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Greene County Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:GCBC) Passed Our Checks, And It's About To Pay A 0.4% Dividend

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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 Greene County Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:GCBC) is about to go ex-dividend in just 4 days. If you purchase the stock on or after the 14th of August, you won't be eligible to receive this dividend, when it is paid on the 30th of August.

Greene County Bancorp's upcoming dividend is US$0.11 a share, following on from the last 12 months, when the company distributed a total of US$0.44 per share to shareholders. Based on the last year's worth of payments, Greene County Bancorp stock has a trailing yield of around 1.6% on the current share price of $26.75. If you buy this business for its dividend, you should have an idea of whether Greene County Bancorp's dividend is reliable and sustainable. As a result, readers should always check whether Greene County Bancorp has been able to grow its dividends, or if the dividend might be cut.

View our latest analysis for Greene County Bancorp

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. Greene County Bancorp is paying out just 20% of its profit after tax, which is comfortably low and leaves plenty of breathing room in the case of adverse events.

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 how much of its profit Greene County Bancorp paid out over the last 12 months.

NasdaqCM:GCBC Historical Dividend Yield, August 9th 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. That's why it's comforting to see Greene County Bancorp's earnings have been skyrocketing, up 21% per annum for the past five years.

The main way most investors will assess a company's dividend prospects is by checking the historical rate of dividend growth. Since the start of our data, 10 years ago, Greene County Bancorp has lifted its dividend by approximately 2.6% a year on average. Earnings per share have been growing much quicker than dividends, potentially because Greene County Bancorp is keeping back more of its profits to grow the business.

To Sum It Up

Has Greene County Bancorp got what it takes to maintain its dividend payments? When companies are growing rapidly and retaining a majority of the profits within the business, it's usually a sign that reinvesting earnings creates more value than paying dividends to shareholders. This is one of the most attractive investment combinations under this analysis, as it can create substantial value for investors over the long run. In summary, Greene County Bancorp appears to have some promise as a dividend stock, and we'd suggest taking a closer look at it.

Want to learn more about Greene County Bancorp? Here's a visualisation of its historical rate of revenue and earnings growth.

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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