DCB Bank Limited (NSE:DCBBANK) Is An Attractive Dividend Stock …

Is DCB Bank Limited (NSE:DCBBANK) a good dividend stock? How can we tell? Dividend paying companies with growing earnings can be highly rewarding in the long term. Yet sometimes, investors buy a popular dividend stock because of its yield, and then lose money if the company’s dividend doesn’t live up to expectations.

With only a two-year payment history, and a 0.5% yield, investors probably think DCB Bank is not much of a dividend stock. While it may not look like much, if earnings are growing it could become quite interesting. There are a few simple ways to reduce the risks of buying DCB Bank for its dividend, and we’ll go through these below.

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NSEI:DCBBANK Historical Dividend Yield, October 4th 2019NSEI:DCBBANK Historical Dividend Yield, October 4th 2019

Payout ratios

Companies (usually) pay dividends out of their earnings. If a company is paying more than it earns, the dividend might have to be cut. So we need to form a view on if a company’s dividend is sustainable, relative to its net profit after tax. In the last year, DCB Bank paid out 9.2% of its profit as dividends. We like this low payout ratio, because it implies the dividend is well covered and leaves ample opportunity for reinvestment.

Dividend Volatility

Before buying a stock for its income, we want to see if the dividends have been stable in the past, and if the company has a track record of maintaining its dividend. The dividend has not fluctuated much, but with a relatively short payment history, we can’t be sure this is sustainable across a full market cycle. During the past two-year period, the first annual payment was ₹0.50 in 2017, compared to ₹1.00 last year. This works out to be a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of approximately 41% a year over that time.

The dividend has been growing pretty quickly, which could be enough to get us interested even though the dividend history is relatively short. Further research may be warranted.

Dividend Growth Potential

Dividend payments have been consistent over the past few years, but we should always check if earnings per share (EPS) are growing, as this will help maintain the purchasing power of the dividend. It’s good to see DCB Bank has been growing its earnings per share at 12% a year over the past five years. Earnings per share are growing at a solid clip, and the payout ratio is low. We think this is an ideal combination in a dividend stock.

Conclusion

To summarise, shareholders should always check that DCB Bank’s dividends are affordable, that its dividend payments are relatively stable, and that it has decent prospects for growing its earnings and dividend. Firstly, we like that DCB Bank has a low and conservative payout ratio. We were also glad to see it growing earnings, although its dividend history is not as long as we’d like. Overall we think DCB Bank is an interesting dividend stock, although it could be better.

Earnings growth generally bodes well for the future value of company dividend payments. See if the 15 DCB Bank analysts we track are forecasting continued growth with our free report on analyst estimates for the company.

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