(R. Chandrasekaran) Financial services provider Bank of Hawaii (NYSE: BOH) has kept its quarterly dividend of 45 cents a share. The dividend provides a better yield than most bonds. The company has been paying a dividend since 1899. The dividend is payable on June 14 to the shareholders of record on May 31. The stock will be traded ex-dividend from May 29.
The current dividend provides a 3.80 percent yield, and the five-year average dividend yield works out 4.00 percent. The dividend payout ratio is 53 percent, which is higher than the average five-year dividend payout ratio of 50 percent. The three-year and five-year dividend growth rate represents 0.37 percent and 2.96 percent respectively.
Meanwhile, five-year U.S. treasury bond provide a yield of 0.81 percent, five-year AAA rated Municipal bond offer a 0.98 percent yield, and AA rated five-year Municipal bonds a slightly higher yield of 1.13 percent. Five year AAA and AA corporate bonds provide 1.35 percent and 1.72 percent yields respectively.
The 14 P/E ratio for Bank of Hawaii indicates there is room for upside, as the industry's P/E is 33. The company's debt to equity ratio is three percent versus the industry's two percent.
Total return for the company for the 12-month period was 3.87 percent. Total return for three years represents a whopping 61.23 percent, whereas five-year total returns works out to 4.84 percent.
Bank of Hawaii earned a profit of $43.81 million for the first quarter, up from $42.36 billion and earnings rose to 95 cents a share from 88 cents a share in the year earlier quarter. Interest income was $97.5 million, down from $99.7 million, and non-interest income was $48.08 million, lower than $53.92 million in the previous year quarter. Wall Street predicted earnings of 81 cents a share and revenues of $141.34 million.