Advertisement
Singapore markets closed
  • Straits Times Index

    3,297.55
    -26.98 (-0.81%)
     
  • Nikkei

    38,814.56
    +94.09 (+0.24%)
     
  • Hang Seng

    17,941.78
    -170.85 (-0.94%)
     
  • FTSE 100

    8,146.86
    -16.81 (-0.21%)
     
  • Bitcoin USD

    65,947.83
    -895.04 (-1.34%)
     
  • CMC Crypto 200

    1,396.12
    -21.75 (-1.53%)
     
  • S&P 500

    5,431.60
    -2.14 (-0.04%)
     
  • Dow

    38,589.16
    -57.94 (-0.15%)
     
  • Nasdaq

    17,688.88
    +21.32 (+0.12%)
     
  • Gold

    2,348.40
    +30.40 (+1.31%)
     
  • Crude Oil

    78.49
    -0.13 (-0.17%)
     
  • 10-Yr Bond

    4.2130
    -0.0250 (-0.59%)
     
  • FTSE Bursa Malaysia

    1,607.32
    -2.85 (-0.18%)
     
  • Jakarta Composite Index

    6,734.83
    -96.73 (-1.42%)
     
  • PSE Index

    6,383.70
    -7.13 (-0.11%)
     

Should You Buy The First Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:FBMS) For Its Upcoming Dividend?

The First Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:FBMS) stock is about to trade ex-dividend in four days. Typically, the ex-dividend date is one business day before the record date which is the date on which a company determines the shareholders eligible to receive a dividend. The ex-dividend date is of consequence because whenever a stock is bought or sold, the trade takes at least two business day to settle. In other words, investors can purchase First Bancshares' shares before the 6th of May in order to be eligible for the dividend, which will be paid on the 23rd of May.

The company's next dividend payment will be US$0.25 per share, on the back of last year when the company paid a total of US$1.00 to shareholders. Looking at the last 12 months of distributions, First Bancshares has a trailing yield of approximately 4.2% on its current stock price of US$23.94. 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 investigate whether First Bancshares can afford its dividend, and if the dividend could grow.

Check out our latest analysis for First Bancshares

If a company pays out more in dividends than it earned, then the dividend might become unsustainable - hardly an ideal situation. Fortunately First Bancshares's payout ratio is modest, at just 38% of profit.

ADVERTISEMENT

When a company paid out less in dividends than it earned in profit, this generally suggests its dividend is affordable. The lower the % of its profit that it pays out, the greater the margin of safety for the dividend if the business enters a downturn.

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

historic-dividend
historic-dividend

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 earnings decline and the company is forced to cut its dividend, investors could watch the value of their investment go up in smoke. With that in mind, we're encouraged by the steady growth at First Bancshares, with earnings per share up 9.1% on average 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 last 10 years, First Bancshares has lifted its dividend by approximately 21% a year on average. We're glad to see dividends rising alongside earnings over a number of years, which may be a sign the company intends to share the growth with shareholders.

Final Takeaway

Is First Bancshares an attractive dividend stock, or better left on the shelf? It has been growing its earnings per share somewhat in recent years, although it reinvests more than half its earnings in the business, which could suggest there are some growth projects that have not yet reached fruition. We think this is a pretty attractive combination, and would be interested in investigating First Bancshares more closely.

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

A common investing mistake is buying the first interesting stock you see. Here you can find a full list of high-yield dividend stocks.

Have feedback on this article? Concerned about the content? Get in touch with us directly. Alternatively, email editorial-team (at) simplywallst.com.

This article by Simply Wall St is general in nature. We provide commentary based on historical data and analyst forecasts only using an unbiased methodology and our articles are not intended to be financial advice. It does not constitute a recommendation to buy or sell any stock, and does not take account of your objectives, or your financial situation. We aim to bring you long-term focused analysis driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis may not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements or qualitative material. Simply Wall St has no position in any stocks mentioned.