$753 million profit hit: Is the Westpac share price a dividend trap?

The Westpac Banking Corp (ASX: WBC) share price could come under pressure tomorrow after Australia’s second largest lender flagged it will take a total $753 million profit hit for the six-month period to March 31 2019 due to provisions arising from regulatory problems, restructuring, and customer refunds, among other issues.

The bank is scheduled to hand in its profit report on May 6 and will hope that this list of provisions will allow it to draw a line under a turbulent past year that has covered the wide fallout from the Royal Commission and the bank’s attempt to remodel the BT Investment Management business to be more sound in terms of compliance.

For investors the growing headwinds now look increasingly likely to mean that Westpac’s sacred dividend will come under pressure, with it paying out $1.88 per share over the past year.

This places it on a trailing yield of 6.8% plus full franking credits. An uncommonly high dividend yield on a blue-chip share is usually a sign that professional investors expect a dividend cut and can make a stock a dividend trap for your average ‘mum and dad’ investor.

BUY THESE 3 DIVIDEND SHARES – free report now available!

The Motley Fool Australia just hand-picked 3 top dividend shares for 2019... and for a brief time, you’re invited to access this valuable research for FREE.

To discover our favourite 3 dividend buys to potentially profit in the next 12 months, simply click here or the link below right now. You’ll receive all 3 names... codes... and every detail you need to decide to invest in these shares today.

If you’re looking for that magical combination of growth potential and fully franked dividends, then look no further. But if you wait, you could miss out! This report is available for a limited time only, so please, don’t delay. Click the link below to scoop up your access now.


Motley Fool contributor Tom Richardson has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool Australia has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy. This article contains general investment advice only (under AFSL 400691). Authorised by Scott Phillips.

5 ASX Stocks for Building Wealth After 50

I just read that Warren Buffett, the world’s best investor, made over 99% of his massive fortune after his 50th birthday.

It just goes to show you… it’s never too late to start securing your financial future.

And Motley Fool Chief Investment Advisor Scott Phillips just released a brand-new report that reveals five of our favourite ASX stocks for building wealth after 50.

– Each company boasts strong growth prospects over the next 3 to 5 years…

– Most importantly each pays a generous dividend, fully franked.

Simply click here to find out how you can claim your FREE copy of “5 ASX Stocks for Building Wealth After 50.”

See the stocks now