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Read This Before Considering German American Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:GABC) For Its Upcoming US$0.17 Dividend

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Investors who want to cash in on German American Bancorp, Inc.'s (NASDAQ:GABC) upcoming dividend of US$0.17 per share have only 2 days left to buy the shares before its ex-dividend date, 09 May 2019, in time for dividends payable on the 20 May 2019. Should you diversify into German American Bancorp and boost your portfolio income stream? Well, keep on reading because today, I'm going to look at the latest data and analyze the stock and its dividend property in further detail.

See our latest analysis for German American Bancorp

5 checks you should do on a dividend stock

When assessing a stock as a potential addition to my dividend Portfolio, I look at these five areas:

  • Is its annual yield among the top 25% of dividend-paying companies?
  • Has it consistently paid a stable dividend without missing a payment or drastically cutting payout?
  • Has it increased its dividend per share amount over the past?
  • Is its earnings sufficient to payout dividend at the current rate?
  • Will it have the ability to keep paying its dividends going forward?
NasdaqGS:GABC Historical Dividend Yield, May 6th 2019

How does German American Bancorp fare?

The current trailing twelve-month payout ratio for the stock is 31%, which means that the dividend is covered by earnings. Furthermore, analysts have not forecasted a dividends per share for the future, which makes it hard to determine the yield shareholders should expect, and whether the current payout is sustainable, moving forward.

When considering the sustainability of dividends, it is also worth checking the cash flow of a company. Companies with strong cash flow can sustain a higher payout ratio, while companies with weaker cash flow generally cannot.

Reliablity is an important factor for dividend stocks, particularly for income investors who want a strong track record of payment and a positive outlook for future payout. In the case of GABC it has increased its DPS from $0.37 to $0.68 in the past 10 years. It has also been paying out dividend consistently during this time, as you'd expect for a company increasing its dividend levels. This is an impressive feat, which makes GABC a true dividend rockstar.

In terms of its peers, German American Bancorp generates a yield of 2.3%, which is on the low-side for Banks stocks.

Next Steps:

With these dividend metrics in mind, I definitely rank German American Bancorp as a strong income stock, and is worth further research for anyone who considers dividends an important part of their portfolio strategy. 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 pertinent factors you should look at:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for GABC’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for GABC’s outlook.
  2. Valuation: What is GABC 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 GABC 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.

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