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Alerus Financial's (NASDAQ:ALRS) Shareholders Will Receive A Bigger Dividend Than Last Year

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The board of Alerus Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:ALRS) has announced that it will be increasing its dividend on the 8th of October to US$0.16. This takes the annual payment to 2.2% of the current stock price, which is about average for the industry.

See our latest analysis for Alerus Financial

Alerus Financial's Payment Has Solid Earnings Coverage

We aren't too impressed by dividend yields unless they can be sustained over time. However, prior to this announcement, Alerus Financial's dividend was comfortably covered by both cash flow and earnings. This means that most of what the business earns is being used to help it grow.

EPS is set to fall by 31.1% over the next 12 months. If the dividend continues along recent trends, we estimate the payout ratio could be 31%, which we consider to be quite comfortable, with most of the company's earnings left over to grow the business in the future.

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Alerus Financial Has A Solid Track Record

The company has an extended history of paying stable dividends. The first annual payment during the last 10 years was US$0.29 in 2011, and the most recent fiscal year payment was US$0.64. This works out to be a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of approximately 8.1% a year over that time. The dividend has been growing very nicely for a number of years, and has given its shareholders some nice income in their portfolios.

The Dividend Looks Likely To Grow

Investors who have held shares in the company for the past few years will be happy with the dividend income they have received. Alerus Financial has seen EPS rising for the last five years, at 23% per annum. Rapid earnings growth and a low payout ratio suggest this company has been effectively reinvesting in its business. Should that continue, this company could have a bright future.

Alerus Financial Looks Like A Great Dividend Stock

In summary, it is always positive to see the dividend being increased, and we are particularly pleased with its overall sustainability. The distributions are easily covered by earnings, and there is plenty of cash being generated as well. However, it is worth noting that the earnings are expected to fall over the next year, which may not change the long term outlook, but could affect the dividend payment in the next 12 months. All in all, this checks a lot of the boxes we look for when choosing an income stock.

Companies possessing a stable dividend policy will likely enjoy greater investor interest than those suffering from a more inconsistent approach. At the same time, there are other factors our readers should be conscious of before pouring capital into a stock. For instance, we've picked out 1 warning sign for Alerus Financial that investors should take into consideration. If you are a dividend investor, you might also want to look at our curated list of high performing dividend stock.

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