasdaqCM:FLIC Historical Dividend Yield, March 20th 2019
NasdaqCM:FLIC Historical Dividend Yield, March 20th 2019

How well does First of Long Island fit our criteria?

First of Long Island has a trailing twelve-month payout ratio of 39%, which means that the dividend is covered by earnings. In the near future, analysts are predicting a payout ratio of 39% which, assuming the share price stays the same, leads to a dividend yield of around 3.1%. In addition to this, EPS should increase to $1.74.

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 there’s one type of stock you want to be reliable, it’s dividend stocks and their stable income-generating ability. FLIC has increased its DPS from $0.32 to $0.68 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 FLIC a true dividend rockstar.

Relative to peers, First of Long Island produces a yield of 3.0%, which is high for Banks stocks but still below the market’s top dividend payers.

Next Steps:

With this in mind, I definitely rank First of Long Island as a strong dividend stock, and makes it worth further research for anyone who likes steady income generation from their portfolio. Given that 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 relevant aspects you should further examine:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for FLIC’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for FLIC’s outlook.
  2. Valuation: What is FLIC 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 FLIC 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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