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 TriCo Bancshares (NASDAQ:TCBK) is about to go ex-dividend in just four days. Investors can purchase shares before the 10th of September in order to be eligible for this dividend, which will be paid on the 25th of September.
TriCo Bancshares’s upcoming dividend is US$0.22 a share, following on from the last 12 months, when the company distributed a total of US$0.88 per share to shareholders. Looking at the last 12 months of distributions, TriCo Bancshares has a trailing yield of approximately 3.1% on its current stock price of $28.25. 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 investigate whether TriCo Bancshares can afford its dividend, and if the dividend could grow.
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. Fortunately TriCo Bancshares’s payout ratio is modest, at just 38% of profit.
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.
Have Earnings And Dividends Been Growing?
Stocks in companies that generate sustainable earnings growth often make the best dividend prospects, as it is easier to lift the dividend when earnings are rising. Investors love dividends, so if earnings fall and the dividend is reduced, expect a stock to be sold off heavily at the same time. This is why it’s a relief to see TriCo Bancshares earnings per share are up 9.4% 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. TriCo Bancshares has delivered 5.4% dividend growth per year on average over the past 10 years. It’s encouraging to see the company lifting dividends while earnings are growing, suggesting at least some corporate interest in rewarding shareholders.
The Bottom Line
Is TriCo Bancshares worth buying for its dividend? TriCo Bancshares has seen its earnings per share grow slowly in recent years, and the company reinvests more than half of its profits in the business, which generally bodes well for its future prospects. In summary, TriCo Bancshares appears to have some promise as a dividend stock, and we’d suggest taking a closer look at it.
On that note, you’ll want to research what risks TriCo Bancshares is facing. Every company has risks, and we’ve spotted 2 warning signs for TriCo Bancshares you should know about.
We wouldn’t recommend just buying the first dividend stock you see, though. Here’s a list of interesting dividend stocks with a greater than 2% yield and an upcoming dividend.
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