Attention dividend hunters! Riverview Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:RVSB) will be distributing its dividend of US$0.04 per share on the 23 April 2019, and will start trading ex-dividend in 4 days time on the 10 April 2019. Is this future income a persuasive enough catalyst for investors to think about Riverview Bancorp as an investment today? Below, I’m going to look at the latest data and analyze the stock and its dividend property in further detail.
5 questions to ask before buying 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 the amount of dividend per share grown over the past?
- Can it afford to pay the current rate of dividends from its earnings?
- Will the company be able to keep paying dividend based on the future earnings growth?
Does Riverview Bancorp pass our checks?
The company currently pays out 20% of its earnings as a dividend, according to its trailing twelve-month data, 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 thinking about whether a dividend is sustainable, another factor to consider is the cash flow. A business with strong cash flow can sustain a higher divided payout ratio than a company with weak cash flow.
If there’s one type of stock you want to be reliable, it’s dividend stocks and their stable income-generating ability. The reality is that it is too early to consider Riverview Bancorp as a dividend investment. It has only been consistently paying dividends for 4 years, however, standard practice for reliable payers is to look for a 10-year minimum track record.
Relative to peers, Riverview Bancorp produces a yield of 2.2%, which is on the low-side for Mortgage stocks.
Now you know to keep in mind the reason why investors should be careful investing in Riverview Bancorp for the dividend. On the other hand, if you are not strictly just a dividend investor, the stock could still be offering some interesting investment opportunities. 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 important aspects you should further research:
- Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for RVSB’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for RVSB’s outlook.
- Valuation: What is RVSB 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 RVSB is currently mispriced by the market.
- 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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