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Readers hoping to buy Curtis Banks Group plc (LON:CBP) for its dividend will need to make their move shortly, as the stock is about to trade ex-dividend. Investors can purchase shares before the 30th of April in order to be eligible for this dividend, which will be paid on the 8th of June.
Curtis Banks Group's next dividend payment will be UK£0.065 per share. Last year, in total, the company distributed UK£0.09 to shareholders. Looking at the last 12 months of distributions, Curtis Banks Group has a trailing yield of approximately 3.1% on its current stock price of £2.86. Dividends are a major contributor to investment returns for long term holders, but only if the dividend continues to be paid. As a result, readers should always check whether Curtis Banks Group has been able to grow its dividends, or if the dividend might be cut.
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. Curtis Banks Group is paying out an acceptable 55% of its profit, a common payout level among most companies.
Companies that pay out less in dividends than they earn in profits generally have more sustainable dividends. The lower the payout ratio, the more wiggle room the business has before it could be forced to cut the dividend.
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 business enters a downturn and the dividend is cut, the company could see its value fall precipitously. That's why it's comforting to see Curtis Banks Group's earnings have been skyrocketing, up 23% per annum for the past five years.
The main way most investors will assess a company's dividend prospects is by checking the historical rate of dividend growth. In the past four years, Curtis Banks Group has increased its dividend at approximately 27% 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
From a dividend perspective, should investors buy or avoid Curtis Banks Group? Curtis Banks Group has an acceptable payout ratio and its earnings per share have been improving at a decent rate. We think this is a pretty attractive combination, and would be interested in investigating Curtis Banks Group more closely.
On that note, you'll want to research what risks Curtis Banks Group is facing. Be aware that Curtis Banks Group is showing 5 warning signs in our investment analysis, and 2 of those can't be ignored...
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