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Just Four Days Till Elmira Savings Bank (NASDAQ:ESBK) Will Be Trading Ex-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 Elmira Savings Bank (NASDAQ:ESBK) is about to go ex-dividend in just four days. You will need to purchase shares before the 3rd of December to receive the dividend, which will be paid on the 11th of December.

Elmira Savings Bank's next dividend payment will be US$0.15 per share, on the back of last year when the company paid a total of US$0.60 to shareholders. Last year's total dividend payments show that Elmira Savings Bank has a trailing yield of 5.2% on the current share price of $11.53. Dividends are an important source of income to many shareholders, but the health of the business is crucial to maintaining those dividends. So we need to check whether the dividend payments are covered, and if earnings are growing.

Check out our latest analysis for Elmira Savings Bank

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. Elmira Savings Bank is paying out an acceptable 70% of its profit, a common payout level among most companies.

Generally speaking, the lower a company's payout ratios, the more resilient its dividend usually is.

Click here to see how much of its profit Elmira Savings Bank paid out over the last 12 months.

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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 fall far enough, the company could be forced to cut its dividend. This is why it's a relief to see Elmira Savings Bank earnings per share are up 2.0% per annum 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. Elmira Savings Bank's dividend payments are broadly unchanged compared to where they were 10 years ago.

Final Takeaway

Should investors buy Elmira Savings Bank for the upcoming dividend? Earnings per share have been growing at a reasonable rate, and the company is paying out a bit over half its earnings as dividends. It doesn't appear an outstanding opportunity, but could be worth a closer look.

However if you're still interested in Elmira Savings Bank as a potential investment, you should definitely consider some of the risks involved with Elmira Savings Bank. For example - Elmira Savings Bank has 1 warning sign we think you should be aware of.

We wouldn't recommend just buying the first dividend stock you see, though. Here's a list of interesting 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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