Dream International (HKG:1126) Has Re-Affirmed Its Dividend Of HK$0.10

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May 08, 2022
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The board of Dream International Limited (HKG:1126) has announced that it will pay a dividend of HK$0.10 per share on the 27th of May. This means that the annual payment will be 4.6% of the current stock price, which is in line with the average for the industry.

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Dream International's Dividend Is Well Covered By Earnings

Solid dividend yields are great, but they only really help us if the payment is sustainable. Before making this announcement, Dream International was earning enough to cover the dividend, but it wasn't generating any free cash flows. In general, we consider cash flow to be more important than earnings, so we would be cautious about relying on the sustainability of this dividend.

EPS is set to fall by 8.1% over the next 12 months if recent trends continue. If the dividend continues along the path it has been on recently, we estimate the payout ratio could be 56%, which is definitely feasible to continue.

SEHK:1126 Historic Dividend May 8th 2022

Dream International's Dividend Has Lacked Consistency

It's comforting to see that Dream International has been paying a dividend for a number of years now, however it has been cut at least once in that time. This suggests that the dividend might not be the most reliable. The first annual payment during the last 9 years was HK$0.08 in 2013, and the most recent fiscal year payment was HK$0.12. This means that it has been growing its distributions at 4.6% per annum over that time. We're glad to see the dividend has risen, but with a limited rate of growth and fluctuations in the payments the total shareholder return may be limited.

Dividend Growth Is Doubtful

With a relatively unstable dividend, it's even more important to evaluate if earnings per share is growing, which could point to a growing dividend in the future. In the last five years, Dream International's earnings per share has shrunk at approximately 8.1% per annum. If the company is making less over time, it naturally follows that it will also have to pay out less in dividends.

The Dividend Could Prove To Be Unreliable

In summary, while it's good to see that the dividend hasn't been cut, we are a bit cautious about Dream International's payments, as there could be some issues with sustaining them into the future. While the low payout ratio is redeeming feature, this is offset by the minimal cash to cover the payments. Overall, we don't think this company has the makings of a good income stock.

Market movements attest to how highly valued a consistent dividend policy is compared to one which is more unpredictable. At the same time, there are other factors our readers should be conscious of before pouring capital into a stock. To that end, Dream International has 3 warning signs (and 1 which is significant) we think you should know about. Looking for more high-yielding dividend ideas? Try our collection of strong dividend payers.

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