People's Bank is a diversified financial services company
providing consumer and commercial banking services, in addition
to insurance and financial advisory services. The bank is a
leader in supermarket banking, with 65 of its 155 branches
located in Super Stop & Shop stores. Through its subsidiaries,
People's provides brokerage and financial advisory services,
asset management, equipment leasing and financing, and insurance
[Source: Company Press Release]
Reasons to Invest:
This week's Drip of the Week is People's Bank (NASDAQ:PBCT). I
am encouraged by a number of factors surrounding PBCT. Of course
I like their annual dividend of 1.16/share, which is a 3.66
percent annual yield. I also like the technical perspective
provided by their chart. Not to undermine the 18% - or 73.4
million - increase in their first quarter net interest.
On Friday, July 16, 2004 - People's Bank received a new star
analyst ranking, giving them a total of 3 out of 9 top analysts
covering them. These analysts are ranked by StarMine.com, which
boasts having the Best Analyst Researchers on the net - based
upon their own screening methods for each analyst.
On Thursday, July 15, 2004 the company sent out a press release
stating that their second quarter net income was $25.0 million -
or $0.27/share - which calculates out to a 61 percent increase
over last years Q2 earnings of $0.17 per share. In the same
report the Board of Directors had declared a $0.29/share owned
quarterly dividend. The payable date for the dividend is set for
August 15th, 2004 to shareholders on record as of August 1st.
This gives us two weeks to enter the investment and still be
eligible to collect on the dividend. The article went on to
state that People's Mutual Holdings (who owns 54.7 million shares
of PBCT) would accept the quarterly dividend on only 3 percent of
their shares, based on the closing price on July 14th. This
means the PBCT will be saving a pretty penny on this quarterly
dividend, which should help to keep Q3 earnings in-line with
The company also reported that their commercial banking loans
grew by 10 percent, or $284 million. Their average commercial
non-interest-bearing deposits increased by 6 percent, or $51
million. The Consumer Financial Services noted that average home
equity loans increased by a whopping 35 percent, or $223 million.
Their average residential mortgage loans increase by 2 percent,
or $49 million. While these are all positive figures the company
isn't perfect by any means, but their technical trend helps me to
see past their downfalls (more on this in a second).
On April 28th, Automated Financial Systems, Inc (AFS-Exton), was
awarded rights by PBCT to process the Bank's growing commercial
real estate loan portfolio. While this is an extremely nice
contract for AFS to land, PBCT will benefit from the deal just as
much as AFS will. The implementation will not only improve the
efficiency and reduce costs by consolidating portfolios on a
single system, but it will also reduce the operational and
technical support requirements for People's Bank. This means
that PBCT will again be saving dollars by having the loan process
being automated, and cutting back on technical support hours,
which could ultimately help the company meet or beat Q3 earnings.
In regards to dividend growth, People's Bank is forecasting a
7.74 percent increase in dividend over the next year, 8.44
percent over the next three years, and 12.74 percent over the
next five years.
I currently see a low limit for new investment into People's
Bank, which coincides nicely with the fact that the stock has
been trending smoothly through an April 03 regression channel on
the daily chart. Not to mention the fact that the stock has been
setting new all time highs over the past few months. I find it
noteworthy to mention that the stock is currently finding support
at the 22-DMA (30.98), yet on Friday the stock closed just below
this level. This could be the first sign that the recently
overextended stock is ready for some profit taking. Should a few
profit taking sessions occur next week; this could provide a nice
entry for us DRIP investors who are wishing to make our initial
stock purchase a little less expensive.
The weekly chart on PBCT looks very impressive as the chart
continues to ride the simple 10-DMA higher in the channel.
Additionally, the Stochastics indicator has the chart on a strong
buy signal in Neutral territory, meaning that the stock is not
oversold, nor overbought. I also note the 10-DMA over the 20-DMA
on the weekly and monthly chart, which is a strong buy signal.
Now lets hope that these indicators don't lead us astray.
Traders should note that the BIX S&P Banks Index has continued to
stay above its simple moving averages, and is one of the few
indexes that has yet to begin a downward regression channel.
Remember it is vital that you know how certain indexes are doing
before you begin any investment. For instance, you would be
taking a riskier bet to play a stock that looked decent, but
belonged to a sector that was falling apart, than a stock that
looked average, but belonged to a strong performing sector.
This ends another exciting episode of the DripAdvisor.com Drip of
the Week. Stay tuned next week, as we will spotlight another
stock worthy of the DripAdvisor.com limelight.
Until Next Week,
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Phone: (203) 338-7171
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