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First Bancshares Inc (FBMS) Will Trade Ex-Div on 11/7/11

By Dividend Channel Staff, Thursday, November 3, 10:02 AM ET
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On 11/7/11, First Bancshares Inc (NASDAQ:FBMS) will trade ex-dividend, for its quarterly dividend of $0.0375, payable on 11/25/11. As a percentage of FBMS's recent stock price of $8.00, this dividend works out to approximately 0.47%.

Below is a dividend history chart for FBMS, showing historical dividends prior to the most recent $0.0375 declared by First Bancshares Inc:

FBMS Dividend History
Date Div*
08/10/11 0.038
05/10/11 0.038
02/09/11 0.038
09/21/10 0.025
08/11/10 0.025
05/11/10 0.025
02/09/10 0.075
07/30/08 0.075
05/01/08 0.075
01/30/08 0.075
11/06/07 0.075
08/06/07 0.075
04/27/07 0.075
02/01/07 0.300
01/26/06 0.160
03/09/05 0.050
* Data may be adjusted for splits; we are not responsible for data errors; always verify data with the company.

In general, dividends are not always predictable; but looking at the history above can help in judging whether the most recent dividend from FBMS is likely to continue, and whether the current estimated yield of 1.88% on annualized basis is a reasonable expectation of annual yield going forward.

FBMS operates in the Banking & Savings sector, among companies like Toronto Dominion Bank (NYSE:TD) which is up about 0.6% today, and Bank of America Corp. (NYSE:BAC) trading up by about 2.4%. Below is a three month price history chart comparing the stock performance of FBMS, versus TD and BAC.

FBMS,TD,BAC Relative Performance Chart

In Thursday trading, First Bancshares Inc shares are currently trading flat on the day.


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