Seacoast Banking Corporation of Florida (NASDAQ:SBCF) will increase its dividend on the 30th of June to US$0.17. This takes the annual payment to 1.7% of the current stock price, which unfortunately is below what the industry is paying.
Seacoast Banking Corporation of Florida’s Payment Has Solid Earnings Coverage
Even a low dividend yield can be attractive if it is sustained for years on end. Before making this announcement, Seacoast Banking Corporation of Florida was easily earning enough to cover the dividend. This means that most of its earnings are being retained to grow the business.
Looking forward, earnings per share is forecast to fall by 3.9% over the next year. If the dividend continues along recent trends, we estimate the payout ratio could be 32%, which we consider to be quite comfortable, with most of the company’s earnings left over to grow the business in the future.
Seacoast Banking Corporation of Florida Doesn’t Have A Long Payment History
It is tough to make a judgement on how stable a dividend is when the company hasn’t been paying one for very long. 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
Some investors will be chomping at the bit to buy some of the company’s stock based on its dividend history. Seacoast Banking Corporation of Florida has seen EPS rising for the last five years, at 16% per annum. With a decent amount of growth and a low payout ratio, we think this bodes well for Seacoast Banking Corporation of Florida’s prospects of growing its dividend payments in the future.
The company has also been raising capital by issuing stock equal to 11% of shares outstanding in the last 12 months. Regularly doing this can be detrimental – it’s hard to grow dividends per share when new shares are regularly being created.
We Really Like Seacoast Banking Corporation of Florida’s Dividend
In summary, it is always positive to see the dividend being increased, and we are particularly pleased with its overall sustainability. The distributions are easily covered by earnings, and there is plenty of cash being generated as well. If earnings do fall over the next 12 months, the dividend could be buffeted a little bit, but we don’t think it should cause too much of a problem in the long term. 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. Meanwhile, despite the importance of dividend payments, they are not the only factors our readers should know when assessing a company. Taking the debate a bit further, we’ve identified 2 warning signs for Seacoast Banking Corporation of Florida that investors need to be conscious of moving forward. Looking for more high-yielding dividend ideas? Try our collection of strong dividend payers.
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