Why You Might Be Interested In First Defiance Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:FDEF) For Its Upcoming Dividend

First Defiance Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:FDEF) stock is about to trade ex-dividend in 4 days time. Ex-dividend means that investors that purchase the stock on or after the 15th of August will not receive this dividend, which will be paid on the 23rd of August.

First Defiance Financial’s upcoming dividend is US$0.19 a share, following on from the last 12 months, when the company distributed a total of US$0.76 per share to shareholders. Based on the last year’s worth of payments, First Defiance Financial stock has a trailing yield of around 2.7% on the current share price of $27.64. 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 First Defiance Financial has been able to grow its dividends, or if the dividend might be cut.

Check out our latest analysis for First Defiance Financial

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 First Defiance Financial’s payout ratio is modest, at just 31% 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.

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

NasdaqGS:FDEF Historical Dividend Yield, August 10th 2019
NasdaqGS:FDEF Historical Dividend Yield, August 10th 2019

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. If earnings fall far enough, the company could be forced to cut its dividend. Fortunately for readers, First Defiance Financial’s earnings per share have been growing at 15% a year for the past five years.

Many investors will assess a company’s dividend performance by evaluating how much the dividend payments have changed over time. Since the start of our data, 10 years ago, First Defiance Financial has lifted its dividend by approximately 3.9% a year on average. Earnings per share have been growing much quicker than dividends, potentially because First Defiance Financial is keeping back more of its profits to grow the business.

The Bottom Line

Is First Defiance Financial worth buying for its dividend? When companies are growing rapidly and retaining a majority of the profits within the business, it’s usually a sign that reinvesting earnings creates more value than paying dividends to shareholders. This strategy can add significant value to shareholders over the long term – as long as it’s done without issuing too many new shares. In summary, First Defiance Financial appears to have some promise as a dividend stock, and we’d suggest taking a closer look at it.

Ever wonder what the future holds for First Defiance Financial? See what the four analysts we track are forecasting, with this visualisation of its historical and future estimated earnings and cash flow

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