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F.N.B. Corporation (NYSE:FNB) Looks Like A Good Stock, And It's Going Ex-Dividend Soon

Simply Wall St

F.N.B. Corporation (NYSE:FNB) is about to trade ex-dividend in the next 4 days. This means that investors who purchase shares on or after the 4th of March will not receive the dividend, which will be paid on the 15th of March.

F.N.B's upcoming dividend is US$0.12 a share, following on from the last 12 months, when the company distributed a total of US$0.48 per share to shareholders. Based on the last year's worth of payments, F.N.B has a trailing yield of 4.6% on the current stock price of $10.43. If you buy this business for its dividend, you should have an idea of whether F.N.B's dividend is reliable and sustainable. That's why we should always check whether the dividend payments appear sustainable, and if the company is growing.

See our latest analysis for F.N.B

Dividends are typically paid out of company income, so if a company pays out more than it earned, its dividend is usually at a higher risk of being cut. Fortunately F.N.B's payout ratio is modest, at just 41% of profit.

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.

NYSE:FNB Historical Dividend Yield, February 28th 2020

Have Earnings And Dividends Been Growing?

Companies with consistently growing earnings per share generally make the best dividend stocks, as they usually find it easier to grow dividends per share. If business enters a downturn and the dividend is cut, the company could see its value fall precipitously. This is why it's a relief to see F.N.B earnings per share are up 7.6% per annum over the last five years.

Another key way to measure a company's dividend prospects is by measuring its historical rate of dividend growth. F.N.B's dividend payments are effectively flat on where they were ten years ago.

To Sum It Up

Should investors buy F.N.B for the upcoming dividend? F.N.B has seen its earnings per share grow slowly in recent years, and the company reinvests more than half of its profits in the business, which generally bodes well for its future prospects. F.N.B ticks a lot of boxes for us from a dividend perspective, and we think these characteristics should mark the company as deserving of further attention.

Ever wonder what the future holds for F.N.B? See what the nine 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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