First Capital, Inc.'s (NASDAQ:FCAP) investors are due to receive a payment of US$0.26 per share on 30th of June. This means that the annual payment will be 3.0% of the current stock price, which is in line with the average for the industry.
First Capital's Payment Has Solid Earnings Coverage
Unless the payments are sustainable, the dividend yield doesn't mean too much. However, prior to this announcement, First Capital's dividend was comfortably covered by both cash flow and earnings. This means that most of what the business earns is being used to help it grow.
Over the next year, EPS could expand by 9.8% if recent trends continue. Assuming the dividend continues along recent trends, we think the payout ratio could be 30% by next year, which is in a pretty sustainable range.
First Capital Has A Solid Track Record
The company has been paying a dividend for a long time, and it has been quite stable which gives us confidence in the future dividend potential. The first annual payment during the last 10 years was US$0.76 in 2012, and the most recent fiscal year payment was US$1.04. This implies that the company grew its distributions at a yearly rate of about 3.2% over that duration. Although we can't deny that the dividend has been remarkably stable in the past, the growth has been pretty muted.
The Dividend Has Growth Potential
The company's investors will be pleased to have been receiving dividend income for some time. First Capital has impressed us by growing EPS at 9.8% per year over the past five years. First Capital definitely has the potential to grow its dividend in the future with earnings on an uptrend and a low payout ratio.
First Capital Looks Like A Great Dividend Stock
Overall, we like to see the dividend staying consistent, and we think First Capital might even raise payments in the future. The company is easily earning enough to cover its dividend payments and it is great to see that these earnings are being translated into cash flow. Taking this all into consideration, this looks like it could be a good dividend opportunity.
It's important to note that companies having a consistent dividend policy will generate greater investor confidence than those having an erratic one. At the same time, there are other factors our readers should be conscious of before pouring capital into a stock. You can also discover whether shareholders are aligned with insider interests by checking our visualisation of insider shareholdings and trades in First Capital stock. Looking for more high-yielding dividend ideas? Try our collection of strong dividend payers.
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