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Atlantic Union Bankshares (NASDAQ:AUB) Is Increasing Its Dividend To US$0.28

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Atlantic Union Bankshares Corporation (NASDAQ:AUB) has announced that it will be increasing its dividend on the 27th of August to US$0.28. This makes the dividend yield 3.0%, which is above the industry average.

View our latest analysis for Atlantic Union Bankshares

Atlantic Union Bankshares' Payment Has Solid Earnings Coverage

While it is great to have a strong dividend yield, we should also consider whether the payment is sustainable. However, Atlantic Union Bankshares' earnings easily cover the dividend. This means that most of what the business earns is being used to help it grow.

Over the next year, EPS is forecast to expand by 21.9%. Assuming the dividend continues along recent trends, we think the payout ratio could be 37% by next year, which is in a pretty sustainable range.

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Atlantic Union Bankshares Has A Solid Track Record

The company has an extended history of paying stable dividends. Since 2011, the dividend has gone from US$0.25 to US$1.12. This means that it has been growing its distributions at 16% per annum over that time. So, dividends have been growing pretty quickly, and even more impressively, they haven't experienced any notable falls during this period.

The Dividend Looks Likely To Grow

The company's investors will be pleased to have been receiving dividend income for some time. It's encouraging to see Atlantic Union Bankshares has been growing its earnings per share at 11% a year over the past five years. Atlantic Union Bankshares definitely has the potential to grow its dividend in the future with earnings on an uptrend and a low payout ratio.

We Really Like Atlantic Union Bankshares' Dividend

Overall, a dividend increase is always good, and we think that Atlantic Union Bankshares is a strong income stock thanks to its track record and growing earnings. Distributions are quite easily covered by earnings, which are also being converted to cash flows. All of these factors considered, we think this has solid potential as a dividend stock.

Companies possessing a stable dividend policy will likely enjoy greater investor interest than those suffering from a more inconsistent approach. However, there are other things to consider for investors when analysing stock performance. Taking the debate a bit further, we've identified 1 warning sign for Atlantic Union Bankshares that investors need to be conscious of moving forward. If you are a dividend investor, you might also want to look at our curated list of high performing dividend stock.

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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