It looks like International Bancshares Corporation (NASDAQ:IBOC) is about to go ex-dividend in the next 4 days. This means that investors who purchase shares on or after the 31st of March will not receive the dividend, which will be paid on the 17th of April.
International Bancshares's upcoming dividend is US$0.55 a share, following on from the last 12 months, when the company distributed a total of US$1.10 per share to shareholders. Calculating the last year's worth of payments shows that International Bancshares has a trailing yield of 4.5% on the current share price of $24.37. We love seeing companies pay a dividend, but it's also important to be sure that laying the golden eggs isn't going to kill our golden goose! So we need to check whether the dividend payments are covered, and if earnings are growing.
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. Fortunately International Bancshares's payout ratio is modest, at just 34% 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.
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 business enters a downturn and the dividend is cut, the company could see its value fall precipitously. With that in mind, we're encouraged by the steady growth at International Bancshares, with earnings per share up 6.5% on average over the last five years.
The main way most investors will assess a company's dividend prospects is by checking the historical rate of dividend growth. In the past ten years, International Bancshares has increased its dividend at approximately 12% a year on average. We're glad to see dividends rising alongside earnings over a number of years, which may be a sign the company intends to share the growth with shareholders.
To Sum It Up
From a dividend perspective, should investors buy or avoid International Bancshares? It has been growing its earnings per share somewhat in recent years, although it reinvests more than half its earnings in the business, which could suggest there are some growth projects that have not yet reached fruition. In summary, International Bancshares appears to have some promise as a dividend stock, and we'd suggest taking a closer look at it.
So while International Bancshares looks good from a dividend perspective, it's always worthwhile being up to date with the risks involved in this stock. Our analysis shows 1 warning sign for International Bancshares and you should be aware of this before buying any shares.
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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