At Friday’s market close, NAB shares added to the strong gains, finishing 1.03% higher to $27.35.
What did NAB last report?
Investors have been bidding on the NAB share price in 2021 as the company continues to impress the market.
In early August, NAB updated the ASX with its third-quarter scorecard, highlighting an “encouraging” performance.
Cash earnings rose by 10.3% to $1.7 billion compared with Q3 last year, supported by significantly better credit impairment outcomes. Particularly, momentum picked up across its business portfolio.
In Australia, house lending rose 2% along with the small-to-medium business segment, growing 4.3%. The New Zealand segment saw lending increase by 2.7%.
Unaudited statutory net profit for the group came to $1.65 billion.
NAB noted that continued COVID-19 outbreaks and lockdowns are creating uncertainty and challenges for some customers. However, it remains optimistic on the long-term outlook for both Australia and New Zealand.
It appears that the bank is poised for a strong return when the economies re-open following the accelerated vaccination programs.
How much is NAB scheduled to pay in dividends?
The bank is scheduled to report its full-year results on 9 November. Investors may be wondering what kind of dividend payment to expect ahead of the release.
NAB paid a fully franked dividend of 60 cents per share in July for the first half of FY21. This was double of FY20’s dividend (30 cents) and also double of the prior corresponding period (H1 FY20).
Goldman Sachs is forecasting NAB to reward shareholders with a total FY21 dividend payment of 125 cents. This implies a final dividend payment for FY21 of 65 cents per share.
When calculating against the current share price, NAB is trailing on a forecast fully-franked dividend yield of 4.4%. It is expected that the payout ratio will be somewhere between 68% to 70% of the bank’s profits.
It’s worth remembering that the company has been a relatively consistent dividend payer over the years. Before the onset of COVID-19, the bank had been paying shareholders fully franked dividends of 99 cents on a bi-annual basis.
About the NAB share price
In 2021, the NAB share price has continued to rise in value, gaining more than 20% for investors.
NAB commands a market capitalisation of approximately $89.76 billion, with about 3.2 billion shares on its books.