Penns Woods Bancorp (NASDAQ:PWOD) Has Announced A Dividend Of US$0.32

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Penns Woods Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:PWOD) will pay a dividend of US$0.32 on the 21st of December. Based on this payment, the dividend yield on the company's stock will be 5.3%, which is an attractive boost to shareholder returns.

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Penns Woods Bancorp's Payment Has Solid Earnings Coverage

While it is great to have a strong dividend yield, we should also consider whether the payment is sustainable. Based on the last payment, Penns Woods Bancorp was quite comfortably earning enough to cover the dividend. This indicates that quite a large proportion of earnings is being invested back into the business.

If the trend of the last few years continues, EPS will grow by 2.7% over the next 12 months. If the dividend continues along recent trends, we estimate the payout ratio will be 59%, which is in the range that makes us comfortable with the sustainability of the dividend.

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Penns Woods Bancorp Has A Solid Track Record

The company has been paying a dividend for a long time, and it has been quite stable which gives us confidence in the future dividend potential. Since 2011, the dividend has gone from US$1.23 to US$1.28. Its dividends have grown at less than 1% per annum over this time frame. While the consistency in the dividend payments is impressive, we think the relatively slow rate of growth is less attractive.

The Dividend's Growth Prospects Are Limited

The company's investors will be pleased to have been receiving dividend income for some time. Earnings per share has been crawling upwards at 2.7% per year. Growth of 2.7% per annum is not particularly high, which might explain why the company is paying out a higher proportion of earnings. This isn't necessarily bad, but we wouldn't expect rapid dividend growth in the future.

We Really Like Penns Woods Bancorp's Dividend

Overall, we like to see the dividend staying consistent, and we think Penns Woods Bancorp might even raise payments in the future. Earnings are easily covering distributions, and the company is generating plenty of cash. All in all, this checks a lot of the boxes we look for when choosing an income stock.

Market movements attest to how highly valued a consistent dividend policy is compared to one which is more unpredictable. At the same time, there are other factors our readers should be conscious of before pouring capital into a stock. Now, if you want to look closer, it would be worth checking out our free research on Penns Woods Bancorp management tenure, salary, and performance. Looking for more high-yielding dividend ideas? Try our curated list of strong dividend payers.

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