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Capitol Federal Financial (NASDAQ:CFFN) Has Announced That It Will Be Increasing Its Dividend To $0.28

Capitol Federal Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ:CFFN) will increase its dividend from last year's comparable payment on the 2nd of December to $0.28. This takes the annual payment to 7.8% of the current stock price, which is about average for the industry.

Check out our latest analysis for Capitol Federal Financial

Capitol Federal Financial Will Pay Out More Than It Is Earning

Solid dividend yields are great, but they only really help us if the payment is sustainable.

Having distributed dividends for at least 10 years, Capitol Federal Financial has a long history of paying out a part of its earnings to shareholders. Taking data from its last earnings report, calculating for the company's payout ratio shows 55%, which means that Capitol Federal Financial would be able to pay its last dividend without pressure on the balance sheet.

EPS is set to fall by 28.0% over the next 3 years. And estimates from analysts put the future payout ratio at 115% over the same time horizon, which is definitely a bit high to be sustainable going forward.


Dividend Volatility

The company has a long dividend track record, but it doesn't look great with cuts in the past. Since 2012, the annual payment back then was $0.40, compared to the most recent full-year payment of $0.62. This works out to be a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of approximately 4.5% a year over that time. We're glad to see the dividend has risen, but with a limited rate of growth and fluctuations in the payments the total shareholder return may be limited.

Dividend Growth May Be Hard To Achieve

With a relatively unstable dividend, it's even more important to see if earnings per share is growing. Capitol Federal Financial hasn't seen much change in its earnings per share over the last five years.

The Dividend Could Prove To Be Unreliable

In summary, while it's always good to see the dividend being raised, we don't think Capitol Federal Financial's payments are rock solid. The company hasn't been paying a very consistent dividend over time, despite only paying out a small portion of earnings. Overall, we don't think this company has the makings of a good income stock.

Companies possessing a stable dividend policy will likely enjoy greater investor interest than those suffering from a more inconsistent approach. Still, investors need to consider a host of other factors, apart from dividend payments, when analysing a company. For example, we've identified 2 warning signs for Capitol Federal Financial (1 is concerning!) that you should be aware of before investing. If you are a dividend investor, you might also want to look at our curated list of high yield dividend stocks.

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