Readers hoping to buy Cadence Bancorporation (NYSE:CADE) for its dividend will need to make their move shortly, as the stock is about to trade ex-dividend. You will need to purchase shares before the 30th of July to receive the dividend, which will be paid on the 7th of August.
Cadence Bancorporation's next dividend payment will be US$0.05 per share. Last year, in total, the company distributed US$0.20 to shareholders. Last year's total dividend payments show that Cadence Bancorporation has a trailing yield of 2.4% on the current share price of $8.34. 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! That's why we should always check whether the dividend payments appear sustainable, and if the company is growing.
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. Cadence Bancorporation reported a loss last year, so it's not great to see that it has continued paying a dividend.
Have Earnings And Dividends Been Growing?
Companies with falling earnings are riskier for dividend shareholders. If business enters a downturn and the dividend is cut, the company could see its value fall precipitously. Cadence Bancorporation reported a loss last year, and the general trend suggests its earnings have also been declining in recent years, making us wonder if the dividend is at risk.
Many investors will assess a company's dividend performance by evaluating how much the dividend payments have changed over time. Cadence Bancorporation's dividend payments per share have declined at 37% per year on average over the past two years, which is uninspiring. It's never nice to see earnings and dividends falling, but at least management has cut the dividend rather than potentially risk the company's health in an attempt to maintain it.
We update our analysis on Cadence Bancorporation every 24 hours, so you can always get the latest insights on its financial health, here.
Is Cadence Bancorporation an attractive dividend stock, or better left on the shelf? It's definitely not great to see that it paid a dividend despite reporting a loss last year. Worse, the general trend in its earnings looks negative in recent times. All things considered, we're not optimistic about its dividend prospects, and would be inclined to leave it on the shelf for now.
Having said that, if you're looking at this stock without much concern for the dividend, you should still be familiar of the risks involved with Cadence Bancorporation. For example - Cadence Bancorporation has 2 warning signs we think you should be aware of.
If you're in the market for dividend stocks, we recommend checking our list of top dividend stocks with a greater than 2% yield and an upcoming dividend.
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