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Is It Smart To Buy Pacific Premier Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:PPBI) Before It Goes Ex-Dividend?

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Readers hoping to buy Pacific Premier Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:PPBI) for its dividend will need to make their move shortly, as the stock is about to trade ex-dividend. You will need to purchase shares before the 31st of January to receive the dividend, which will be paid on the 14th of February.

Pacific Premier Bancorp's next dividend payment will be US$0.25 per share, on the back of last year when the company paid a total of US$0.88 to shareholders. Based on the last year's worth of payments, Pacific Premier Bancorp stock has a trailing yield of around 3.2% on the current share price of $31.34. We love seeing companies pay a dividend, but it's also important to be sure that laying the golden eggs isn't going to kill our golden goose! That's why we should always check whether the dividend payments appear sustainable, and if the company is growing.

Check out our latest analysis for Pacific Premier Bancorp

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. That's why it's good to see Pacific Premier Bancorp paying out a modest 34% of its earnings.

When a company paid out less in dividends than it earned in profit, this generally suggests its dividend is affordable. The lower the % of its profit that it pays out, the greater the margin of safety for the dividend if the business enters a downturn.

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

NasdaqGS:PPBI Historical Dividend Yield, January 27th 2020

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. If earnings decline and the company is forced to cut its dividend, investors could watch the value of their investment go up in smoke. It's encouraging to see Pacific Premier Bancorp has grown its earnings rapidly, up 35% a year for the past five years.

Given that Pacific Premier Bancorp has only been paying a dividend for a year, there's not much of a past history to draw insight from.

To Sum It Up

From a dividend perspective, should investors buy or avoid Pacific Premier Bancorp? Typically, companies that are growing rapidly and paying out a low fraction of earnings are keeping the profits for reinvestment in the 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. We think this is a pretty attractive combination, and would be interested in investigating Pacific Premier Bancorp more closely.

Curious what other investors think of Pacific Premier Bancorp? See what analysts are forecasting, with this visualisation of its historical and future estimated earnings and cash flow.

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.

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