How Does Unity Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:UNTY) Fare As A Dividend Stock?

Dividends play an important role in compounding returns in the long run and end up forming a sizeable part of investment returns. Historically, Unity Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:UNTY) has paid dividends to shareholders, and these days it yields 1.4%. Does Unity Bancorp tick all the boxes of a great dividend stock? Below, I’ll take you through my analysis.

Check out our latest analysis for Unity Bancorp

Here’s how I find good dividend stocks

If you are a dividend investor, you should always assess these five key metrics:

  • Is it paying an annual yield above 75% of dividend payers?
  • Has it consistently paid a stable dividend without missing a payment or drastically cutting payout?
  • Has it increased its dividend per share amount 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?
NasdaqGM:UNTY Historical Dividend Yield, March 20th 2019
NasdaqGM:UNTY Historical Dividend Yield, March 20th 2019

How does Unity Bancorp fare?

The company currently pays out 13% of its earnings as a dividend, according to its trailing twelve-month data, which means that the dividend is covered by earnings. Going forward, analysts expect UNTY’s payout to remain around the same level at 14% of its earnings. Assuming a constant share price, this equates to a dividend yield of 1.6%. In addition to this, EPS should increase to $2.15.

When assessing the forecast sustainability of a dividend it is also worth considering the cash flow of the business. A company with strong cash flow, relative to earnings, can sometimes sustain a high pay out ratio.

If there’s one type of stock you want to be reliable, it’s dividend stocks and their stable income-generating ability. Unfortunately, it is really too early to view Unity Bancorp as a dividend investment. It has only been consistently paying dividends for 6 years, however, standard practice for reliable payers is to look for a 10-year minimum track record.

In terms of its peers, Unity Bancorp generates a yield of 1.4%, which is on the low-side for Banks stocks.

Next Steps:

Now you know to keep in mind the reason why investors should be careful investing in Unity 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, I urge potential investors to try and get a good understanding of the underlying business and its fundamentals before deciding on an investment. I’ve put together three relevant factors you should further examine:

  1. Valuation: What is UNTY 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 UNTY is currently mispriced by the market.
  2. Management Team: An experienced management team on the helm increases our confidence in the business – take a look at who sits on Unity Bancorp’s board and the CEO’s back ground.
  3. 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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