HLS Therapeutics (TSE:HLS) Has Affirmed Its Dividend Of US$0.05

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Published
May 11, 2021
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HLS Therapeutics Inc. (TSE:HLS) will pay a dividend of US$0.05 on the 15th of September. The dividend yield is 1.1% based on this payment, which is a little bit low compared to the other companies in the industry.

See our latest analysis for HLS Therapeutics

HLS Therapeutics' Distributions May Be Difficult To Sustain

Even a low dividend yield can be attractive if it is sustained for years on end. Even though HLS Therapeutics is not generating a profit, it is still paying a dividend. It is also not generating any free cash flow, we definitely have concerns when it comes to the sustainability of the dividend.

Over the next year, EPS is forecast to expand by 72.9%. While it is good to see income moving in the right direction, it still looks like the company won't achieve profitability. Unless this happens fairly soon, the dividend could start to come under pressure.

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TSX:HLS Historic Dividend May 12th 2021

HLS Therapeutics Doesn't Have A Long Payment History

Looking back, the dividend has been stable, but the company hasn't been paying a dividend for very long so we can't be confident that the dividend will remain stable through all economic environments. Since 2018, the first annual payment was US$0.15, compared to the most recent full-year payment of US$0.16. This means that it has been growing its distributions at 2.9% per annum over that time. HLS Therapeutics hasn't been paying a dividend for very long, so we wouldn't get to excited about its record of growth just yet.

Dividend Growth May Be Hard To Come By

Investors could be attracted to the stock based on the quality of its payment history. However, things aren't all that rosy. In the last five years, HLS Therapeutics' earnings per share has shrunk at approximately 6.2% per annum. If earnings continue declining, the company may have to make the difficult choice of reducing the dividend or even stopping it completely - the opposite of dividend growth. It's not all bad news though, as the earnings are predicted to rise over the next 12 months - we would just be a bit cautious until this can turn into a longer term trend.

We're Not Big Fans Of HLS Therapeutics' Dividend

Overall, while some might be pleased that the dividend wasn't cut, we think this may help HLS Therapeutics make more consistent payments in the future. The company seems to be stretching itself a bit to make such big payments, but it doesn't appear they can be consistent over time. Overall, this doesn't get us very excited from an income standpoint.

It's important to note that companies having a consistent dividend policy will generate greater investor confidence than those having an erratic one. However, there are other things to consider for investors when analysing stock performance. As an example, we've identified 2 warning signs for HLS Therapeutics that you should be aware of before investing. Looking for more high-yielding dividend ideas? Try our curated list of strong dividend payers.

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