Here's What We Like About HarborOne Bancorp's (NASDAQ:HONE) Upcoming Dividend

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Some investors rely on dividends for growing their wealth, and if you're one of those dividend sleuths, you might be intrigued to know that HarborOne Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:HONE) is about to go ex-dividend in just 4 days. The ex-dividend date is one business day before the record date, which is the cut-off date for shareholders to be present on the company's books to be eligible for a dividend payment. The ex-dividend date is important because any transaction on a stock needs to have been settled before the record date in order to be eligible for a dividend. Meaning, you will need to purchase HarborOne Bancorp's shares before the 12th of October to receive the dividend, which will be paid on the 27th of October.

The company's next dividend payment will be US$0.05 per share, and in the last 12 months, the company paid a total of US$0.20 per share. Calculating the last year's worth of payments shows that HarborOne Bancorp has a trailing yield of 1.4% on the current share price of $14.06. Dividends are an important source of income to many shareholders, but the health of the business is crucial to maintaining those dividends. That's why we should always check whether the dividend payments appear sustainable, and if the company is growing.

See our latest analysis for HarborOne Bancorp

Dividends are typically paid from company earnings. If a company pays more in dividends than it earned in profit, then the dividend could be unsustainable. HarborOne Bancorp paid out just 13% of its profit last year, which we think is conservatively low and leaves plenty of margin for unexpected circumstances.

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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Have Earnings And Dividends Been Growing?

Stocks in companies that generate sustainable earnings growth often make the best dividend prospects, as it is easier to lift the dividend when earnings are rising. Investors love dividends, so if earnings fall and the dividend is reduced, expect a stock to be sold off heavily at the same time. It's encouraging to see HarborOne Bancorp has grown its earnings rapidly, up 88% a year for the past five years.

Given that HarborOne Bancorp has only been paying a dividend for a year, there's not much of a past history to draw insight from.

Final Takeaway

Has HarborOne Bancorp got what it takes to maintain its dividend payments? Companies like HarborOne Bancorp that are growing rapidly and paying out a low fraction of earnings, are usually reinvesting heavily in their business. This strategy can add significant value to shareholders over the long term - as long as it's done without issuing too many new shares. HarborOne Bancorp ticks a lot of boxes for us from a dividend perspective, and we think these characteristics should mark the company as deserving of further attention.

In light of that, while HarborOne Bancorp has an appealing dividend, it's worth knowing the risks involved with this stock. For instance, we've identified 2 warning signs for HarborOne Bancorp (1 is significant) you should be aware of.

If you're in the market for dividend stocks, we recommend checking our list of top dividend stocks with a greater than 2% yield and an upcoming dividend.

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