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Fidelity National Financial, Inc. (NYSE:FNF) Looks Like A Good Stock, And It's Going Ex-Dividend Soon

Simply Wall St

Some investors rely on dividends for growing their wealth, and if you're one of those dividend sleuths, you might be intrigued to know that Fidelity National Financial, Inc. (NYSE:FNF) is about to go ex-dividend in just 4 days. If you purchase the stock on or after the 13th of September, you won't be eligible to receive this dividend, when it is paid on the 30th of September.

Fidelity National Financial's next dividend payment will be US$0.31 per share, on the back of last year when the company paid a total of US$1.24 to shareholders. Based on the last year's worth of payments, Fidelity National Financial has a trailing yield of 2.8% on the current stock price of $44.58. If you buy this business for its dividend, you should have an idea of whether Fidelity National Financial's dividend is reliable and sustainable. As a result, readers should always check whether Fidelity National Financial has been able to grow its dividends, or if the dividend might be cut.

View our latest analysis for Fidelity National Financial

If a company pays out more in dividends than it earned, then the dividend might become unsustainable - hardly an ideal situation. Fortunately Fidelity National Financial's payout ratio is modest, at just 44% of profit.

When a company paid out less in dividends than it earned in profit, this generally suggests its dividend is affordable. The lower the % of its profit that it pays out, the greater the margin of safety for the dividend if the business enters a downturn.

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

NYSE:FNF Historical Dividend Yield, September 8th 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 earnings decline and the company is forced to cut its dividend, investors could watch the value of their investment go up in smoke. Fortunately for readers, Fidelity National Financial's earnings per share have been growing at 11% a year for the past five years.

Many investors will assess a company's dividend performance by evaluating how much the dividend payments have changed over time. In the last 10 years, Fidelity National Financial has lifted its dividend by approximately 7.5% a year on average. It's encouraging to see the company lifting dividends while earnings are growing, suggesting at least some corporate interest in rewarding shareholders.

Final Takeaway

Has Fidelity National Financial got what it takes to maintain its dividend payments? Typically, companies that are growing rapidly and paying out a low fraction of earnings are keeping the profits for reinvestment in the business. This strategy can add significant value to shareholders over the long term - as long as it's done without issuing too many new shares. Fidelity National Financial 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 Fidelity National Financial? See what the six analysts we track are forecasting, with this visualisation of its historical and future estimated earnings and cash flow

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