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Be Sure To Check Out Tompkins Financial Corporation (NYSEMKT:TMP) Before It Goes Ex-Dividend

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Tompkins Financial Corporation (NYSEMKT:TMP) stock is about to trade ex-dividend in 4 days time. You can purchase shares before the 29th of July in order to receive the dividend, which the company will pay on the 15th of August.

Tompkins Financial's next dividend payment will be US$0.50 per share, on the back of last year when the company paid a total of US$2.00 to shareholders. Last year's total dividend payments show that Tompkins Financial has a trailing yield of 2.6% on the current share price of $77.74. Dividends are a major contributor to investment returns for long term holders, but only if the dividend continues to be paid. So we need to check whether the dividend payments are covered, and if earnings are growing.

View our latest analysis for Tompkins Financial

Dividends are usually paid out of company profits, so if a company pays out more than it earned then its dividend is usually at greater risk of being cut. Fortunately Tompkins Financial's payout ratio is modest, at just 38% 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.

AMEX:TMP Historical Dividend Yield, July 24th 2019

Have Earnings And Dividends Been Growing?

Stocks in companies that generate sustainable earnings growth often make the best dividend prospects, as it is easier to lift the dividend when earnings are rising. If earnings decline and the company is forced to cut its dividend, investors could watch the value of their investment go up in smoke. This is why it's a relief to see Tompkins Financial earnings per share are up 8.5% 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 past 10 years, Tompkins Financial has increased its dividend at approximately 4.9% a year on average. It's encouraging to see the company lifting dividends while earnings are growing, suggesting at least some corporate interest in rewarding shareholders.

To Sum It Up

Should investors buy Tompkins Financial for the upcoming dividend? It has been growing its earnings per share somewhat in recent years, although it reinvests more than half its earnings in the business, which could suggest there are some growth projects that have not yet reached fruition. In summary, Tompkins Financial appears to have some promise as a dividend stock, and we'd suggest taking a closer look at it.

Wondering what the future holds for Tompkins Financial? See what the two analysts we track are forecasting, with this visualisation of its historical and future estimated earnings and cash flow

We wouldn't recommend just buying the first dividend stock you see, though. Here's a list of interesting dividend stocks with a greater than 2% yield and an upcoming dividend.

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