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MidSouth Bancorp, Inc. (MSL) Passes Through 2% Yield Mark

By Dividend Channel Staff, Thursday, December 15, 3:06 PM ET
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In trading on Thursday, shares of MidSouth Bancorp, Inc. (NYSE:MSL) were yielding above the 2% mark based on its quarterly dividend (annualized to $0.28), with the stock changing hands as low as $13.45 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 2% would appear considerably attractive if that yield is sustainable. MidSouth Bancorp, Inc. (NYSE:MSL) 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 MidSouth Bancorp, Inc., looking at the history chart for MSL 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 2% annual yield.

MSL Dividend History
Date Div*
12/13/11 0.070
09/14/11 0.070
06/14/11 0.070
03/15/11 0.070
12/13/10 0.070
09/14/10 0.070
06/14/10 0.070
03/15/10 0.070
12/14/09 0.070
09/14/09 0.070
06/15/09 0.070
03/16/09 0.070
12/10/08 0.110
09/15/08 0.070
06/12/08 0.070
03/10/08 0.070
12/12/07 0.110
09/12/07 0.067
06/11/07 0.057
03/12/07 0.057
12/12/06 0.086
09/13/06 0.046
06/08/06 0.046
03/10/06 0.046
12/12/05 0.091
09/08/05 0.046
06/08/05 0.042
03/10/05 0.042
12/13/04 0.083
09/09/04 0.033
06/09/04 0.033
03/09/04 0.033
12/10/03 0.089
09/11/03 0.033
06/09/03 0.025
03/10/03 0.025
12/10/02 0.050
09/10/02 0.025
06/10/02 0.025
03/11/02 0.025
12/10/01 0.025
09/10/01 0.025
06/11/01 0.025
03/12/01 0.025
12/13/00 0.025
09/13/00 0.025
06/08/00 0.025
03/07/00 0.025
12/13/99 0.025
09/13/99 0.025
06/17/99 0.025
03/08/99 0.025
12/14/98 0.025
09/14/98 0.025
06/10/98 0.020
03/09/98 0.020
12/12/97 0.020
09/11/97 0.017
08/04/97 0.017
06/09/97 0.018
03/10/97 0.018
12/12/96 0.018
09/18/96 0.018
06/10/96 0.013
* Data may be adjusted for splits; we are not responsible for data errors; always verify data with the company.

MSL operates in the Banking & Savings sector, among companies like BB&T Corp. (NYSE:BBT) which is up about 2.2% today, and Barclays PLC (NYSE:BCS) trading lower by about 0.6%. Below is a three month price history chart comparing the stock performance of MSL, versus BBT and BCS.

MSL,BBT,BCS Relative Performance Chart


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