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Old National Bancorp's (NASDAQ:ONB) Dividend Will Be US$0.14

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The board of Old National Bancorp (NASDAQ:ONB) has announced that it will pay a dividend of US$0.14 per share on the 15th of March. This makes the dividend yield 3.2%, which will augment investor returns quite nicely.

See our latest analysis for Old National Bancorp

Old National Bancorp Doesn't Earn Enough To Cover Its Payments

While it is great to have a strong dividend yield, we should also consider whether the payment is sustainable. However, Old National Bancorp's earnings easily cover the dividend. This means that most of its earnings are being retained to grow the business.

Over the next year, EPS is forecast to fall by 39.9%. If the dividend continues along recent trends, we estimate the payout ratio could reach 102%, which could put the dividend in jeopardy if the company's earnings don't improve.


Old National Bancorp Has A Solid Track Record

The company has been paying a dividend for a long time, and it has been quite stable which gives us confidence in the future dividend potential. The dividend has gone from US$0.28 in 2012 to the most recent annual payment of US$0.56. This means that it has been growing its distributions at 7.2% per annum over that time. Dividends have grown at a reasonable rate over this period, and without any major cuts in the payment over time, we think this is an attractive combination as it provides a nice boost to shareholder returns.

Old National Bancorp May Find It Hard To Grow The Dividend

Some investors will be chomping at the bit to buy some of the company's stock based on its dividend history. Unfortunately things aren't as good as they seem. Old National Bancorp has seen earnings per share falling at 2.2% per year over the last five years. Declining earnings will inevitably lead to the company paying a lower dividend in line with lower profits.

The company has also been raising capital by issuing stock equal to 79% of shares outstanding in the last 12 months. Regularly doing this can be detrimental - it's hard to grow dividends per share when new shares are regularly being created.

In Summary

Overall, we think Old National Bancorp is a solid choice as a dividend stock, even though the dividend wasn't raised this year. With shrinking earnings, the company may see some issues maintaining the dividend even though they look pretty sustainable for now. The payment isn't stellar, but it could make a decent addition to a dividend portfolio.

Market movements attest to how highly valued a consistent dividend policy is compared to one which is more unpredictable. Meanwhile, despite the importance of dividend payments, they are not the only factors our readers should know when assessing a company. As an example, we've identified 1 warning sign for Old National Bancorp that you should be aware of before investing. Looking for more high-yielding dividend ideas? Try our collection of strong dividend payers.

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