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 F.N.B. Corporation (NYSE:FNB) is about to go ex-dividend in just four days. You will need to purchase shares before the 4th of March to receive the dividend, which will be paid on the 15th of March.
F.N.B's next dividend payment will be US$0.12 per share, and in the last 12 months, the company paid a total of US$0.48 per share. Based on the last year's worth of payments, F.N.B stock has a trailing yield of around 4.1% on the current share price of $11.83. 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! So we need to investigate whether F.N.B can afford its dividend, and if the dividend could grow.
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. F.N.B paid out more than half (56%) of its earnings last year, which is a regular payout ratio for most companies. F.N.B paid a dividend despite reporting negative free cash flow over the last twelve months. This may be due to heavy investment in the business, but this is still suboptimal from a dividend sustainability perspective.
Generally speaking, the lower a company's payout ratios, the more resilient its dividend usually is.
Have Earnings And Dividends Been Growing?
Companies that aren't growing their earnings can still be valuable, but it is even more important to assess the sustainability of the dividend if it looks like the company will struggle to grow. Investors love dividends, so if earnings fall and the dividend is reduced, expect a stock to be sold off heavily at the same time. It's not encouraging to see that F.N.B's earnings are effectively flat over the past five years. Better than seeing them fall off a cliff, for sure, but the best dividend stocks grow their earnings meaningfully over the long run.
Many investors will assess a company's dividend performance by evaluating how much the dividend payments have changed over time. It looks like the F.N.B dividends are largely the same as they were 10 years ago.
To Sum It Up
Is F.N.B worth buying for its dividend? Earnings per share have not grown at all, and the company pays out a bit over half its profits to shareholders. F.N.B doesn't appear to have a lot going for it, and we're not inclined to take a risk on owning it for the dividend.
Having said that, if you're looking at this stock without much concern for the dividend, you should still be familiar of the risks involved with F.N.B. Be aware that F.N.B is showing 2 warning signs in our investment analysis, and 1 of those is significant...
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