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South State Corporation (NASDAQ:SSB) Looks Like A Good Stock, And It's Going Ex-Dividend Soon

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South State Corporation (NASDAQ:SSB) is about to trade ex-dividend in the next 4 days. Investors can purchase shares before the 6th of February in order to be eligible for this dividend, which will be paid on the 14th of February.

South State's next dividend payment will be US$0.47 per share. Last year, in total, the company distributed US$1.88 to shareholders. Based on the last year's worth of payments, South State stock has a trailing yield of around 2.5% on the current share price of $75.61. 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! As a result, readers should always check whether South State has been able to grow its dividends, or if the dividend might be cut.

View our latest analysis for South State

Dividends are typically paid from company earnings. If a company pays more in dividends than it earned in profit, then the dividend could be unsustainable. Fortunately South State's payout ratio is modest, at just 31% of profit.

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:SSB Historical Dividend Yield, February 1st 2020

Have Earnings And Dividends Been Growing?

Companies with consistently growing earnings per share generally make the best dividend stocks, as they usually find it easier to grow dividends per share. If earnings decline and the company is forced to cut its dividend, investors could watch the value of their investment go up in smoke. Fortunately for readers, South State's earnings per share have been growing at 12% a year for the past five years.

Many investors will assess a company's dividend performance by evaluating how much the dividend payments have changed over time. South State has delivered an average of 11% per year annual increase in its dividend, based on the past ten years of dividend payments. It's great to see earnings per share growing rapidly over several years, and dividends per share growing right along with it.

Final Takeaway

Has South State got what it takes to maintain its dividend payments? Companies like South State that are growing rapidly and paying out a low fraction of earnings, are usually reinvesting heavily in their business. This strategy can add significant value to shareholders over the long term - as long as it's done without issuing too many new shares. We think this is a pretty attractive combination, and would be interested in investigating South State more closely.

Ever wonder what the future holds for South State? See what the three analysts we track are forecasting, with this visualisation of its historical and future estimated earnings and cash flow

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