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Ames National Corporation (NASDAQ:ATLO): Ex-Dividend Is In 3 Days, Should You Buy?

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Ingrid Hart
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Investors who want to cash in on Ames National Corporation’s (NASDAQ:ATLO) upcoming dividend of $0.48 per share have only 3 days left to buy the shares before its ex-dividend date, 30 April 2018, in time for dividends payable on the 15 May 2018. Investors looking for higher income-generating stocks to add to their portfolio should keep reading, as I take a deeper dive into Ames National’s latest financial data to analyse its dividend attributes. View our latest analysis for Ames National

5 checks you should use to assess a dividend stock

When assessing a stock as a potential addition to my dividend Portfolio, I look at these five areas:

  • Is it the top 25% annual dividend yield payer?

  • Has it paid dividend every year without dramatically reducing payout in the past?

  • Has the amount of dividend per share grown over the past?

  • Can it afford to pay the current rate of dividends from its earnings?

  • Will it be able to continue to payout at the current rate in the future?

NasdaqCM:ATLO Historical Dividend Yield Apr 26th 18
NasdaqCM:ATLO Historical Dividend Yield Apr 26th 18

Does Ames National pass our checks?

Ames National has a trailing twelve-month payout ratio of 58.88%, which means that the dividend is covered by earnings. Furthermore, analysts have not forecasted a dividends per share for the future, which makes it hard to determine the yield shareholders should expect, and whether the current payout is sustainable, moving forward. Reliablity is an important factor for dividend stocks, particularly for income investors who want a strong track record of payment and a positive outlook for future payout. ATLO investors will be well aware there has not been any increase in the dividend payments over the last 10 years, although the payments have at least been steady. However, income investors that value stability over growth may still find ATLO appealing. Compared to its peers, Ames National generates a yield of 3.19%, which is on the low-side for Banks stocks.

Next Steps:

If you are building an income portfolio, then Ames National is a complicated choice since it has some positive aspects as well as negative ones. But if you are not exclusively a dividend investor, the stock could still be an interesting investment opportunity. Given that this is purely a dividend analysis, you should always research extensively before deciding whether or not a stock is an appropriate investment for you. I always recommend analysing the company’s fundamentals and underlying business before making an investment decision. Below, I’ve compiled three relevant aspects you should further research:

  1. Valuation: What is ATLO worth today? Even if the stock is a cash cow, it’s not worth an infinite price. The intrinsic value infographic in our free research report helps visualize whether ATLO is currently mispriced by the market.

  2. Management Team: An experienced management team on the helm increases our confidence in the business – take a look at who sits on Ames National’s board and the CEO’s back ground.

  3. Dividend Rockstars: Are there better dividend payers with stronger fundamentals out there? Check out our free list of these great stocks here.

To help readers see pass the short term volatility of the financial market, we aim to bring you a long-term focused research analysis purely driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis does not factor in the latest price sensitive company announcements.

The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned.