Over the past 10 years United Bankshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:UBSI) has been paying dividends to shareholders. The stock currently pays out a dividend yield of 4.0%, and has a market cap of US$3.5b. Should it have a place in your portfolio? Let’s take a look at United Bankshares in more detail.
5 questions I ask before picking a dividend stock
When assessing a stock as a potential addition to my dividend Portfolio, I look at these five areas:
- Is its annual yield among the top 25% of dividend-paying companies?
- Has its dividend been stable over the past (i.e. no missed payments or significant payout cuts)?
- Has the amount of dividend per share grown over the past?
- Can it afford to pay the current rate of dividends from its earnings?
- Based on future earnings growth, will it be able to continue to payout dividend at the current rate?
Does United Bankshares pass our checks?
United Bankshares has a trailing twelve-month payout ratio of 55%, which means that the dividend is covered by earnings. Going forward, analysts expect UBSI’s payout to remain around the same level at 55% of its earnings. Assuming a constant share price, this equates to a dividend yield of 4.1%. Furthermore, EPS should increase to $2.53.
When assessing the forecast sustainability of a dividend it is also worth considering the cash flow of the business. Companies with strong cash flow can sustain a higher payout ratio, while companies with weaker cash flow generally cannot.
If dividend is a key criteria in your investment consideration, then you need to make sure the dividend stock you’re eyeing out is reliable in its payments. UBSI has increased its DPS from $1.16 to $1.36 in the past 10 years. It has also been paying out dividend consistently during this time, as you’d expect for a company increasing its dividend levels. These are all positive signs of a great, reliable dividend stock.
Compared to its peers, United Bankshares produces a yield of 4.0%, which is high for Banks stocks.
Keeping in mind the dividend characteristics above, United Bankshares is definitely worth considering for investors looking to build a dedicated income portfolio. Given that this is purely a dividend analysis, I recommend taking sufficient time to understand its core business and determine whether the company and its investment properties suit your overall goals. I’ve put together three fundamental aspects you should further research:
- Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for UBSI’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for UBSI’s outlook.
- Valuation: What is UBSI 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 UBSI is currently mispriced by the market.
- Other 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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