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Why You Might Be Interested In Paragon Banking Group PLC (LON:PAG) For Its Upcoming Dividend

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Paragon Banking Group PLC (LON:PAG) is about to trade ex-dividend in the next 3 days. Investors can purchase shares before the 9th of January in order to be eligible for this dividend, which will be paid on the 17th of February.

Paragon Banking Group's next dividend payment will be UK£0.14 per share, and in the last 12 months, the company paid a total of UK£0.21 per share. Calculating the last year's worth of payments shows that Paragon Banking Group has a trailing yield of 3.9% on the current share price of £5.415. We love seeing companies pay a dividend, but it's also important to be sure that laying the golden eggs isn't going to kill our golden goose! As a result, readers should always check whether Paragon Banking Group has been able to grow its dividends, or if the dividend might be cut.

View our latest analysis for Paragon Banking Group

If a company pays out more in dividends than it earned, then the dividend might become unsustainable - hardly an ideal situation. Fortunately Paragon Banking Group's payout ratio is modest, at just 43% 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.

LSE:PAG Historical Dividend Yield, January 5th 2020

Have Earnings And Dividends Been Growing?

Businesses with strong growth prospects usually make the best dividend payers, because it's easier to grow dividends when earnings per share are improving. If business enters a downturn and the dividend is cut, the company could see its value fall precipitously. This is why it's a relief to see Paragon Banking Group earnings per share are up 9.2% 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 last ten years, Paragon Banking Group has lifted its dividend by approximately 21% 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.

The Bottom Line

Is Paragon Banking Group an attractive dividend stock, or better left on the shelf? 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, Paragon Banking Group looks like a promising dividend stock in this analysis, and we think it would be worth investigating further.

Wondering what the future holds for Paragon Banking Group? See what the 11 analysts we track are forecasting, with this visualisation of its historical and future estimated earnings and cash flow

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