As dividends payout is a type of cash flow to the shareholders, they mark an important reflection of a firm’s value. Atmos Energy Corporation (NYSE:ATO) has planned to pay dividend of $0.42 per share. As per press release, record date is 2016-08-22, the payment date is 2016-09-06, and the ex-dividend date is 2016-08-18. This dividend update was given on 2016-08-04.
In last year Atmos Energy Corporation (NYSE:ATO) paid dividend of $0.42 per share as opposed to the payout of $0.42 a share in the equivalent quarter, denoting a difference of 5.4054%.
The experts are envisaging EPS of $0.35. Atmos Energy Corporation (NYSE:ATO) has a price target of $78 in short-range. This price is the mean of the equity price targets placed by 5 analysts. The target range varies from $64 to $88. The standard deviation is $9.874 considering all the price reviews. Dividend is usually considered as health barometer of any company.
Many shareholders depend on financial earnings performance to decide on investment. Equities are judged as per their capability to expand earnings and to outpace or meet analysts’ mean forecasts.
The basic factor that tells investors about financial performance is per-share earnings. This factor is known as the net earnings/income on income statement subtracting dividend, divided by outstanding shares. For instance, if a group posts a 3Q net income of $12 million and outstanding shares count is 8 million shares, its per-share earnings is $1.50.
The problem is why does the research group primary focus is on earnings, and not on other metrics including sales and cash flow. Any financial expert can convey that the suitable way to assess equity is to forecast the free cash flow of any entity in long-term, markdown them to the current day and later share by the number of outstanding shares.
For the period closed on 2015-09-30, Atmos Energy Corporation (NYSE:ATO) reported EPS of $0.67. The financials for the quarter closing on 2016-09-30 can come around 2016-11-02.
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