Should You Buy United Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:UBCP) For Its Upcoming Dividend In 4 Days?

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Simply Wall St
Published
March 04, 2020
NasdaqCM:UBCP

United Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:UBCP) stock is about to trade ex-dividend in 4 days time. You can purchase shares before the 9th of March in order to receive the dividend, which the company will pay on the 20th of March.

United Bancorp's next dividend payment will be US$0.14 per share. Last year, in total, the company distributed US$0.56 to shareholders. Looking at the last 12 months of distributions, United Bancorp has a trailing yield of approximately 4.2% on its current stock price of $13.6152. Dividends are a major contributor to investment returns for long term holders, but only if the dividend continues to be paid. That's why we should always check whether the dividend payments appear sustainable, and if the company is growing.

See our latest analysis for United Bancorp

If a company pays out more in dividends than it earned, then the dividend might become unsustainable - hardly an ideal situation. Fortunately United Bancorp's payout ratio is modest, at just 44% of profit.

Generally speaking, the lower a company's payout ratios, the more resilient its dividend usually is.

Click here to see how much of its profit United Bancorp paid out over the last 12 months.

NasdaqCM:UBCP Historical Dividend Yield, March 4th 2020
NasdaqCM:UBCP Historical Dividend Yield, March 4th 2020

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. If earnings fall far enough, the company could be forced to cut its dividend. Fortunately for readers, United Bancorp's earnings per share have been growing at 18% a year for the past five years.

The main way most investors will assess a company's dividend prospects is by checking the historical rate of dividend growth. It looks like the United Bancorp dividends are largely the same as they were ten years ago.

Final Takeaway

Has United Bancorp got what it takes to maintain its dividend payments? When companies are growing rapidly and retaining a majority of the profits within the business, it's usually a sign that reinvesting earnings creates more value than paying dividends to shareholders. This is one of the most attractive investment combinations under this analysis, as it can create substantial value for investors over the long run. Overall, United Bancorp looks like a promising dividend stock in this analysis, and we think it would be worth investigating further.

With that in mind, a critical part of thorough stock research is being aware of any risks that stock currently faces. To help with this, we've discovered 3 warning signs for United Bancorp that you should be aware of before investing in their shares.

We wouldn't recommend just buying the first dividend stock you see, though. Here's a list of interesting dividend stocks with a greater than 2% yield and an upcoming dividend.

If you spot an error that warrants correction, please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com. This article by Simply Wall St is general in nature. It does not constitute a recommendation to buy or sell any stock, and does not take account of your objectives, or your financial situation. Simply Wall St has no position in the stocks mentioned.

We aim to bring you long-term focused research analysis driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis may not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements or qualitative material. Thank you for reading.

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