Should You Buy Franklin Financial Services Corporation (NASDAQ:FRAF) For Its Upcoming Dividend?
Readers hoping to buy Franklin Financial Services Corporation (NASDAQ:FRAF) for its dividend will need to make their move shortly, as the stock is about to trade ex-dividend. Typically, the ex-dividend date is one business day before the record date which is the date on which a company determines the shareholders eligible to receive a dividend. The ex-dividend date is of consequence because whenever a stock is bought or sold, the trade takes at least two business day to settle. Therefore, if you purchase Franklin Financial Services' shares on or after the 5th of May, you won't be eligible to receive the dividend, when it is paid on the 25th of May.
The company's next dividend payment will be US$0.32 per share, on the back of last year when the company paid a total of US$1.28 to shareholders. Looking at the last 12 months of distributions, Franklin Financial Services has a trailing yield of approximately 3.9% on its current stock price of $32.42. Dividends are a major contributor to investment returns for long term holders, but only if the dividend continues to be paid. So we need to investigate whether Franklin Financial Services can afford its dividend, and if the dividend could grow.
Check out our latest analysis for Franklin Financial Services
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. That's why it's good to see Franklin Financial Services paying out a modest 32% of its earnings.
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 Franklin Financial Services paid out over the last 12 months.
Have Earnings And Dividends Been Growing?
Businesses with strong growth prospects usually make the best dividend payers, because it's easier to grow dividends when earnings per share are improving. Investors love dividends, so if earnings fall and the dividend is reduced, expect a stock to be sold off heavily at the same time. For this reason, we're glad to see Franklin Financial Services's earnings per share have risen 16% per annum over the last five years.
The main way most investors will assess a company's dividend prospects is by checking the historical rate of dividend growth. Franklin Financial Services has delivered an average of 1.7% per year annual increase in its dividend, based on the past 10 years of dividend payments. It's good to see both earnings and the dividend have improved - although the former has been rising much quicker than the latter, possibly due to the company reinvesting more of its profits in growth.
From a dividend perspective, should investors buy or avoid Franklin Financial Services? Companies like Franklin Financial Services that are growing rapidly and paying out a low fraction of earnings, are usually reinvesting heavily in their business. This is one of the most attractive investment combinations under this analysis, as it can create substantial value for investors over the long run. Overall, Franklin Financial Services looks like a promising dividend stock in this analysis, and we think it would be worth investigating further.
While it's tempting to invest in Franklin Financial Services for the dividends alone, you should always be mindful of the risks involved. Case in point: We've spotted 1 warning sign for Franklin Financial Services you should be aware of.
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