Associated Banc-Corp's (NYSE:ASB) Dividend Will Be $0.20

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Associated Banc-Corp (NYSE:ASB) has announced that it will pay a dividend of $0.20 per share on the 15th of September. This makes the dividend yield 3.7%, which will augment investor returns quite nicely.

View our latest analysis for Associated Banc-Corp

Associated Banc-Corp's Earnings Will Easily Cover The Distributions

A big dividend yield for a few years doesn't mean much if it can't be sustained.

Having distributed dividends for at least 10 years, Associated Banc-Corp has a long history of paying out a part of its earnings to shareholders. Taking data from its last earnings report, calculating for the company's payout ratio shows 38%, which means that Associated Banc-Corp would be able to pay its last dividend without pressure on the balance sheet.

The next year is set to see EPS grow by 24.3%. If the dividend continues on this path, the future payout ratio could be 34% by next year, which we think can be pretty sustainable going forward.

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Associated Banc-Corp Has A Solid Track Record

The company has an extended history of paying stable dividends. Since 2012, the dividend has gone from $0.04 total annually to $0.80. This means that it has been growing its distributions at 35% per annum over that time. It is good to see that there has been strong dividend growth, and that there haven't been any cuts for a long time.

Associated Banc-Corp Could Grow Its Dividend

Investors could be attracted to the stock based on the quality of its payment history. Associated Banc-Corp has seen EPS rising for the last five years, at 8.4% per annum. Associated Banc-Corp definitely has the potential to grow its dividend in the future with earnings on an uptrend and a low payout ratio.

Associated Banc-Corp Looks Like A Great Dividend Stock

Overall, we think that this is a great income investment, and we think that maintaining the dividend this year may have been a conservative choice. Distributions are quite easily covered by earnings, which are also being converted to cash flows. All of these factors considered, we think this has solid potential as a dividend stock.

Companies possessing a stable dividend policy will likely enjoy greater investor interest than those suffering from a more inconsistent approach. Meanwhile, despite the importance of dividend payments, they are not the only factors our readers should know when assessing a company. Earnings growth generally bodes well for the future value of company dividend payments. See if the 9 Associated Banc-Corp analysts we track are forecasting continued growth with our free report on analyst estimates for the company. If you are a dividend investor, you might also want to look at our curated list of high yield dividend stocks.

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