Be Sure To Check Out Peoples Bancorp Inc. (NASDAQ:PEBO) Before It Goes Ex-Dividend

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 Peoples Bancorp Inc. (NASDAQ:PEBO) is about to go ex-dividend in just 3 days. You can purchase shares before the 2nd of August in order to receive the dividend, which the company will pay on the 19th of August.

Peoples Bancorp’s next dividend payment will be US$0.34 per share, and in the last 12 months, the company paid a total of US$1.36 per share. Based on the last year’s worth of payments, Peoples Bancorp stock has a trailing yield of around 4.2% on the current share price of $32.6. Dividends are a major contributor to investment returns for long term holders, but only if the dividend continues to be paid. So we need to check whether the dividend payments are covered, and if earnings are growing.

Check out our latest analysis for Peoples Bancorp

Dividends are typically paid out of company income, so if a company pays out more than it earned, its dividend is usually at a higher risk of being cut. That’s why it’s good to see Peoples Bancorp paying out a modest 50% of its earnings.

Companies that pay out less in dividends than they earn in profits generally have more sustainable dividends. The lower the payout ratio, the more wiggle room the business has before it could be forced to cut the dividend.

Click here to see the company’s payout ratio, plus analyst estimates of its future dividends.

NasdaqGS:PEBO Historical Dividend Yield, July 29th 2019
NasdaqGS:PEBO Historical Dividend Yield, July 29th 2019

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 Peoples Bancorp earnings per share are up 9.3% 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 10 years, Peoples Bancorp has lifted its dividend by approximately 4.0% 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.

Final Takeaway

Should investors buy Peoples Bancorp for the upcoming dividend? 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. In summary, Peoples Bancorp appears to have some promise as a dividend stock, and we’d suggest taking a closer look at it.

Curious what other investors think of Peoples Bancorp? See what analysts are forecasting, with this visualisation of its historical and future estimated earnings and cash flow .

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