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 Veritex Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:VBTX) is about to go ex-dividend in just 4 days. Investors can purchase shares before the 7th of August in order to be eligible for this dividend, which will be paid on the 22nd of August.
Veritex Holdings's upcoming dividend is US$0.13 a share, following on from the last 12 months, when the company distributed a total of US$0.50 per share to shareholders. Looking at the last 12 months of distributions, Veritex Holdings has a trailing yield of approximately 2.0% on its current stock price of $24.97. 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! That's why we should always check whether the dividend payments appear sustainable, and if the company is growing.
If a company pays out more in dividends than it earned, then the dividend might become unsustainable - hardly an ideal situation. Veritex Holdings has a low and conservative payout ratio of just 18% of its income after tax.
Generally speaking, the lower a company's payout ratios, the more resilient its dividend usually is.
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 decline and the company is forced to cut its dividend, investors could watch the value of their investment go up in smoke. Fortunately for readers, Veritex Holdings's earnings per share have been growing at 19% a year for the past five years.
Given that Veritex Holdings has only been paying a dividend for a year, there's not much of a past history to draw insight from.
To Sum It Up
Is Veritex Holdings worth buying for its dividend? Companies like Veritex Holdings that are growing rapidly and paying out a low fraction of earnings, are usually reinvesting heavily in their business. Perhaps even more importantly - this can sometimes signal management is focused on the long term future of the business. We think this is a pretty attractive combination, and would be interested in investigating Veritex Holdings more closely.
Curious what other investors think of Veritex Holdings? See what analysts are forecasting, with this visualisation of its historical and future estimated earnings and cash flow .
If you're in the market for dividend stocks, we recommend checking our list of top dividend stocks with a greater than 2% yield and an upcoming dividend.
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