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Arrow Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:AROW): Ex-Dividend Is In 2 Days, Should You Buy?

Ray Foley

Attention dividend hunters! Arrow Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:AROW) will be distributing its dividend of US$0.26 per share on the 14 September 2018, and will start trading ex-dividend in 2 days time on the 30 August 2018. Is this future income stream a compelling catalyst for dividend investors to think about the stock as an investment today? Let’s take a look at Arrow Financial’s most recent financial data to examine its dividend characteristics in more detail.

View our latest analysis for Arrow Financial

5 questions to ask before buying a dividend stock

Whenever I am looking at a potential dividend stock investment, I always check these five metrics:

  • Does it pay an annual yield higher than 75% of dividend payers?
  • Has its dividend been stable over the past (i.e. no missed payments or significant payout cuts)?
  • Has the amount of dividend per share grown over the past?
  • Does earnings amply cover its dividend payments?
  • Will the company be able to keep paying dividend based on the future earnings growth?
NasdaqGS:AROW Historical Dividend Yield August 27th 18

Does Arrow Financial pass our checks?

The current trailing twelve-month payout ratio for the stock is 41.0%, meaning the dividend is sufficiently 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.

If dividend is a key criteria in your investment consideration, then you need to make sure the dividend stock you’re eyeing out is reliable in its payments. AROW has increased its DPS from $0.80 to $1.04 in the past 10 years. During this period it has not missed a payment, as one would expect for a company increasing its dividend. This is an impressive feat, which makes AROW a true dividend rockstar.

Compared to its peers, Arrow Financial has a yield of 2.6%, which is on the low-side for Banks stocks.

Next Steps:

Taking into account the dividend metrics, Arrow Financial ticks most of the boxes as a strong dividend investment, putting it in my list of top dividend payers. 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 essential factors you should further research:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for AROW’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for AROW’s outlook.
  2. Valuation: What is AROW 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 AROW is currently mispriced by the market.
  3. Other 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 past 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. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com.