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Cullen/Frost Bankers Inc (NYSE:CFR): What You Have To Know Before Buying For The Upcoming Dividend

Veer Mallick

Shares of Cullen/Frost Bankers Inc (NYSE:CFR) will begin trading ex-dividend in 2 days. To qualify for the dividend check of US$0.67 per share, investors must have owned the shares prior to 30 August 2018, which is the last day the company’s management will finalize their list of shareholders to which they will send dividend payments. Is this future income stream a compelling catalyst for dividend investors to think about the stock as an investment today? Let’s take a look at Cullen/Frost Bankers’s most recent financial data to examine its dividend characteristics in more detail.

View our latest analysis for Cullen/Frost Bankers

5 checks you should use to assess a dividend stock

When researching a dividend stock, I always follow the following screening criteria:

  • Is its annual yield among the top 25% of dividend-paying companies?
  • Has it consistently paid a stable dividend without missing a payment or drastically cutting payout?
  • Has dividend per share amount increased over the past?
  • Can it afford to pay the current rate of dividends from its earnings?
  • Will it have the ability to keep paying its dividends going forward?
NYSE:CFR Historical Dividend Yield August 27th 18

Does Cullen/Frost Bankers pass our checks?

The current trailing twelve-month payout ratio for the stock is 37.8%, which means that the dividend is covered by earnings. Going forward, analysts expect CFR’s payout to remain around the same level at 37.0% of its earnings, which leads to a dividend yield of around 2.4%. In addition to this, EPS should increase to $7.06.

Reliablity is an important factor for dividend stocks, particularly for income investors who want a strong track record of payment and a positive outlook for future payout. In the case of CFR it has increased its DPS from $1.68 to $2.68 in the past 10 years. It has also been paying out dividend consistently during this time, as you’d expect for a company increasing its dividend levels. This is an impressive feat, which makes CFR a true dividend rockstar.

Compared to its peers, Cullen/Frost Bankers has a yield of 2.4%, which is on the low-side for Banks stocks.

Next Steps:

With this in mind, I definitely rank Cullen/Frost Bankers as a strong dividend stock, and makes it worth further research for anyone who likes steady income generation from their portfolio. Given that this is purely a dividend analysis, I urge potential investors to try and get a good understanding of the underlying business and its fundamentals before deciding on an investment. Below, I’ve compiled three important factors you should further examine:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for CFR’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for CFR’s outlook.
  2. Valuation: What is CFR 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 CFR is currently mispriced by the market.
  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 past 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. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com.