Some investors rely on dividends for growing their wealth, and if you're one of those dividend sleuths, you might be intrigued to know that Capital City Bank Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:CCBG) is about to go ex-dividend in just 3 days. Ex-dividend means that investors that purchase the stock on or after the 6th of September will not receive this dividend, which will be paid on the 23rd of September.
Capital City Bank Group's next dividend payment will be US$0.13 per share. Last year, in total, the company distributed US$0.44 to shareholders. Based on the last year's worth of payments, Capital City Bank Group stock has a trailing yield of around 2.1% on the current share price of $24.38. Dividends are an important source of income to many shareholders, but the health of the business is crucial to maintaining those dividends. That's why we should always check whether the dividend payments appear sustainable, and if the company is growing.
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. Capital City Bank Group has a low and conservative payout ratio of just 24% of its income after tax.
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?
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. That's why it's comforting to see Capital City Bank Group's earnings have been skyrocketing, up 37% 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. Capital City Bank Group has seen its dividend decline 3.7% per annum on average over the past 10 years, which is not great to see. It's unusual to see earnings per share increasing at the same time as dividends per share have been in decline. We'd hope it's because the company is reinvesting heavily in its business, but it could also suggest business is lumpy.
To Sum It Up
Is Capital City Bank Group worth buying for its dividend? Companies like Capital City Bank Group 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, Capital City Bank Group looks like a promising dividend stock in this analysis, and we think it would be worth investigating further.
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