Vincent Medical Holdings' (HKG:1612) Dividend Will Be Reduced To HK$0.025

Simply Wall St
April 27, 2022
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Vincent Medical Holdings Limited (HKG:1612) is reducing its dividend to HK$0.025 on the 24th of June. The dividend yield of 5.7% is still a nice boost to shareholder returns, despite the cut.

See our latest analysis for Vincent Medical Holdings

Vincent Medical Holdings' Payment Has Solid Earnings Coverage

If the payments aren't sustainable, a high yield for a few years won't matter that much. Prior to this announcement, Vincent Medical Holdings' 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.

EPS is set to fall by 6.2% over the next 12 months. If recent patterns in the dividend continue, we could see the payout ratio reaching 78% in the next 12 months, which is on the higher end of the range we would say is sustainable.

SEHK:1612 Historic Dividend April 27th 2022

Vincent Medical Holdings' Dividend Has Lacked Consistency

Even in its relatively short history, the company has reduced the dividend at least once. This suggests that the dividend might not be the most reliable. The dividend has gone from HK$0.015 in 2017 to the most recent annual payment of HK$0.05. This implies that the company grew its distributions at a yearly rate of about 27% over that duration. 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

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. Vincent Medical Holdings has seen EPS rising for the last five years, at 12% per annum. Earnings are on the uptrend, and it is only paying a small portion of those earnings to shareholders.

We Really Like Vincent Medical Holdings' Dividend

Overall, we think that Vincent Medical Holdings could be a great option for a dividend investment, although we would have preferred if the dividend wasn't cut this year. The cut will allow the company to continue paying out the dividend without putting the balance sheet under pressure, which means that it could remain sustainable for longer. All in all, this checks a lot of the boxes we look for when choosing an income stock.

Companies possessing a stable dividend policy will likely enjoy greater investor interest than those suffering from a more inconsistent approach. Still, investors need to consider a host of other factors, apart from dividend payments, when analysing a company. Taking the debate a bit further, we've identified 3 warning signs for Vincent Medical Holdings that investors need to be conscious of moving forward. 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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