2 Days Left Before MBT Financial Corp (NASDAQ:MBTF) Will Start Trading Ex-Dividend, Is It Worth Buying?

Attention dividend hunters! MBT Financial Corp (NASDAQ:MBTF) will be distributing its dividend of US$0.10 per share on the 16 August 2018, and will start trading ex-dividend in 2 days time on the 08 August 2018. Investors looking for higher income-generating stocks to add to their portfolio should keep reading, as I take a deeper dive into MBT Financial’s latest financial data to analyse its dividend attributes.

See our latest analysis for MBT Financial

5 checks you should use to assess a dividend stock

When researching a dividend stock, I always follow the following screening criteria:

  • Is its annual yield among the top 25% of dividend-paying companies?
  • Does it consistently pay out dividends without missing a payment of significantly cutting payout?
  • Has dividend per share amount increased over the past?
  • Is is able to pay the current rate of dividends from its earnings?
  • Based on future earnings growth, will it be able to continue to payout dividend at the current rate?
NasdaqGS:MBTF Historical Dividend Yield August 5th 18
NasdaqGS:MBTF Historical Dividend Yield August 5th 18

How does MBT Financial fare?

MBT Financial has a trailing twelve-month payout ratio of 45.35%, meaning the dividend is sufficiently 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.

If there’s one type of stock you want to be reliable, it’s dividend stocks and their stable income-generating ability. 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.

In terms of its peers, MBT Financial has a yield of 8.85%, which is high for Banks stocks.

Next Steps:

With this in mind, I definitely rank MBT Financial 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, 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 aspects you should further research:

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

To help readers see past the short term volatility of the financial market, we aim to bring you a long-term focused research analysis purely driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis does not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements.

The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com.