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Is It Smart To Buy MidWestOne Financial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:MOFG) Before It Goes Ex-Dividend?

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It looks like MidWestOne Financial Group, Inc. ( NASDAQ:MOFG ) is about to go ex-dividend in the next 4 days. Ex-dividend means that investors that purchase the stock on or after the 29th of August will not receive this dividend, which will be paid on the 16th of September.

MidWestOne Financial Group's next dividend payment will be US$0.20 per share. Last year, in total, the company distributed US$0.81 to shareholders. Looking at the last 12 months of distributions, MidWestOne Financial Group has a trailing yield of approximately 2.8% on its current stock price of $28.55. 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 MidWestOne Financial Group has been able to grow its dividends, or if the dividend might be cut.

View our latest analysis for MidWestOne Financial Group

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 MidWestOne Financial Group's payout ratio is modest, at just 32% 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:MOFG Historical Dividend Yield, August 24th 2019

Have Earnings And Dividends Been Growing?

Companies with consistently growing earnings per share generally make the best dividend stocks, as they usually find it easier to grow dividends per share. If business enters a downturn and the dividend is cut, the company could see its value fall precipitously. With that in mind, we're encouraged by the steady growth at MidWestOne Financial Group, with earnings per share up 2.7% on average 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. Since the start of our data, 10 years ago, MidWestOne Financial Group has lifted its dividend by approximately 2.9% 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.

The Bottom Line

Is MidWestOne Financial Group worth buying for its dividend? It has been growing its earnings per share somewhat in recent years, although it reinvests more than half its earnings in the business, which could suggest there are some growth projects that have not yet reached fruition. We think this is a pretty attractive combination, and would be interested in investigating MidWestOne Financial Group more closely.

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

If you're in the market for dividend stocks, we recommend checking our list of top dividend stocks with a greater than 2% yield and an upcoming dividend.

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