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Chemung Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:CHMG): Dividend Is Coming In 3 Days, Should You Buy?

Ajay Mannan

Shares of Chemung Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:CHMG) will begin trading ex-dividend in 3 days. To qualify for the dividend check of $0.26 per share, investors must have owned the shares prior to 16 March 2018, which is the last day the company’s management will finalize their list of shareholders to which they will send dividend payments. What does this mean for current shareholders and potential investors? Below, I will explain how holding Chemung Financial can impact your portfolio income stream, by analysing the stock’s most recent financial data and dividend attributes. View our latest analysis for Chemung Financial

5 checks you should do on a dividend stock

Whenever I am looking at a potential dividend stock investment, I always check these five metrics:

  • Is it paying an annual yield above 75% of dividend payers?
  • Has its dividend been stable over the past (i.e. no missed payments or significant payout cuts)?
  • Has it increased its dividend per share amount over the past?
  • Can it afford to pay the current rate of dividends from its earnings?
  • Based on future earnings growth, will it be able to continue to payout dividend at the current rate?
NasdaqGS:CHMG Historical Dividend Yield Mar 12th 18

How well does Chemung Financial fit our criteria?

The current trailing twelve-month payout ratio for the stock is 67.19%, meaning the dividend is sufficiently covered by earnings. Furthermore, analysts have not forecasted a dividends per share for the future, which makes it hard to determine the yield shareholders should expect, and whether the current payout is sustainable, moving forward. If there is one thing that you want to be reliable in your life, it’s dividend stocks and their constant income stream. CHMG has increased its DPS from $1 to $1.04 in the past 10 years. During this period it has not missed a payment, as one would expect for a company increasing its dividend. These are all positive signs of a great, reliable dividend stock. Compared to its peers, Chemung Financial has a yield of 2.42%, which is on the low-side for Banks stocks.

Next Steps:

Considering the dividend attributes we analyzed above, Chemung Financial is definitely worth keeping an eye on for someone looking to build a dedicated income portfolio. Given that this is purely a dividend analysis, I recommend taking sufficient time to understand its core business and determine whether the company and its investment properties suit your overall goals. I’ve put together three fundamental aspects you should look at:

  1. Valuation: What is CHMG worth today? Even if the stock is a cash cow, it’s not worth an infinite price. The intrinsic value infographic in our free research report helps visualize whether CHMG is currently mispriced by the market.
  2. Management Team: An experienced management team on the helm increases our confidence in the business – take a look at who sits on Chemung Financial’s board and the CEO’s back ground.
  3. Other Dividend Rockstars: Are there better dividend payers with stronger fundamentals out there? Check out our free list of these great stocks here.


To help readers see pass the short term volatility of the financial market, we aim to bring you a long-term focused research analysis purely driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis does not factor in the latest price sensitive company announcements.

The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned.