Is It Smart To Buy Ohio Valley Banc Corp. (NASDAQ:OVBC) Before It Goes Ex-Dividend?

Simply Wall St
January 22, 2022
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Ohio Valley Banc Corp. (NASDAQ:OVBC) stock is about to trade ex-dividend in 4 days. The ex-dividend date is one business day before a company's record date, which is the date on which the company determines which shareholders are entitled to receive a dividend. It is important to be aware of the ex-dividend date because any trade on the stock needs to have been settled on or before the record date. In other words, investors can purchase Ohio Valley Banc's shares before the 27th of January in order to be eligible for the dividend, which will be paid on the 10th of February.

The company's next dividend payment will be US$0.21 per share. Last year, in total, the company distributed US$0.84 to shareholders. Last year's total dividend payments show that Ohio Valley Banc has a trailing yield of 2.8% on the current share price of $30.02. Dividends are a major contributor to investment returns for long term holders, but only if the dividend continues to be paid. So we need to investigate whether Ohio Valley Banc can afford its dividend, and if the dividend could grow.

Check out our latest analysis for Ohio Valley Banc

Dividends are usually paid out of company profits, so if a company pays out more than it earned then its dividend is usually at greater risk of being cut. Fortunately Ohio Valley Banc's payout ratio is modest, at just 28% of profit.

Companies that pay out less in dividends than they earn in profits generally have more sustainable dividends. The lower the payout ratio, the more wiggle room the business has before it could be forced to cut the dividend.

Click here to see how much of its profit Ohio Valley Banc paid out over the last 12 months.

NasdaqGM:OVBC Historic Dividend January 22nd 2022

Have Earnings And Dividends Been Growing?

Companies with consistently growing earnings per share generally make the best dividend stocks, as they usually find it easier to grow dividends per share. Investors love dividends, so if earnings fall and the dividend is reduced, expect a stock to be sold off heavily at the same time. This is why it's a relief to see Ohio Valley Banc earnings per share are up 7.3% per annum over the last five years.

The main way most investors will assess a company's dividend prospects is by checking the historical rate of dividend growth. Ohio Valley Banc's dividend payments are broadly unchanged compared to where they were 10 years ago.

The Bottom Line

From a dividend perspective, should investors buy or avoid Ohio Valley Banc? Ohio Valley Banc has seen its earnings per share grow slowly in recent years, and the company reinvests more than half of its profits in the business, which generally bodes well for its future prospects. We think this is a pretty attractive combination, and would be interested in investigating Ohio Valley Banc more closely.

Want to learn more about Ohio Valley Banc's dividend performance? Check out this visualisation of its historical revenue and earnings growth.

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