What To Know Before Buying SINOPEC Engineering (Group) Co., Ltd. (HKG:2386) For Its Dividend

A sizeable part of portfolio returns can be produced by dividend stocks due to their contribution to compounding returns in the long run. Historically, SINOPEC Engineering (Group) Co., Ltd. (HKG:2386) has paid dividends to shareholders, and these days it yields 3.3%. Should it have a place in your portfolio? Let’s take a look at SINOPEC Engineering (Group) in more detail.

See our latest analysis for SINOPEC Engineering (Group)

5 checks you should use to assess a dividend stock

When researching a dividend stock, I always follow the following screening criteria:

  • Is their annual yield among the top 25% of dividend payers?
  • Has it paid dividend every year without dramatically reducing payout in the past?
  • Has dividend per share risen in the past couple of years?
  • Can it afford to pay the current rate of dividends from its earnings?
  • Will the company be able to keep paying dividend based on the future earnings growth?
SEHK:2386 Historical Dividend Yield, March 25th 2019
SEHK:2386 Historical Dividend Yield, March 25th 2019

How well does SINOPEC Engineering (Group) fit our criteria?

The company currently pays out 59% of its earnings as a dividend, according to its trailing twelve-month data, which means that the dividend is covered by earnings. In the near future, analysts are predicting lower payout ratio of 48% which, assuming the share price stays the same, leads to a dividend yield of around 4.9%. However, EPS should increase to CN¥0.65, meaning that the lower payout ratio does not necessarily implicate a lower dividend payment.

If you want to dive deeper into the sustainability of a certain payout ratio, you may wish to consider the cash flow of the business. A company with strong cash flow, relative to earnings, can sometimes sustain a high pay out ratio.

If there’s one type of stock you want to be reliable, it’s dividend stocks and their stable income-generating ability. Unfortunately, it is really too early to view SINOPEC Engineering (Group) as a dividend investment. It has only been consistently paying dividends for 6 years, however, standard practice for reliable payers is to look for a 10-year minimum track record.

Relative to peers, SINOPEC Engineering (Group) has a yield of 3.3%, which is on the low-side for Construction stocks.

Next Steps:

If SINOPEC Engineering (Group) is in your portfolio for cash-generating reasons, there may be better alternatives out there. But if you are not exclusively a dividend investor, the stock could still be an interesting investment opportunity. Given that this is purely a dividend analysis, you should always research extensively before deciding whether or not a stock is an appropriate investment for you. I always recommend analysing the company’s fundamentals and underlying business before making an investment decision. I’ve put together three pertinent factors you should look at:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for 2386’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for 2386’s outlook.
  2. Valuation: What is 2386 worth today? Even if the stock is a cash cow, it’s not worth an infinite price. The intrinsic value infographic in our free research report helps visualize whether 2386 is currently mispriced by the market.
  3. Dividend Rockstars: Are there better dividend payers with stronger fundamentals out there? Check out our free list of these great stocks here.

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