Bank of Hawaii Corporation (NYSE:BOH) Looks Like A Good Stock, And It’s Going Ex-Dividend Soon

Some investors rely on dividends for growing their wealth, and if you’re one of those dividend sleuths, you might be intrigued to know that Bank of Hawaii Corporation (NYSE:BOH) is about to go ex-dividend in just 3 days. You will need to purchase shares before the 29th of August to receive the dividend, which will be paid on the 16th of September.

Bank of Hawaii’s next dividend payment will be US$0.65 per share. Last year, in total, the company distributed US$2.60 to shareholders. Looking at the last 12 months of distributions, Bank of Hawaii has a trailing yield of approximately 3.2% on its current stock price of $80.03. We love seeing companies pay a dividend, but it’s also important to be sure that laying the golden eggs isn’t going to kill our golden goose! So we need to check whether the dividend payments are covered, and if earnings are growing.

Check out our latest analysis for Bank of Hawaii

If a company pays out more in dividends than it earned, then the dividend might become unsustainable – hardly an ideal situation. Bank of Hawaii paid out a comfortable 45% of its profit last year.

Companies that pay out less in dividends than they earn in profits generally have more sustainable dividends. The lower the payout ratio, the more wiggle room the business has before it could be forced to cut the dividend.

Click here to see the company’s payout ratio, plus analyst estimates of its future dividends.

NYSE:BOH Historical Dividend Yield, August 24th 2019
NYSE:BOH Historical Dividend Yield, August 24th 2019

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 business enters a downturn and the dividend is cut, the company could see its value fall precipitously. For this reason, we’re glad to see Bank of Hawaii’s earnings per share have risen 10% per annum over the last five years.

Another key way to measure a company’s dividend prospects is by measuring its historical rate of dividend growth. In the past 10 years, Bank of Hawaii has increased its dividend at approximately 3.7% a year on average. It’s good to see both earnings and the dividend have improved – although the former has been rising much quicker than the latter, possibly due to the company reinvesting more of its profits in growth.

To Sum It Up

Has Bank of Hawaii got what it takes to maintain its dividend payments? Typically, companies that are growing rapidly and paying out a low fraction of earnings are keeping the profits for reinvestment in the business. This is one of the most attractive investment combinations under this analysis, as it can create substantial value for investors over the long run. In summary, Bank of Hawaii appears to have some promise as a dividend stock, and we’d suggest taking a closer look at it.

Ever wonder what the future holds for Bank of Hawaii? See what the five analysts we track are forecasting, with this visualisation of its historical and future estimated earnings and cash flow

If you’re in the market for dividend stocks, we recommend checking our list of top dividend stocks with a greater than 2% yield and an upcoming dividend.

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