First Financial Bankshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:FFIN) Goes Ex-Dividend Soon

Regular readers will know that we love our dividends at Simply Wall St, which is why it’s exciting to see First Financial Bankshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:FFIN) is about to trade ex-dividend in the next four days. The ex-dividend date is one business day before a company’s record date, which is the date on which the company determines which shareholders are entitled to receive a dividend. It is important to be aware of the ex-dividend date because any trade on the stock needs to have been settled on or before the record date. Accordingly, First Financial Bankshares investors that purchase the stock on or after the 14th of March will not receive the dividend, which will be paid on the 1st of April.

The company’s next dividend payment will be US$0.18 per share, and in the last 12 months, the company paid a total of US$0.72 per share. Based on the last year’s worth of payments, First Financial Bankshares has a trailing yield of 2.2% on the current stock price of US$32.57. Dividends are an important source of income to many shareholders, but the health of the business is crucial to maintaining those dividends. That’s why we should always check whether the dividend payments appear sustainable, and if the company is growing.

Check out our latest analysis for First Financial Bankshares

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. First Financial Bankshares paid out more than half (51%) of its earnings last year, which is a regular payout ratio for most companies.

Generally speaking, the lower a company’s payout ratios, the more resilient its dividend usually is.

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?

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 First Financial Bankshares earnings per share are up 4.7% 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. In the last 10 years, First Financial Bankshares has lifted its dividend by approximately 11% 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.

The Bottom Line

Is First Financial Bankshares an attractive dividend stock, or better left on the shelf? Earnings per share have been growing at a reasonable rate, and the company is paying out a bit over half its earnings as dividends. We’re unconvinced on the company’s merits, and think there might be better opportunities out there.

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

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