Readers hoping to buy Citizens Community Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:CZWI) for its dividend will need to make their move shortly, as the stock is about to trade ex-dividend. Ex-dividend means that investors that purchase the stock on or after the 4th of February will not receive this dividend, which will be paid on the 19th of February.
Citizens Community Bancorp's next dividend payment will be US$0.21 per share, and in the last 12 months, the company paid a total of US$0.20 per share. Last year's total dividend payments show that Citizens Community Bancorp has a trailing yield of 1.7% on the current share price of $11.97. 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.
If a company pays out more in dividends than it earned, then the dividend might become unsustainable - hardly an ideal situation. Citizens Community Bancorp has a low and conservative payout ratio of just 24% of its income after tax.
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.
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 fall far enough, the company could be forced to cut its dividend. For this reason, we're glad to see Citizens Community Bancorp's earnings per share have risen 15% per annum over the last five years.
Another key way to measure a company's dividend prospects is by measuring its historical rate of dividend growth. It looks like the Citizens Community Bancorp dividends are largely the same as they were ten years ago.
The Bottom Line
From a dividend perspective, should investors buy or avoid Citizens Community Bancorp? Companies like Citizens Community Bancorp 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. Overall, Citizens Community Bancorp looks like a promising dividend stock in this analysis, and we think it would be worth investigating further.
Ever wonder what the future holds for Citizens Community Bancorp? 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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