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What To Know Before Buying Glacier Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:GBCI) For Its Dividend

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Glacier Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:GBCI) has pleased shareholders over the past 10 years, by paying out dividends. The company currently pays out a dividend yield of 3.1% to shareholders, making it a relatively attractive dividend stock. Does Glacier Bancorp tick all the boxes of a great dividend stock? Below, I’ll take you through my analysis.

Check out our latest analysis for Glacier Bancorp

Here’s how I find good dividend stocks

If you are a dividend investor, you should always assess these five key metrics:

  • Does it pay an annual yield higher than 75% of dividend payers?
  • Has it paid dividend every year without dramatically reducing payout in the past?
  • Has it increased its dividend per share amount over the past?
  • Can it afford to pay the current rate of dividends from its earnings?
  • Will the company be able to keep paying dividend based on the future earnings growth?
NasdaqGS:GBCI Historical Dividend Yield, February 27th 2019

How well does Glacier Bancorp fit our criteria?

The current trailing twelve-month payout ratio for the stock is 46%, meaning the dividend is sufficiently covered by earnings. Going forward, analysts expect GBCI’s payout to remain around the same level at 48% of its earnings. Assuming a constant share price, this equates to a dividend yield of around 2.8%. Moreover, EPS should increase to $2.43.

When thinking about whether a dividend is sustainable, another factor to consider is the cash flow. A company with strong cash flow, relative to earnings, can sometimes sustain a high pay out ratio.

If there’s one type of stock you want to be reliable, it’s dividend stocks and their stable income-generating ability. GBCI has increased its DPS from $0.52 to $1.34 in the past 10 years. During this period it has not missed a payment, as one would expect for a company increasing its dividend. This is an impressive feat, which makes GBCI a true dividend rockstar.

In terms of its peers, Glacier Bancorp has a yield of 3.1%, which is high for Banks stocks but still below the market’s top dividend payers.

Next Steps:

With this in mind, I definitely rank Glacier Bancorp as a strong dividend stock, and makes it worth further research for anyone who likes steady income generation from their portfolio. Given that this is purely a dividend analysis, you should always research extensively before deciding whether or not a stock is an appropriate investment for you. I always recommend analysing the company’s fundamentals and underlying business before making an investment decision. I’ve put together three fundamental factors you should look at:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for GBCI’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for GBCI’s outlook.
  2. Valuation: What is GBCI worth today? Even if the stock is a cash cow, it’s not worth an infinite price. The intrinsic value infographic in our free research report helps visualize whether GBCI is currently mispriced by the market.
  3. Other Dividend Rockstars: Are there better dividend payers with stronger fundamentals out there? Check out our free list of these great stocks here.

We aim to bring you long-term focused research analysis driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis may not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements or qualitative material.

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