All investors love getting big returns from their portfolio, whether it's through stocks, bonds, ETFs, or other types of securities. But when you're an income investor, your primary focus is generating consistent cash flow from each of your liquid investments.
Cash flow can come from bond interest, interest from other types of investments, and of course, dividends. A dividend is that coveted distribution of a company's earnings paid out to shareholders, and investors often view it by its dividend yield, a metric that measures the dividend as a percent of the current stock price. Many academic studies show that dividends make up large portions of long-term returns, and in many cases, dividend contributions surpass one-third of total returns.
Central Valley Community Bancorp in Focus
Based in Fresno, Central Valley Community Bancorp (CVCY - Free Report) is in the Finance sector, and so far this year, shares have seen a price change of 5.62%. The holding company for Central Valley Community Bank is currently shelling out a dividend of $0.11 per share, with a dividend yield of 2.21%. This compares to the Banks - West industry's yield of 1.85% and the S&P 500's yield of 1.95%.
Taking a look at the company's dividend growth, its current annualized dividend of $0.44 is up 41.9% from last year. Over the last 5 years, Central Valley Community Bancorp has increased its dividend 3 times on a year-over-year basis for an average annual increase of 11.53%. Future dividend growth will depend on earnings growth as well as payout ratio, which is the proportion of a company's annual earnings per share that it pays out as a dividend. Right now, Central Valley Community Bancorp's payout ratio is 26%, which means it paid out 26% of its trailing 12-month EPS as dividend.
Earnings growth looks solid for CVCY for this fiscal year. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2019 is $1.57 per share, which represents a year-over-year growth rate of 1.95%.
Investors like dividends for a variety of different reasons, from tax advantages and decreasing overall portfolio risk to considerably improving stock investing profits. But, not every company offers a quarterly payout.
For instance, it's a rare occurrence when a tech start-up or big growth business offers their shareholders a dividend. It's more common to see larger companies with more established profits give out dividends. Income investors have to be mindful of the fact that high-yielding stocks tend to struggle during periods of rising interest rates. With that in mind, CVCY is a compelling investment opportunity. Not only is it a strong dividend play, but the stock currently sits at a Zacks Rank of 3 (Hold).