Readers hoping to buy Flushing Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:FFIC) for its dividend will need to make their move shortly, as the stock is about to trade ex-dividend. The ex-dividend date is usually set to be one business day before the record date which is the cut-off date on which you must be present on the company's books as a shareholder in order to receive the dividend. The ex-dividend date is important because any transaction on a stock needs to have been settled before the record date in order to be eligible for a dividend. Accordingly, Flushing Financial investors that purchase the stock on or after the 8th of December will not receive the dividend, which will be paid on the 23rd of December.
The company's next dividend payment will be US$0.22 per share, and in the last 12 months, the company paid a total of US$0.88 per share. Based on the last year's worth of payments, Flushing Financial stock has a trailing yield of around 4.3% on the current share price of $20.6. If you buy this business for its dividend, you should have an idea of whether Flushing Financial's dividend is reliable and sustainable. We need to see whether the dividend is covered by earnings and if it's growing.
If a company pays out more in dividends than it earned, then the dividend might become unsustainable - hardly an ideal situation. Fortunately Flushing Financial's payout ratio is modest, at just 32% of profit.
Generally speaking, the lower a company's payout ratios, the more resilient its dividend usually is.
Have Earnings And Dividends Been Growing?
Stocks in companies that generate sustainable earnings growth often make the best dividend prospects, as it is easier to lift the dividend when earnings are rising. If earnings fall far enough, the company could be forced to cut its dividend. With that in mind, we're encouraged by the steady growth at Flushing Financial, with earnings per share up 4.9% on average over the last five years.
Another key way to measure a company's dividend prospects is by measuring its historical rate of dividend growth. Flushing Financial has delivered an average of 5.4% per year annual increase in its dividend, based on the past 10 years of dividend payments. It's encouraging to see the company lifting dividends while earnings are growing, suggesting at least some corporate interest in rewarding shareholders.
Should investors buy Flushing Financial for the upcoming dividend? It has been growing its earnings per share somewhat in recent years, although it reinvests more than half its earnings in the business, which could suggest there are some growth projects that have not yet reached fruition. In summary, Flushing Financial appears to have some promise as a dividend stock, and we'd suggest taking a closer look at it.
On that note, you'll want to research what risks Flushing Financial is facing. Case in point: We've spotted 1 warning sign for Flushing Financial you should be aware of.
If you're in the market for strong dividend payers, we recommend checking our selection of top dividend stocks.
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