UMB Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:UMBF)’s Could Be A Buy For Its Upcoming Dividend

It looks like UMB Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:UMBF) is about to go ex-dividend in the next 3 days. You will need to purchase shares before the 9th of December to receive the dividend, which will be paid on the 2nd of January.

UMB Financial’s upcoming dividend is US$0.31 a share, following on from the last 12 months, when the company distributed a total of US$1.24 per share to shareholders. Based on the last year’s worth of payments, UMB Financial stock has a trailing yield of around 1.9% on the current share price of $65.93. If you buy this business for its dividend, you should have an idea of whether UMB Financial’s dividend is reliable and sustainable. So we need to check whether the dividend payments are covered, and if earnings are growing.

Check out our latest analysis for UMB Financial

Dividends are usually paid out of company profits, so if a company pays out more than it earned then its dividend is usually at greater risk of being cut. Fortunately UMB Financial’s payout ratio is modest, at just 29% 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:UMBF Historical Dividend Yield, December 5th 2019
NasdaqGS:UMBF Historical Dividend Yield, December 5th 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 earnings decline and the company is forced to cut its dividend, investors could watch the value of their investment go up in smoke. This is why it’s a relief to see UMB Financial earnings per share are up 5.0% 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. Since the start of our data, ten years ago, UMB Financial has lifted its dividend by approximately 5.9% a year on average. We’re glad to see dividends rising alongside earnings over a number of years, which may be a sign the company intends to share the growth with shareholders.

Final Takeaway

From a dividend perspective, should investors buy or avoid UMB Financial? UMB Financial 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, UMB Financial appears to have some promise as a dividend stock, and we’d suggest taking a closer look at it.

Wondering what the future holds for UMB Financial? See what the seven analysts we track are forecasting, with this visualisation of its historical and future estimated earnings and cash flow

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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