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Here's What We Like About Ameriprise Financial, Inc. (NYSE:AMP)'s Upcoming 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 Ameriprise Financial, Inc. (NYSE:AMP) is about to go ex-dividend in just 3 days. You can purchase shares before the 2nd of August in order to receive the dividend, which the company will pay on the 16th of August.

Ameriprise Financial's next dividend payment will be US$0.97 per share. Last year, in total, the company distributed US$3.88 to shareholders. Looking at the last 12 months of distributions, Ameriprise Financial has a trailing yield of approximately 2.6% on its current stock price of $149.93. If you buy this business for its dividend, you should have an idea of whether Ameriprise Financial's dividend is reliable and sustainable. We need to see whether the dividend is covered by earnings and if it's growing.

Check out our latest analysis for Ameriprise Financial

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. Ameriprise Financial paid out a comfortable 25% of its profit last year.

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:AMP Historical Dividend Yield, July 29th 2019

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 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, Ameriprise Financial's earnings per share have been growing at 17% 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. Ameriprise Financial has delivered 19% dividend growth per year on average over the past 10 years. Both per-share earnings and dividends have both been growing rapidly in recent times, which is great to see.

The Bottom Line

Is Ameriprise Financial an attractive dividend stock, or better left on the shelf? 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. Perhaps even more importantly - this can sometimes signal management is focused on the long term future of the business. Ameriprise 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.

Curious what other investors think of Ameriprise Financial? See what analysts are forecasting, with this visualisation of its historical and future estimated earnings and cash flow .

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