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Should You Buy Bank of the James Financial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:BOTJ) For Its Upcoming Dividend In 4 Days?

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Bank of the James Financial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:BOTJ) is about to trade ex-dividend in the next 4 days. If you purchase the stock on or after the 5th of September, you won't be eligible to receive this dividend, when it is paid on the 20th of September.

Bank of the James Financial Group's next dividend payment will be US$0.06 per share, and in the last 12 months, the company paid a total of US$0.24 per share. Looking at the last 12 months of distributions, Bank of the James Financial Group has a trailing yield of approximately 1.7% on its current stock price of $14.4218. Dividends are an important source of income to many shareholders, but the health of the business is crucial to maintaining those dividends. As a result, readers should always check whether Bank of the James Financial Group has been able to grow its dividends, or if the dividend might be cut.

Check out our latest analysis for Bank of the James Financial Group

Dividends are typically paid out of company income, so if a company pays out more than it earned, its dividend is usually at a higher risk of being cut. Bank of the James Financial Group has a low and conservative payout ratio of just 19% of its income after tax.

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 Bank of the James Financial Group paid out over the last 12 months.

NasdaqCM:BOTJ Historical Dividend Yield, August 31st 2019

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 business enters a downturn and the dividend is cut, the company could see its value fall precipitously. This is why it's a relief to see Bank of the James Financial Group earnings per share are up 6.6% 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. Bank of the James Financial Group has delivered an average of 3.7% per year annual increase in its dividend, based on the past 5 years of dividend payments. It's encouraging to see the company lifting dividends while earnings are growing, suggesting at least some corporate interest in rewarding shareholders.

To Sum It Up

Has Bank of the James Financial Group got what it takes to maintain its dividend payments? It has been growing its earnings per share somewhat in recent years, although it reinvests more than half its earnings in the business, which could suggest there are some growth projects that have not yet reached fruition. Bank of the James Financial Group ticks a lot of boxes for us from a dividend perspective, and we think these characteristics should mark the company as deserving of further attention.

Want to learn more about Bank of the James Financial Group's dividend performance? Check out this visualisation of its historical revenue and earnings growth.

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