Community Trust Bank: High-Yield Dividend Stock Analysis

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Linked here (PDF) is a detailed quantitative analysis of Community Trust Bank Corp. (NASDAQ:CTBI). Below are some highlights from the above-linked analysis:

Company Description: Community Trust Bank Corp. owns and operates Community Trust Bank, Inc. of Pikeville, Ky., which provides commercial banking services in Kentucky and West Virginia, and a trust company.

Fair Value: In calculating fair value, I consider the NPV MMA Differential Fair Value, along with these four calculations of fair value (see page 2 of the above-linked PDF for a detailed description):

1. Avg. High-Yield Price
2. 20-Year DCF Price
3. Avg. P/E Price
4. Graham Number

CTBI is trading at a discount to No. 3 above. The stock is trading at a slight premium to its calculated fair value of $31.96. CTBI did not earn any Stars in this section.

Dividend Analytical Data: In this section, there are three possible Stars and three key metrics (see page 2 of the above-linked PDF for a detailed description):

1. Free Cash Flow Payout
2. Debt to Total Capital
3. Key Metrics
4. Dividend Growth Rate
5. Years of Div. Growth
6. Rolling Four-Year Div. > 15%

CTBI earned three Stars in this section for Nos. 1, 2, and 3 above. A Star was earned because the Free Cash Flow payout ratio was less than 60% and there were no negative Free Cash Flows over the last 10 years. The stock earned a Star as a result of its most recent Debt to Total Capital being less than 45%. CTBI earned a Star for having an acceptable score in at least two of the four key metrics measured. The company has paid a cash dividend to shareholders every year since 1988 and has increased its dividend payments for 32 consecutive years.

Dividend Income Vs. MMA: Why would you assume the equity risk and invest in a dividend stock if you could earn a better return in a much less risky money market account (MMA) or Treasury bond? This section compares the earning ability of this stock with a high-yield MMA. Two items are considered in this section (see page 2 of the above-linked PDF for a detailed description):

1. NPV MMA Diff.
2. Years to > MMA

CTBI earned a Star in this section for its NPV MMA Diff. of $528. This amount is in excess of the $500 target I look for in a stock that has increased dividends as long as CTBI has. The stock's current yield of 3.81% exceeds the 2.54% estimated 20-year average MMA rate.

Memberships and Peers: CTBI is and a member of the Broad Dividend Achievers™ Index and a Dividend Champion. The company's peer group includes IberiaBank Corp. (NASDAQ:IBKC) with a 2.7% yield, Hancock Holding Co. (NASDAQ:HBHC) with a 2.9% yield, and Capital City Bank Group Inc. (NASDAQ:CCBG) with a 0.0% yield.

Conclusion: CTBI did not earn any Stars in the Fair Value section, earned three Stars in the Dividend Analytical Data section, and earned one Star in the Dividend Income vs. MMA section for a total of four Stars. This quantitatively ranks CTBI as a 4-Star Strong stock.

Using my D4L-PreScreen.xls model, I determined the share price would need to increase to $33.46 before CTBI's NPV MMA Differential decreased to the $500 minimum that I look for in a stock with 32 years of consecutive dividend increases. At that price the stock would yield 3.7%.

Resetting the D4L-PreScreen.xls model and solving for the dividend growth rate needed to generate the target $500 NPV MMA Differential, the calculated rate is 1.4%. This dividend growth rate is slightly lower than the 1.6% used in this analysis, thus providing virtually no margin of safety. CTBI has a risk rating of 1.00, which classifies it as a low-risk stock.

CTBI is a stock I watched for some time before buying. The company has strong financials with a free cash flow payout of 43% and a debt to total capital of 42%. I will continue to add to my position when the stock is trading below my fair value price of $31.96 and as my allocation allows.

Disclosure: At the time of this writing, I was long CTBI (2.4% of my Dividend Growth Portfolio). See a list of all my dividend growth holdings here.

Disclaimer: Material presented here is for informational purposes only. The above quantitative stock analysis, including the Star rating, is mechanically calculated and is based on historical information. The analysis assumes the stock will perform in the future as it has in the past. This is generally never true. Before buying or selling any stock you should do your own research and reach your own conclusion. See my full disclaimer for more information.