Three Things You Should Check Before Buying Yadea Group Holdings Ltd. (HKG:1585) For Its Dividend

Could Yadea Group Holdings Ltd. (HKG:1585) be an attractive dividend share to own for the long haul? Investors are often drawn to strong companies with the idea of reinvesting the dividends. Yet sometimes, investors buy a popular dividend stock because of its yield, and then lose money if the company’s dividend doesn’t live up to expectations.

Some readers mightn’t know much about Yadea Group Holdings’s 1.7% dividend, as it has only been paying distributions for the last three years. Many of the best dividend stocks typically start out paying a low yield, so we wouldn’t automatically cut it from our list of prospects. The company also bought back stock during the year, equivalent to approximately 1.4% of the company’s market capitalisation at the time. Some simple research can reduce the risk of buying Yadea Group Holdings for its dividend – read on to learn more.

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SEHK:1585 Historical Dividend Yield, February 24th 2020
SEHK:1585 Historical Dividend Yield, February 24th 2020

Payout ratios

Dividends are typically paid from company earnings. If a company pays more in dividends than it earned, then the dividend might become unsustainable – hardly an ideal situation. As a result, we should always investigate whether a company can afford its dividend, measured as a percentage of a company’s net income after tax. Looking at the data, we can see that 25% of Yadea Group Holdings’s profits were paid out as dividends in the last 12 months. This is a middling range that strikes a nice balance between paying dividends to shareholders, and retaining enough earnings to invest in future growth. Besides, if reinvestment opportunities dry up, the company has room to increase the dividend.

Another important check we do is to see if the free cash flow generated is sufficient to pay the dividend. Yadea Group Holdings paid out 12% of its free cash flow as dividends last year, which is conservative and suggests the dividend is sustainable. It’s encouraging to see that the dividend is covered by both profit and cash flow. This generally suggests the dividend is sustainable, as long as earnings don’t drop precipitously.

With a strong net cash balance, Yadea Group Holdings investors may not have much to worry about in the near term from a dividend perspective.

Consider getting our latest analysis on Yadea Group Holdings’s financial position here.

Dividend Volatility

From the perspective of an income investor who wants to earn dividends for many years, there is not much point buying a stock if its dividend is regularly cut or is not reliable. The dividend has not fluctuated much, but with a relatively short payment history, we can’t be sure this is sustainable across a full market cycle. During the past three-year period, the first annual payment was CN¥0.032 in 2017, compared to CN¥0.034 last year. This works out to be a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of approximately 2.3% a year over that time.

Modest dividend growth is good to see, especially with the payments being relatively stable. However, the payment history is relatively short and we wouldn’t want to rely on this dividend too much.

Dividend Growth Potential

Dividend payments have been consistent over the past few years, but we should always check if earnings per share (EPS) are growing, as this will help maintain the purchasing power of the dividend. Over the past three years, it looks as though Yadea Group Holdings’s EPS have declined at around 8.1% a year. Declining earnings per share over a number of years is not a great sign for the dividend investor. Without some improvement, this does not bode well for the long term value of a company’s dividend.

Conclusion

When we look at a dividend stock, we need to form a judgement on whether the dividend will grow, if the company is able to maintain it in a wide range of economic circumstances, and if the dividend payout is sustainable. It’s great to see that Yadea Group Holdings is paying out a low percentage of its earnings and cash flow. Second, earnings per share have been in decline, and the dividend history is shorter than we’d like. Ultimately, Yadea Group Holdings comes up short on our dividend analysis. It’s not that we think it is a bad company – just that there are likely more appealing dividend prospects out there on this analysis.

Now, if you want to look closer, it would be worth checking out our free research on Yadea Group Holdings management tenure, salary, and performance.

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