Is Farmers National Banc Corp (NASDAQ:FMNB) An Attractive Dividend Stock? – Simply Wall St

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A sizeable part of portfolio returns can be produced by dividend stocks due to their contribution to compounding returns in the long run. In the past 10 years Farmers National Banc Corp (NASDAQ:FMNB) has returned an average of 4.00% per year to investors in the form of dividend payouts. Does Farmers National Banc tick all the boxes of a great dividend stock? Below, I’ll take you through my analysis. See our latest analysis for Farmers National Banc

5 questions I ask before picking a dividend stock

If you are a dividend investor, you should always assess these five key metrics:

  • Is it paying an annual yield above 75% of dividend payers?
  • Has it paid dividend every year without dramatically reducing payout in the past?
  • Has dividend per share amount increased over the past?
  • Is is able to pay the current rate of dividends from its earnings?
  • Based on future earnings growth, will it be able to continue to payout dividend at the current rate?

NasdaqCM:FMNB Historical Dividend Yield July 9th 18

Does Farmers National Banc pass our checks?

The company currently pays out 26.91% of its earnings as a dividend, according to its trailing twelve-month data, which means that the dividend is covered by earnings. Furthermore, analysts have not forecasted a dividends per share for the future, which makes it hard to determine the yield shareholders should expect, and whether the current payout is sustainable, moving forward.

If dividend is a key criteria in your investment consideration, then you need to make sure the dividend stock you’re eyeing out is reliable in its payments. Dividend payments from Farmers National Banc have been volatile in the past 10 years, with some years experiencing significant drops of over 25%. These characteristics do not bode well for income investors seeking reliable stream of dividends.

In terms of its peers, Farmers National Banc generates a yield of 1.70%, which is on the low-side for Banks stocks.

Next Steps:

Now you know to keep in mind the reason why investors should be careful investing in Farmers National Banc for the dividend. On the other hand, if you are not strictly just a dividend investor, the stock could still be offering some interesting investment opportunities. Given that this is purely a dividend analysis, you should always research extensively before deciding whether or not a stock is an appropriate investment for you. I always recommend analysing the company’s fundamentals and underlying business before making an investment decision. Below, I’ve compiled three pertinent factors you should further research:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for FMNB’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for FMNB’s outlook.
  2. Historical Performance: What has FMNB’s returns been like over the past? Go into more detail in the past track record analysis and take a look at the free visual representations of our analysis for more clarity.
  3. Dividend Rockstars: Are there better dividend payers with stronger fundamentals out there? Check out our free list of these great stocks here.

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