Should You Buy China Boqi Environmental (Holding) Co., Ltd. (HKG:2377) For Its Dividend?

Dividends play a key role in compounding returns over time and can form a large part of our portfolio return. Recently, China Boqi Environmental (Holding) Co., Ltd. (HKG:2377) has started paying dividends to shareholders. Today it yields 5.5%. Does China Boqi Environmental (Holding) tick all the boxes of a great dividend stock? Below, I’ll take you through my analysis.

Check out our latest analysis for China Boqi Environmental (Holding)

5 checks you should use to assess a dividend stock

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

  • 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 amount increased over the past?
  • Does earnings amply cover its dividend payments?
  • Will it have the ability to keep paying its dividends going forward?
SEHK:2377 Historical Dividend Yield, April 3rd 2019
SEHK:2377 Historical Dividend Yield, April 3rd 2019

Does China Boqi Environmental (Holding) pass our checks?

The company currently pays out 18% 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 a higher payout ratio of 22% which, assuming the share price stays the same, leads to a dividend yield of 7.8%.

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 business with strong cash flow can sustain a higher divided payout ratio than a company with weak cash flow.

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 China Boqi Environmental (Holding) as a dividend investment. It has only been paying out dividend for the past one year. Generally, the rule of thumb for determining whether a stock is a reliable dividend payer is that it should be consistently paying dividends for the past 10 years or more. Clearly there’s a long road ahead before we can ascertain whether 2377 one as a stable dividend player.

Compared to its peers, China Boqi Environmental (Holding) has a yield of 5.5%, which is high for Commercial Services stocks.

Next Steps:

With this in mind, I definitely rank China Boqi Environmental (Holding) as a strong dividend stock, and makes it worth further research for anyone who likes steady income generation from their portfolio. Given that this is purely a dividend analysis, I urge potential investors to try and get a good understanding of the underlying business and its fundamentals before deciding on an investment. Below, I’ve compiled three pertinent factors you should look at:

  1. Valuation: What is 2377 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 2377 is currently mispriced by the market.
  2. Management Team: An experienced management team on the helm increases our confidence in the business – take a look at who sits on China Boqi Environmental (Holding)’s board and the CEO’s back ground.
  3. Other 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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