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Chemung Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:CHMG)'s Could Be A Buy For Its Upcoming Dividend

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Chemung Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:CHMG) stock is about to trade ex-dividend in 4 days time. You can purchase shares before the 16th of September in order to receive the dividend, which the company will pay on the 1st of October.

Chemung Financial's next dividend payment will be US$0.26 per share, on the back of last year when the company paid a total of US$1.04 to shareholders. Calculating the last year's worth of payments shows that Chemung Financial has a trailing yield of 2.4% on the current share price of $44. If you buy this business for its dividend, you should have an idea of whether Chemung Financial's dividend is reliable and sustainable. So we need to check whether the dividend payments are covered, and if earnings are growing.

Check out our latest analysis for Chemung Financial

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. Chemung Financial has a low and conservative payout ratio of just 23% of its income after tax.

Generally speaking, the lower a company's payout ratios, the more resilient its dividend usually is.

Click here to see the company's payout ratio, plus analyst estimates of its future dividends.

NasdaqGS:CHMG Historical Dividend Yield, September 11th 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. Fortunately for readers, Chemung Financial's earnings per share have been growing at 19% 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. Chemung Financial's dividend payments are effectively flat on where they were ten years ago.

To Sum It Up

Has Chemung Financial got what it takes to maintain its dividend payments? Companies like Chemung Financial that are growing rapidly and paying out a low fraction of earnings, are usually reinvesting heavily in their business. Perhaps even more importantly - this can sometimes signal management is focused on the long term future of the business. Overall, Chemung Financial looks like a promising dividend stock in this analysis, and we think it would be worth investigating further.

Ever wonder what the future holds for Chemung Financial? See what the three analysts we track are forecasting, with this visualisation of its historical and future estimated earnings and cash flow

A common investment mistake is buying the first interesting stock you see. Here you can find a list of promising dividend stocks with a greater than 2% yield and an upcoming dividend.

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