First Pacific (HKG:142) Has Announced That It Will Be Increasing Its Dividend To HK$0.10

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Simply Wall St
Published
April 20, 2022
SEHK:142
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First Pacific Company Limited (HKG:142) will increase its dividend on the 8th of July to HK$0.10. This will take the annual payment to 6.0% of the stock price, which is above what most companies in the industry pay.

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First Pacific Is Paying Out More Than It Is Earning

We like to see robust dividend yields, but that doesn't matter if the payment isn't sustainable. Prior to this announcement, First Pacific's dividend was comfortably covered by both cash flow and earnings. This indicates that quite a large proportion of earnings is being invested back into the business.

The next 12 months is set to see EPS grow by 101.3%. If the dividend continues on its recent course, the payout ratio in 12 months could be 164%, which is a bit high and could start applying pressure to the balance sheet.

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SEHK:142 Historic Dividend April 20th 2022

Dividend Volatility

While the company has been paying a dividend for a long time, it has cut the dividend at least once in the last 10 years. The first annual payment during the last 10 years was US$0.026 in 2012, and the most recent fiscal year payment was US$0.026. The dividend has shrunk at a rate of less than 1% a year over this period. A company that decreases its dividend over time generally isn't what we are looking for.

The Dividend Looks Likely To Grow

Given that the dividend has been cut in the past, we need to check if earnings are growing and if that might lead to stronger dividends in the future. It's encouraging to see First Pacific has been growing its earnings per share at 21% a year over the past five years. The company doesn't have any problems growing, despite returning a lot of capital to shareholders, which is a very nice combination for a dividend stock to have.

We Really Like First Pacific's Dividend

Overall, we think this could be an attractive income stock, and it is only getting better by paying a higher dividend this year. The company is easily earning enough to cover its dividend payments and it is great to see that these earnings are being translated into cash flow. All in all, this checks a lot of the boxes we look for when choosing an income stock.

Investors generally tend to favour companies with a consistent, stable dividend policy as opposed to those operating an irregular one. Still, investors need to consider a host of other factors, apart from dividend payments, when analysing a company. To that end, First Pacific has 2 warning signs (and 1 which is significant) we think you should know about. If you are a dividend investor, you might also want to look at our curated list of high yield dividend stocks.

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