Ames National (NASDAQ:ATLO) Has Announced A Dividend Of $0.27

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Ames National Corporation (NASDAQ:ATLO) has announced that it will pay a dividend of $0.27 per share on the 15th of May. The dividend yield will be 5.0% based on this payment which is still above the industry average.

See our latest analysis for Ames National

Ames National's Dividend Forecasted To Be Well Covered By Earnings

Impressive dividend yields are good, but this doesn't matter much if the payments can't be sustained.

Ames National has a long history of paying out dividends, with its current track record at a minimum of 10 years. Based on Ames National's last earnings report, the payout ratio is at a decent 51%, meaning that the company is able to pay out its dividend with a bit of room to spare.

If the trend of the last few years continues, EPS will grow by 7.8% over the next 12 months. Assuming the dividend continues along recent trends, we think the future payout ratio could be 49% by next year, which is in a pretty sustainable range.


Ames National Has A Solid Track Record

The company has a sustained record of paying dividends with very little fluctuation. Since 2013, the annual payment back then was $0.60, compared to the most recent full-year payment of $1.08. This implies that the company grew its distributions at a yearly rate of about 6.1% over that duration. Dividends have grown at a reasonable rate over this period, and without any major cuts in the payment over time, we think this is an attractive combination as it provides a nice boost to shareholder returns.

The Dividend Has Growth Potential

Investors could be attracted to the stock based on the quality of its payment history. Ames National has impressed us by growing EPS at 7.8% per year over the past five years. Shareholders are getting plenty of the earnings returned to them, which combined with strong growth makes this quite appealing.

Ames National Looks Like A Great Dividend Stock

Overall, we think that this is a great income investment, and we think that maintaining the dividend this year may have been a conservative choice. The company is easily earning enough to cover its dividend payments and it is great to see that these earnings are being translated into cash flow. Taking this all into consideration, this looks like it could be a good dividend opportunity.

Investors generally tend to favour companies with a consistent, stable dividend policy as opposed to those operating an irregular one. Still, investors need to consider a host of other factors, apart from dividend payments, when analysing a company. See if management have their own wealth at stake, by checking insider shareholdings in Ames National stock. Looking for more high-yielding dividend ideas? Try our collection of strong dividend payers.

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