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Don't Race Out To Buy Brookline Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:BRKL) Just Because It's Going Ex-Dividend

Simply Wall St ·  May 5 20:53

Readers hoping to buy Brookline Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:BRKL) for its dividend will need to make their move shortly, as the stock is about to trade ex-dividend. The ex-dividend date occurs one day before the record date which is the day on which shareholders need to be on the company's books in order 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. Thus, you can purchase Brookline Bancorp's shares before the 9th of May in order to receive the dividend, which the company will pay on the 24th of May.

The company's next dividend payment will be US$0.135 per share, on the back of last year when the company paid a total of US$0.54 to shareholders. Last year's total dividend payments show that Brookline Bancorp has a trailing yield of 6.1% on the current share price of US$8.85. Dividends are an important source of income to many shareholders, but the health of the business is crucial to maintaining those dividends. We need to see whether the dividend is covered by earnings and if it's growing.

Dividends are usually paid out of company profits, so if a company pays out more than it earned then its dividend is usually at greater risk of being cut. Brookline Bancorp paid out 58% of its earnings to investors last year, a normal payout level for most businesses.

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.

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NasdaqGS:BRKL Historic Dividend May 5th 2024

Have Earnings And Dividends Been Growing?

Businesses with shrinking earnings are tricky from a dividend perspective. If earnings decline and the company is forced to cut its dividend, investors could watch the value of their investment go up in smoke. That's why it's not ideal to see Brookline Bancorp's earnings per share have been shrinking at 2.4% a year over the previous five years.

Another key way to measure a company's dividend prospects is by measuring its historical rate of dividend growth. Since the start of our data, 10 years ago, Brookline Bancorp has lifted its dividend by approximately 4.7% a year on average. That's interesting, but the combination of a growing dividend despite declining earnings can typically only be achieved by paying out more of the company's profits. This can be valuable for shareholders, but it can't go on forever.

Final Takeaway

Is Brookline Bancorp an attractive dividend stock, or better left on the shelf? We're not overly enthused to see Brookline Bancorp's earnings in retreat at the same time as the company is paying out more than half of its earnings as dividends to shareholders. This is not an overtly appealing combination of characteristics, and we're just not that interested in this company's dividend.

With that in mind though, if the poor dividend characteristics of Brookline Bancorp don't faze you, it's worth being mindful of the risks involved with this business. Every company has risks, and we've spotted 1 warning sign for Brookline Bancorp you should know about.

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