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There's A Lot To Like About Financial Institutions, Inc.'s (NASDAQ:FISI) Upcoming 0.9% Dividend

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Financial Institutions, Inc. (NASDAQ:FISI) stock is about to trade ex-dividend in 4 days time. You will need to purchase shares before the 12th of September to receive the dividend, which will be paid on the 2nd of October.

Financial Institutions's next dividend payment will be US$0.25 per share. Last year, in total, the company distributed US$1.00 to shareholders. Based on the last year's worth of payments, Financial Institutions has a trailing yield of 3.5% on the current stock price of $28.6. Dividends are an important source of income to many shareholders, but the health of the business is crucial to maintaining those dividends. As a result, readers should always check whether Financial Institutions has been able to grow its dividends, or if the dividend might be cut.

View our latest analysis for Financial Institutions

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. Financial Institutions paid out a comfortable 40% of its profit last year.

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.

Click here to see the company's payout ratio, plus analyst estimates of its future dividends.

NasdaqGS:FISI Historical Dividend Yield, September 7th 2019

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. With that in mind, we're encouraged by the steady growth at Financial Institutions, with earnings per share up 7.2% on average 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. Financial Institutions has delivered 9.6% dividend growth per year on average over the past 10 years. It's encouraging to see the company lifting dividends while earnings are growing, suggesting at least some corporate interest in rewarding shareholders.

The Bottom Line

Should investors buy Financial Institutions 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. Overall, Financial Institutions looks like a promising dividend stock in this analysis, and we think it would be worth investigating further.

Curious what other investors think of Financial Institutions? See what analysts 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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