AAG Energy Holdings' (HKG:2686) Dividend Will Be Reduced To HK$0.072

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Published
April 15, 2022
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AAG Energy Holdings Limited (HKG:2686) has announced it will be reducing its dividend payable on the 9th of June to HK$0.072. This means that the annual payment is 5.3% of the current stock price, which is lower than what the rest of the industry is paying.

Check out our latest analysis for AAG Energy Holdings

AAG Energy Holdings' Payment Has Solid Earnings Coverage

While yield is important, another factor to consider about a company's dividend is whether the current payout levels are feasible. Before making this announcement, AAG Energy Holdings was easily earning enough to cover the dividend. This means that most of what the business earns is being used to help it grow.

Over the next year, EPS could expand by 49.6% if recent trends continue. If the dividend continues on this path, the payout ratio could be 26% by next year, which we think can be pretty sustainable going forward.

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SEHK:2686 Historic Dividend April 15th 2022

AAG Energy Holdings' Dividend Has Lacked Consistency

The track record isn't the longest, but we are already seeing a bit of instability in the payments. Since 2018, the first annual payment was CN¥0.02, compared to the most recent full-year payment of CN¥0.059. This works out to be a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of approximately 31% a year over that time. It is great to see strong growth in the dividend payments, but cuts are concerning as it may indicate the payout policy is too ambitious.

The Dividend Looks Likely To Grow

With a relatively unstable dividend, it's even more important to see if earnings per share is growing. AAG Energy Holdings has seen EPS rising for the last five years, at 50% per annum. Earnings per share is growing at a solid clip, and the payout ratio is low which we think is an ideal combination in a dividend stock as the company can quite easily raise the dividend in the future.

We Really Like AAG Energy Holdings' Dividend

In general, we don't like to see the dividend being cut, especially when the company has such high potential like AAG Energy Holdings does. Reducing the amount it is paying as a dividend can protect the company's balance sheet, keeping the dividend sustainable for longer. All of these factors considered, we think this has solid potential as a dividend stock.

Companies possessing a stable dividend policy will likely enjoy greater investor interest than those suffering from a more inconsistent approach. Meanwhile, despite the importance of dividend payments, they are not the only factors our readers should know when assessing a company. As an example, we've identified 2 warning signs for AAG Energy Holdings that you should be aware of before investing. Looking for more high-yielding dividend ideas? Try our collection of strong dividend payers.

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