Ex-Dividend Reminder: First Financial Bankshares, Washington REIT and American Homes 4 Rent

Looking at the universe of stocks we cover at Dividend Channel, on 12/11/14, First Financial Bankshares, Inc. (FFIN), Washington Real Estate Investment Trust (WRE), and American Homes 4 Rent (AMH) will all trade ex-dividend for their respective upcoming dividends. First Financial Bankshares, Inc. will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.14 on 1/2/15, Washington Real Estate Investment Trust will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.30 on 12/31/14, and American Homes 4 Rent will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.05 on 12/30/14.

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As a percentage of FFIN's recent stock price of $29.60, this dividend works out to approximately 0.47%, so look for shares of First Financial Bankshares, Inc. to trade 0.47% lower — all else being equal — when FFIN shares open for trading on 12/11/14. Similarly, investors should look for WRE to open 1.10% lower in price and for AMH to open 0.30% lower, all else being equal.

Below are dividend history charts for FFIN, WRE, and AMH, showing historical dividends prior to the most recent ones declared.

First Financial Bankshares, Inc. (FFIN):

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Washington Real Estate Investment Trust (WRE):

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American Homes 4 Rent (AMH):

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In general, dividends are not always predictable, following the ups and downs of company profits over time. Therefore, a good first due diligence step in forming an expectation of annual yield going forward, is looking at the history above, for a sense of stability over time. This can help in judging whether the most recent dividends from these companies are likely to continue. If they do continue, the current estimated yields on annualized basis would be 1.89% for First Financial Bankshares, Inc., 4.42% for Washington Real Estate Investment Trust, and 1.18% for American Homes 4 Rent.

In Tuesday trading, First Financial Bankshares, Inc. shares are currently down about 1.1%, Washington Real Estate Investment Trust shares are trading flat, and American Homes 4 Rent shares are off about 0.5% on the day.

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