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FBNC Breaks Above 3% Yield Territory

By Dividend Channel Staff, Wednesday, October 5, 3:07 PM ET
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In trading on Wednesday, shares of First Bancorp (NASDAQ:FBNC) were yielding above the 3% mark based on its quarterly dividend (annualized to $0.32), with the stock changing hands as low as $10.40 on the day. Dividends are particularly important for investors to consider, because historically speaking dividends have provided a considerable share of the stock market's total return. To illustrate, suppose for example you purchased shares of the iShares Russell 3000 ETF (IWV) back on 5/31/2000 you would have paid $78.27 per share. Fast forward to 5/31/2011 and each share was worth $80.78 on that date, a mere $2.51 or 3.2% increase over eleven years. But now consider that you collected a whopping $9.69 per share in dividends over the same period, increasing your return to 20.27%. Even with dividends reinvested, that only amounts to an average annual total return of about 1.7%; so by comparison collecting a yield above 3% would appear considerably attractive if that yield is sustainable. First Bancorp (NASDAQ:FBNC) is a member of the Russell 3000, giving it special status as one of the largest 3000 companies on the U.S. stock markets.

In general, dividend amounts are not always predictable and tend to follow the ups and downs of profitability at each company. In the case of First Bancorp , looking at the history chart for FBNC below can help in judging whether the most recent dividend is likely to continue, and in turn whether it is a reasonable expectation to expect a 3% annual yield.

FBNC Dividend History
Date Div*
09/28/11 0.080
06/28/11 0.080
03/29/11 0.080
12/29/10 0.080
09/28/10 0.080
06/28/10 0.080
03/29/10 0.080
12/29/09 0.080
09/28/09 0.080
06/26/09 0.080
03/27/09 0.080
12/29/08 0.190
09/26/08 0.190
06/26/08 0.190
03/27/08 0.190
12/27/07 0.190
09/26/07 0.190
06/27/07 0.190
03/28/07 0.190
12/27/06 0.190
09/27/06 0.190
06/28/06 0.180
03/29/06 0.180
12/28/05 0.180
09/28/05 0.180
06/28/05 0.170
03/29/05 0.170
12/29/04 0.170
09/28/04 0.167
06/28/04 0.160
03/29/04 0.160
12/29/03 0.160
09/26/03 0.160
06/26/03 0.153
03/27/03 0.153
12/27/02 0.153
10/02/02 0.153
07/02/02 0.147
03/26/02 0.147
12/27/01 0.147
09/26/01 0.147
06/27/01 0.147
03/28/01 0.147
12/27/00 0.147
10/11/00 0.147
06/28/00 0.087
03/29/00 0.087
12/29/99 0.075
09/28/99 0.075
06/28/99 0.076
03/29/99 0.076
12/29/98 0.067
09/28/98 0.067
06/26/98 0.067
03/27/98 0.067
12/29/97 0.058
09/26/97 0.058
06/26/97 0.058
03/26/97 0.058
12/27/96 0.049
09/26/96 0.049
06/27/96 0.049
03/27/96 0.003
12/27/95 0.040
09/27/95 0.040
* Data may be adjusted for splits; we are not responsible for data errors; always verify data with the company.

FBNC operates in the Banking & Savings sector, among companies like Bank of Montreal (NYSE:BMO) which is up about 3% today, and Westpac Banking Corp (NYSE:WBK) trading up by about 2.7%. Below is a three month price history chart comparing the stock performance of FBNC, versus BMO and WBK.

FBNC,BMO,WBK Relative Performance Chart


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