Why You Might Be Interested In Pinnacle Financial Partners, Inc. (NASDAQ:PNFP) For Its Upcoming Dividend

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Pinnacle Financial Partners, Inc. (NASDAQ:PNFP) stock is about to trade ex-dividend in four days. The ex-dividend date is usually set to be one business day before the record date which is the cut-off date on which you must be present on the company's books as a shareholder in order to receive the dividend. The ex-dividend date is of consequence because whenever a stock is bought or sold, the trade takes at least two business day to settle. Accordingly, Pinnacle Financial Partners investors that purchase the stock on or after the 5th of August will not receive the dividend, which will be paid on the 27th of August.

The company's next dividend payment will be US$0.18 per share, on the back of last year when the company paid a total of US$0.72 to shareholders. Calculating the last year's worth of payments shows that Pinnacle Financial Partners has a trailing yield of 0.8% on the current share price of $89.61. Dividends are a major contributor to investment returns for long term holders, but only if the dividend continues to be paid. As a result, readers should always check whether Pinnacle Financial Partners has been able to grow its dividends, or if the dividend might be cut.

Check out our latest analysis for Pinnacle Financial Partners

If a company pays out more in dividends than it earned, then the dividend might become unsustainable - hardly an ideal situation. Pinnacle Financial Partners paid out just 11% of its profit last year, which we think is conservatively low and leaves plenty of margin for unexpected circumstances.

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.

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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. For this reason, we're glad to see Pinnacle Financial Partners's earnings per share have risen 19% per annum over the last five years.

The main way most investors will assess a company's dividend prospects is by checking the historical rate of dividend growth. Pinnacle Financial Partners has delivered 11% dividend growth per year on average over the past eight years. It's great to see earnings per share growing rapidly over several years, and dividends per share growing right along with it.

The Bottom Line

Has Pinnacle Financial Partners got what it takes to maintain its dividend payments? Typically, companies that are growing rapidly and paying out a low fraction of earnings are keeping the profits for reinvestment in the 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 Pinnacle Financial Partners more closely.

Curious what other investors think of Pinnacle Financial Partners? 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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