Seacoast Banking Corporation of Florida's (NASDAQ:SBCF) Dividend Will Be Increased To US$0.17

Simply Wall St
May 07, 2022
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The board of Seacoast Banking Corporation of Florida (NASDAQ:SBCF) has announced that it will be increasing its dividend by 31% on the 30th of June to US$0.17. Even though the dividend went up, the yield is still quite low at only 1.7%.

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Seacoast Banking Corporation of Florida's Dividend Is Well Covered By Earnings

The dividend yield is a little bit low, but sustainability of the payments is also an important part of evaluating an income stock. Before making this announcement, Seacoast Banking Corporation of Florida was easily earning enough to cover the dividend. As a result, a large proportion of what it earned was being reinvested back into the business.

Looking forward, earnings per share is forecast to rise by 2.4% over the next year. Assuming the dividend continues along recent trends, we think the payout ratio could be 39% by next year, which is in a pretty sustainable range.

NasdaqGS:SBCF Historic Dividend May 7th 2022

Seacoast Banking Corporation of Florida Is Still Building Its Track Record

It's not possible for us to make a backward looking judgement just based on a short payment history. This doesn't mean that the company can't pay a good dividend, but just that we want to wait until it can prove itself.

The Dividend Looks Likely To Grow

Investors could be attracted to the stock based on the quality of its payment history. We are encouraged to see that Seacoast Banking Corporation of Florida has grown earnings per share at 16% per year over the past five years. Growth in EPS bodes well for the dividend, as does the low payout ratio that the company is currently reporting.

The company has also been raising capital by issuing stock equal to 11% of shares outstanding in the last 12 months. Trying to grow the dividend when issuing new shares reminds us of the ancient Greek tale of Sisyphus - perpetually pushing a boulder uphill. Companies that consistently issue new shares are often suboptimal from a dividend perspective.

We Really Like Seacoast Banking Corporation of Florida's Dividend

Overall, we think this could be an attractive income stock, and it is only getting better by paying a higher dividend this year. Earnings are easily covering distributions, and the company is generating plenty of cash. Taking this all into consideration, this looks like it could be a good dividend opportunity.

Market movements attest to how highly valued a consistent dividend policy is compared to one which is more unpredictable. However, there are other things to consider for investors when analysing stock performance. For instance, we've picked out 2 warning signs for Seacoast Banking Corporation of Florida that investors should take into consideration. Is Seacoast Banking Corporation of Florida not quite the opportunity you were looking for? Why not check out our selection of top dividend stocks.

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