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Is It Smart To Buy Glacier Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:GBCI) Before It Goes 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 Glacier Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:GBCI) is about to go ex-dividend in just four days. Ex-dividend means that investors that purchase the stock on or after the 12th of April will not receive this dividend, which will be paid on the 22nd of April.

Glacier Bancorp's next dividend payment will be US$0.31 per share, on the back of last year when the company paid a total of US$1.35 to shareholders. Based on the last year's worth of payments, Glacier Bancorp has a trailing yield of 2.4% on the current stock price of $58.24. If you buy this business for its dividend, you should have an idea of whether Glacier Bancorp's dividend is reliable and sustainable. We need to see whether the dividend is covered by earnings and if it's growing.

Check out our latest analysis for Glacier Bancorp

If a company pays out more in dividends than it earned, then the dividend might become unsustainable - hardly an ideal situation. Fortunately Glacier Bancorp's payout ratio is modest, at just 42% of profit.

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

Click here to see the company's payout ratio, plus analyst estimates of its future dividends.

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Have Earnings And Dividends Been Growing?

Businesses with strong growth prospects usually make the best dividend payers, because it's easier to grow dividends when earnings per share are improving. Investors love dividends, so if earnings fall and the dividend is reduced, expect a stock to be sold off heavily at the same time. Fortunately for readers, Glacier Bancorp's earnings per share have been growing at 13% a year for the past five years.

The main way most investors will assess a company's dividend prospects is by checking the historical rate of dividend growth. Glacier Bancorp has delivered an average of 10% per year annual increase in its dividend, based on the past 10 years of dividend payments. It's exciting to see that both earnings and dividends per share have grown rapidly over the past few years.

To Sum It Up

Is Glacier Bancorp worth buying for its dividend? Companies like Glacier Bancorp that are growing rapidly and paying out a low fraction of earnings, are usually reinvesting heavily in their business. This is one of the most attractive investment combinations under this analysis, as it can create substantial value for investors over the long run. Overall, Glacier Bancorp looks like a promising dividend stock in this analysis, and we think it would be worth investigating further.

In light of that, while Glacier Bancorp has an appealing dividend, it's worth knowing the risks involved with this stock. Case in point: We've spotted 1 warning sign for Glacier Bancorp you should be aware of.

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.

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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