HomeTrust Bancshares' (NASDAQ:HTBI) Dividend Will Be $0.11

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HomeTrust Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:HTBI) will pay a dividend of $0.11 on the 29th of February. Including this payment, the dividend yield on the stock will be 1.5%, which is a modest boost for shareholders' returns.

While the dividend yield is important for income investors, it is also important to consider any large share price moves, as this will generally outweigh any gains from distributions. Investors will be pleased to see that HomeTrust Bancshares' stock price has increased by 40% in the last 3 months, which is good for shareholders and can also explain a decrease in the dividend yield.

See our latest analysis for HomeTrust Bancshares

HomeTrust Bancshares' Payment Expected To Have Solid Earnings Coverage

If it is predictable over a long period, even low dividend yields can be attractive.

HomeTrust Bancshares has a good history of paying out dividends, with its current track record at 5 years. Using data from its latest earnings report, HomeTrust Bancshares' payout ratio sits at 14%, an extremely comfortable number that shows that it can pay its dividend.

Over the next 3 years, EPS is forecast to fall by 5.2%. Despite that, analysts estimate the future payout ratio could be 16% over the same time period, which is in a pretty comfortable range.

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NasdaqGS:HTBI Historic Dividend January 30th 2024

HomeTrust Bancshares Is Still Building Its Track Record

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. Since 2019, the dividend has gone from $0.24 total annually to $0.44. This means that it has been growing its distributions at 13% per annum 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.

The Dividend Looks Likely To Grow

Investors who have held shares in the company for the past few years will be happy with the dividend income they have received. HomeTrust Bancshares has impressed us by growing EPS at 12% per year over the past five years. HomeTrust Bancshares definitely has the potential to grow its dividend in the future with earnings on an uptrend and a low payout ratio.

We should note that HomeTrust Bancshares has issued stock equal to 11% of shares outstanding. Trying to grow the dividend when issuing new shares reminds us of the ancient Greek tale of Sisyphus - perpetually pushing a boulder uphill. Companies that consistently issue new shares are often suboptimal from a dividend perspective.

We Really Like HomeTrust Bancshares' Dividend

Overall, we think that this is a great income investment, and we think that maintaining the dividend this year may have been a conservative choice. The distributions are easily covered by earnings, and there is plenty of cash being generated as well. If earnings do fall over the next 12 months, the dividend could be buffeted a little bit, but we don't think it should cause too much of a problem in the long term. Taking this all into consideration, this looks like it could be a good dividend opportunity.

Market movements attest to how highly valued a consistent dividend policy is compared to one which is more unpredictable. Still, investors need to consider a host of other factors, apart from dividend payments, when analysing a company. To that end, HomeTrust Bancshares has 3 warning signs (and 1 which is a bit concerning) we think you should know about. Looking for more high-yielding dividend ideas? Try our collection of strong dividend payers.

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