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SB Financial Group (NASDAQ:SBFG) Will Pay A Dividend Of US$0.12

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The board of SB Financial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:SBFG) has announced that it will pay a dividend of US$0.12 per share on the 27th of May. This payment means that the dividend yield will be 2.4%, which is around the industry average.

See our latest analysis for SB Financial Group

SB Financial Group's Dividend Is Well Covered By Earnings

We like to see a healthy dividend yield, but that is only helpful to us if the payment can continue. However, prior to this announcement, SB Financial Group'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.

Looking forward, earnings per share is forecast to fall by 8.6% over the next year. If the dividend continues along recent trends, we estimate the payout ratio could be 29%, which we consider to be quite comfortable, with most of the company's earnings left over to grow the business in the future.

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SB Financial Group Doesn't Have A Long Payment History

Even though the company has been paying a consistent dividend for a while, we would like to see a few more years before we feel comfortable relying on it. The first annual payment during the last 9 years was US$0.095 in 2013, and the most recent fiscal year payment was US$0.44. This works out to be a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of approximately 18% a year over that time. The dividend has been growing rapidly, however with such a short payment history we can't know for sure if payment can continue to grow over the long term, so caution may be warranted.

Dividend Growth May Be Hard To Achieve

Investors could be attracted to the stock based on the quality of its payment history. Earnings per share has been crawling upwards at 4.2% per year. If SB Financial Group is struggling to find viable investments, it always has the option to increase its payout ratio to pay more to shareholders.

In Summary

In summary, we are pleased with the dividend remaining consistent, and we think there is a good chance of this continuing in the future. While the payout ratios are a good sign, we are less enthusiastic about the company's dividend record. The payment isn't stellar, but it could make a decent addition to a dividend portfolio.

It's important to note that companies having a consistent dividend policy will generate greater investor confidence than those having an erratic one. Still, investors need to consider a host of other factors, apart from dividend payments, when analysing a company. To that end, SB Financial Group has 3 warning signs (and 1 which doesn't sit too well with us) we think you should know about. Is SB Financial Group not quite the opportunity you were looking for? Why not check out our selection of top dividend stocks.

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