Is Good Friend International Holdings Inc. (HKG:2398) A Smart Pick For Income Investors?

Dividends play a key role in compounding returns over time and can form a large part of our portfolio return. Historically, Good Friend International Holdings Inc. (HKG:2398) has paid dividends to shareholders, and these days it yields 7.1%. Does Good Friend International Holdings tick all the boxes of a great dividend stock? Below, I’ll take you through my analysis.

See our latest analysis for Good Friend International Holdings

How I analyze a dividend stock

When assessing a stock as a potential addition to my dividend Portfolio, I look at these five areas:

  • Is its annual yield among the top 25% of dividend-paying companies?
  • Does it consistently pay out dividends without missing a payment of significantly cutting payout?
  • Has dividend per share risen in the past couple of years?
  • Is is able to pay the current rate of dividends from its earnings?
  • Will it have the ability to keep paying its dividends going forward?
SEHK:2398 Historical Dividend Yield December 24th 18
SEHK:2398 Historical Dividend Yield December 24th 18

Does Good Friend International Holdings pass our checks?

Good Friend International Holdings has a trailing twelve-month payout ratio of 90%, which means that the dividend is covered by earnings. Furthermore, analysts have not forecasted a dividends per share for the future, which makes it hard to determine the yield shareholders should expect, and whether the current payout is sustainable, moving forward.

When considering the sustainability of dividends, it is also worth checking the cash flow of a company. Companies with strong cash flow can sustain a higher payout ratio, while companies with weaker cash flow generally cannot.

If there’s one type of stock you want to be reliable, it’s dividend stocks and their stable income-generating ability. Not only have dividend payouts from Good Friend International Holdings fallen over the past 10 years, it has also been highly volatile during this time, with drops of over 25% in some years. These characteristics do not bode well for income investors seeking reliable stream of dividends.

In terms of its peers, Good Friend International Holdings has a yield of 7.1%, which is high for Machinery stocks.

Next Steps:

If Good Friend International Holdings 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, I recommend taking sufficient time to understand its core business and determine whether the company and its investment properties suit your overall goals. Below, I’ve compiled three relevant aspects you should further research:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for 2398’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for 2398’s outlook.
  2. Historical Performance: What has 2398’s returns been like over the past? Go into more detail in the past track record analysis and take a look at the free visual representations of our analysis for more clarity.
  3. Dividend Rockstars: Are there better dividend payers with stronger fundamentals out there? Check out our free list of these great stocks here.

To help readers see past the short term volatility of the financial market, we aim to bring you a long-term focused research analysis purely driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis does not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements.

The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com.