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Income Investors Should Know That Cass Information Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CASS) Goes Ex-Dividend Soon

Simply Wall St
·4 mins read

Cass Information Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CASS) stock is about to trade ex-dividend in four days. You can purchase shares before the 3rd of September in order to receive the dividend, which the company will pay on the 15th of September.

Cass Information Systems's next dividend payment will be US$0.27 per share, on the back of last year when the company paid a total of US$1.08 to shareholders. Looking at the last 12 months of distributions, Cass Information Systems has a trailing yield of approximately 2.7% on its current stock price of $39.96. If you buy this business for its dividend, you should have an idea of whether Cass Information Systems's dividend is reliable and sustainable. As a result, readers should always check whether Cass Information Systems has been able to grow its dividends, or if the dividend might be cut.

See our latest analysis for Cass Information Systems

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. Cass Information Systems is paying out an acceptable 56% of its profit, a common payout level among most companies. A useful secondary check can be to evaluate whether Cass Information Systems generated enough free cash flow to afford its dividend. It distributed 34% of its free cash flow as dividends, a comfortable payout level for most companies.

It's positive to see that Cass Information Systems's dividend is covered by both profits and cash flow, since this is generally a sign that the dividend is sustainable, and a lower payout ratio usually suggests a greater margin of safety before the dividend gets cut.

Click here to see how much of its profit Cass Information Systems paid out over the last 12 months.

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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. Investors love dividends, so if earnings fall and the dividend is reduced, expect a stock to be sold off heavily at the same time. With that in mind, we're encouraged by the steady growth at Cass Information Systems, with earnings per share up 3.8% on average over the last five years. Earnings per share growth has been slim, and the company is already paying out a majority of its earnings. While there is some room to both increase the payout ratio and reinvest in the business, generally the higher a payout ratio goes, the lower a company's prospects for future growth.

Another key way to measure a company's dividend prospects is by measuring its historical rate of dividend growth. Since the start of our data, 10 years ago, Cass Information Systems has lifted its dividend by approximately 12% 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

Should investors buy Cass Information Systems for the upcoming dividend? While earnings per share growth has been modest, Cass Information Systems's dividend payouts are around an average level; without a sharp change in earnings we feel that the dividend is likely somewhat sustainable. Pleasingly the company paid out a conservatively low percentage of its free cash flow. Overall we're not hugely bearish on the stock, but there are likely better dividend investments out there.

Want to learn more about Cass Information Systems's dividend performance? Check out this visualisation of its historical revenue and earnings growth.

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.

This article by Simply Wall St is general in nature. It does not constitute a recommendation to buy or sell any stock, and does not take account of your objectives, or your financial situation. We aim to bring you long-term focused analysis driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis may not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements or qualitative material. Simply Wall St has no position in any stocks mentioned.

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