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American National Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ANAT) Looks Interesting, And It's About To Pay A Dividend

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It looks like American National Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ANAT) is about to go ex-dividend in the next 3 days. You can purchase shares before the 5th of March in order to receive the dividend, which the company will pay on the 19th of March.

American National Group's upcoming dividend is US$0.82 a share, following on from the last 12 months, when the company distributed a total of US$3.28 per share to shareholders. Based on the last year's worth of payments, American National Group stock has a trailing yield of around 3.6% on the current share price of $90.02. We love seeing companies pay a dividend, but it's also important to be sure that laying the golden eggs isn't going to kill our golden goose! So we need to check whether the dividend payments are covered, and if earnings are growing.

See our latest analysis for American National Group

Dividends are typically paid from company earnings. If a company pays more in dividends than it earned in profit, then the dividend could be unsustainable. That's why it's good to see American National Group paying out a modest 27% of its earnings.

Companies that pay out less in dividends than they earn in profits generally have more sustainable dividends. The lower the payout ratio, the more wiggle room the business has before it could be forced to cut the dividend.

Click here to see how much of its profit American National Group paid out over the last 12 months.

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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. This is why it's a relief to see American National Group earnings per share are up 6.2% per annum over the last five years.

Many investors will assess a company's dividend performance by evaluating how much the dividend payments have changed over time. In the last 10 years, American National Group has lifted its dividend by approximately 0.6% a year on average.

To Sum It Up

Is American National Group an attractive dividend stock, or better left on the shelf? American National Group has seen its earnings per share grow slowly in recent years, and the company reinvests more than half of its profits in the business, which generally bodes well for its future prospects. We think this is a pretty attractive combination, and would be interested in investigating American National Group more closely.

Curious about whether American National Group has been able to consistently generate growth? Here's a chart of its historical revenue and earnings growth.

We wouldn't recommend just buying the first dividend stock you see, though. Here's a list of interesting dividend stocks with a greater than 2% yield and an upcoming dividend.

This article by Simply Wall St is general in nature. It does not constitute a recommendation to buy or sell any stock, and does not take account of your objectives, or your financial situation. We aim to bring you long-term focused analysis driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis may not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements or qualitative material. Simply Wall St has no position in any stocks mentioned.

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