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Regular readers will know that we love our dividends at Simply Wall St, which is why it's exciting to see Investar Holding Corporation (NASDAQ:ISTR) is about to trade ex-dividend in the next 3 days. If you purchase the stock on or after the 4th of October, you won't be eligible to receive this dividend, when it is paid on the 31st of October.
Investar Holding's next dividend payment will be US$0.06 per share. Last year, in total, the company distributed US$0.2 to shareholders. Last year's total dividend payments show that Investar Holding has a trailing yield of 1.0% on the current share price of $23.61. We love seeing companies pay a dividend, but it's also important to be sure that laying the golden eggs isn't going to kill our golden goose! So we need to investigate whether Investar Holding can afford its dividend, and if the dividend could grow.
Dividends are typically paid from company earnings. If a company pays more in dividends than it earned in profit, then the dividend could be unsustainable. Investar Holding is paying out just 12% of its profit after tax, which is comfortably low and leaves plenty of breathing room in the case of adverse events.
When a company paid out less in dividends than it earned in profit, this generally suggests its dividend is affordable. The lower the % of its profit that it pays out, the greater the margin of safety for the dividend if the business enters a downturn.
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. Fortunately for readers, Investar Holding's earnings per share have been growing at 14% a year for the past five years.
The main way most investors will assess a company's dividend prospects is by checking the historical rate of dividend growth. In the last five years, Investar Holding has lifted its dividend by approximately 55% a year on average. Both per-share earnings and dividends have both been growing rapidly in recent times, which is great to see.
To Sum It Up
Should investors buy Investar Holding for the upcoming dividend? Typically, companies that are growing rapidly and paying out a low fraction of earnings are keeping the profits for reinvestment in the 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. In summary, Investar Holding appears to have some promise as a dividend stock, and we'd suggest taking a closer look at it.
Wondering what the future holds for Investar Holding? See what the four analysts we track are forecasting, with this visualisation of its historical and future estimated earnings and cash flow
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