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Independent Bank Corp. (INDB) Passes Through 3% Yield Mark

By Dividend Channel Staff, Monday, November 7, 3:30 PM ET
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In trading on Monday, shares of Independent Bank Corp. (NASDAQ:INDB) were yielding above the 3% mark based on its quarterly dividend (annualized to $0.76), with the stock changing hands as low as $25.21 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. Independent Bank Corp. (NASDAQ:INDB) 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 Independent Bank Corp. , looking at the history chart for INDB 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.

INDB Dividend History
Date Div*
09/22/11 0.190
06/23/11 0.190
03/24/11 0.190
12/22/10 0.180
09/23/10 0.180
06/24/10 0.180
03/25/10 0.180
12/23/09 0.180
09/24/09 0.180
06/25/09 0.180
03/26/09 0.180
12/24/08 0.180
09/25/08 0.180
06/26/08 0.180
03/27/08 0.180
12/20/07 0.170
09/21/07 0.170
06/22/07 0.170
03/22/07 0.170
12/21/06 0.160
09/26/06 0.160
06/22/06 0.160
03/23/06 0.160
12/21/05 0.150
09/22/05 0.150
06/23/05 0.150
03/22/05 0.150
12/29/04 0.140
09/22/04 0.140
06/23/04 0.140
03/24/04 0.140
12/23/03 0.130
09/24/03 0.130
06/25/03 0.130
03/26/03 0.130
12/24/02 0.120
09/25/02 0.120
06/26/02 0.120
03/26/02 0.120
12/26/01 0.110
09/26/01 0.110
06/27/01 0.110
03/28/01 0.110
12/27/00 0.100
09/27/00 0.100
06/28/00 0.100
03/29/00 0.100
12/29/99 0.100
09/22/99 0.100
06/23/99 0.100
03/24/99 0.100
12/22/98 0.100
09/23/98 0.100
06/24/98 0.100
03/25/98 0.100
12/23/97 0.090
09/24/97 0.090
06/25/97 0.080
03/25/97 0.080
12/24/96 0.070
09/25/96 0.060
06/26/96 0.060
03/27/96 0.060
12/27/95 0.050
09/27/95 0.050
* Data may be adjusted for splits; we are not responsible for data errors; always verify data with the company.

INDB operates in the Banking & Savings sector, among companies like Toronto Dominion Bank (NYSE:TD) which is up about 0.7% today, and Royal Bank of Canada (NYSE:RY) trading higher by about 0.2%. Below is a three month price history chart comparing the stock performance of INDB, versus TD and RY.

INDB,TD,RY Relative Performance Chart


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