Regular readers will know that we love our dividends at Simply Wall St, which is why it’s exciting to see Oconee Federal Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:OFED) is about to trade ex-dividend in the next 4 days. If you purchase the stock on or after the 5th of August, you won’t be eligible to receive this dividend, when it is paid on the 20th of August.
Oconee Federal Financial’s next dividend payment will be US$0.10 per share. Last year, in total, the company distributed US$0.40 to shareholders. Calculating the last year’s worth of payments shows that Oconee Federal Financial has a trailing yield of 1.5% on the current share price of $26.51. We love seeing companies pay a dividend, but it’s also important to be sure that laying the golden eggs isn’t going to kill our golden goose! We need to see whether the dividend is covered by earnings and if it’s growing.
Dividends are typically paid out of company income, so if a company pays out more than it earned, its dividend is usually at a higher risk of being cut. Oconee Federal Financial paid out more than half (57%) of its earnings last year, which is a regular payout ratio for most companies.
Generally speaking, the lower a company’s payout ratios, the more resilient its dividend usually is.
Have Earnings And Dividends Been Growing?
Stocks with flat earnings can still be attractive dividend payers, but it is important to be more conservative with your approach and demand a greater margin for safety when it comes to dividend sustainability. If earnings decline and the company is forced to cut its dividend, investors could watch the value of their investment go up in smoke. With that in mind, we’re not enthused to see that Oconee Federal Financial’s earnings per share have remained effectively flat over the past five years. We’d take that over an earnings decline any day, but in the long run, the best dividend stocks all grow their earnings per share.
Many investors will assess a company’s dividend performance by evaluating how much the dividend payments have changed over time. It looks like the Oconee Federal Financial dividends are largely the same as they were nine years ago.
To Sum It Up
Is Oconee Federal Financial worth buying for its dividend? Oconee Federal Financial has been struggling to generate growth while also paying out more than half of its earnings to shareholders as dividends. It doesn’t appear an outstanding opportunity, but could be worth a closer look.
However if you’re still interested in Oconee Federal Financial as a potential investment, you should definitely consider some of the risks involved with Oconee Federal Financial. To that end, you should learn about the 2 warning signs we’ve spotted with Oconee Federal Financial (including 1 which can’t be ignored).
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