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Great Western Bancorp Inc (NYSE:GWB): 4 Days To Buy Before The Ex-Dividend Date

Important news for shareholders and potential investors in Great Western Bancorp Inc (NYSE:GWB): The dividend payment of US$0.25 per share will be distributed to shareholders on 21 November 2018, and the stock will begin trading ex-dividend at an earlier date, 08 November 2018. What does this mean for current shareholders and potential investors? Below, I will explain how holding Great Western Bancorp can impact your portfolio income stream, by analysing the stock’s most recent financial data and dividend attributes.

Check out our latest analysis for Great Western Bancorp

5 questions to ask before buying a dividend stock

If you are a dividend investor, you should always assess these five key metrics:

  • Does it pay an annual yield higher than 75% of dividend payers?
  • Does it consistently pay out dividends without missing a payment of significantly cutting payout?
  • Has it increased its dividend per share amount over the past?
  • Can it afford to pay the current rate of dividends from its earnings?
  • Based on future earnings growth, will it be able to continue to payout dividend at the current rate?
NYSE:GWB Historical Dividend Yield November 3rd 18

How does Great Western Bancorp fare?

The current trailing twelve-month payout ratio for the stock is 34%, meaning the dividend is sufficiently covered by earnings. In the near future, analysts are predicting a payout ratio of 33%, leading to a dividend yield of around 2.9%. Furthermore, EPS should increase to $3.12.

When considering the sustainability of dividends, it is also worth checking the cash flow of a company. Cash flow is important because companies with strong cash flow can usually sustain higher payout ratios.

If there is one thing that you want to be reliable in your life, it’s dividend stocks and their constant income stream. Unfortunately, it is really too early to view Great Western Bancorp as a dividend investment. It has only been consistently paying dividends for 4 years, however, standard practice for reliable payers is to look for a 10-year minimum track record.

Compared to its peers, Great Western Bancorp generates a yield of 2.7%, which is on the low-side for Banks stocks.

Next Steps:

Taking all the above into account, Great Western Bancorp is a complicated pick for dividend investors given that there are a couple of positive things about it as well as negative. However, if you are not strictly just a dividend investor, the stock could still offer some interesting investment opportunities. Given that this is purely a dividend analysis, you should always research extensively before deciding whether or not a stock is an appropriate investment for you. I always recommend analysing the company’s fundamentals and underlying business before making an investment decision. I’ve put together three key aspects you should look at:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for GWB’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for GWB’s outlook.
  2. Valuation: What is GWB worth today? Even if the stock is a cash cow, it’s not worth an infinite price. The intrinsic value infographic in our free research report helps visualize whether GWB is currently mispriced by the market.
  3. Dividend Rockstars: Are there better dividend payers with stronger fundamentals out there? Check out our free list of these great stocks here.

To help readers see past the short term volatility of the financial market, we aim to bring you a long-term focused research analysis purely driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis does not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements.

The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com.