Barrett Business Services (NASDAQ:BBSI) Is Paying Out A Dividend Of $0.30

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Barrett Business Services, Inc. (NASDAQ:BBSI) has announced that it will pay a dividend of $0.30 per share on the 2nd of September. Based on this payment, the dividend yield on the company's stock will be 1.4%, which is an attractive boost to shareholder returns.

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Barrett Business Services' Earnings Easily Cover The Distributions

While it is great to have a strong dividend yield, we should also consider whether the payment is sustainable. Barrett Business Services is quite easily earning enough to cover the dividend, however it is being let down by weak cash flows. We think that cash flows should take priority over earnings, so this is definitely a worry for the dividend going forward.

Looking forward, earnings per share is forecast to rise by 6.5% over the next year. If the dividend continues along recent trends, we estimate the payout ratio will be 19%, which is in the range that makes us comfortable with the sustainability of the dividend.

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Barrett Business Services Has A Solid Track Record

The company has an extended history of paying stable dividends. The dividend has gone from an annual total of $0.36 in 2012 to the most recent total annual payment of $1.20. This works out to be a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of approximately 13% a year over that time. It is good to see that there has been strong dividend growth, and that there haven't been any cuts for a long time.

The Dividend Looks Likely To Grow

Investors who have held shares in the company for the past few years will be happy with the dividend income they have received. We are encouraged to see that Barrett Business Services has grown earnings per share at 20% per year over the past five years. With a decent amount of growth and a low payout ratio, we think this bodes well for Barrett Business Services' prospects of growing its dividend payments in the future.

In Summary

Overall, it's nice to see a consistent dividend payment, but we think that longer term, the current level of payment might be unsustainable. With cash flows lacking, it is difficult to see how the company can sustain a dividend payment. This company is not in the top tier of income providing stocks.

It's important to note that companies having a consistent dividend policy will generate greater investor confidence than those having an erratic one. 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 1 warning sign for Barrett Business Services that investors need to be conscious of moving forward. Is Barrett Business Services not quite the opportunity you were looking for? Why not check out our selection of top dividend stocks.

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