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Be Sure To Check Out Guardian Capital Group Limited (TSE:GCG.A) Before It Goes Ex-Dividend

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It looks like Guardian Capital Group Limited (TSE:GCG.A) is about to go ex-dividend in the next 2 days. You can purchase shares before the 10th of October in order to receive the dividend, which the company will pay on the 18th of October.

Guardian Capital Group's next dividend payment will be CA$0.1 per share, on the back of last year when the company paid a total of CA$0.6 to shareholders. Last year's total dividend payments show that Guardian Capital Group has a trailing yield of 2.5% on the current share price of CA$24.35. 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 Guardian Capital Group has been able to grow its dividends, or if the dividend might be cut.

See our latest analysis for Guardian Capital Group

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. Fortunately Guardian Capital Group's payout ratio is modest, at just 32% 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 how much of its profit Guardian Capital Group paid out over the last 12 months.

TSX:GCG.A Historical Dividend Yield, October 7th 2019

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. For this reason, we're glad to see Guardian Capital Group's earnings per share have risen 10% per annum over the last five years.

Many investors will assess a company's dividend performance by evaluating how much the dividend payments have changed over time. In the last ten years, Guardian Capital Group has lifted its dividend by approximately 15% a year on average. 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 Guardian Capital Group an attractive dividend stock, or better left on the shelf? When companies are growing rapidly and retaining a majority of the profits within the business, it's usually a sign that reinvesting earnings creates more value than paying dividends to shareholders. 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 Guardian Capital Group more closely.

Want to learn more about Guardian Capital Group's dividend performance? Check out this visualisation of its historical revenue and earnings growth.

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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