Is Lake Shore Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:LSBK) A Great 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, Lake Shore Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:LSBK) has paid dividends to shareholders, and these days it yields 3.1%. Should it have a place in your portfolio? Let’s take a look at Lake Shore Bancorp in more detail.

See our latest analysis for Lake Shore Bancorp

Here’s how I find good dividend stocks

Whenever I am looking at a potential dividend stock investment, I always check these five 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 dividend per share amount increased 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?
NasdaqGM:LSBK Historical Dividend Yield, April 3rd 2019
NasdaqGM:LSBK Historical Dividend Yield, April 3rd 2019

How well does Lake Shore Bancorp fit our criteria?

Lake Shore Bancorp has a trailing twelve-month payout ratio of 64%, 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 considering the sustainability of dividends, it is also worth checking the cash flow of a company. Cash flow is important because companies with strong cash flow can usually sustain higher payout ratios.

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. Whilst its per-share payments have increased during the past 10 years, there has been some hiccups. Shareholders would have seen a few years of reduced payments in this time.

Relative to peers, Lake Shore Bancorp generates a yield of 3.1%, which is on the low-side for Mortgage stocks.

Next Steps:

If you are building an income portfolio, then Lake Shore Bancorp is a complicated choice since it has some positive aspects as well as negative ones. 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. There are three pertinent factors you should further research:

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

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