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Blue Moon Group Holdings' (HKG:6993) Dividend Will Be Increased To HK$0.168

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Blue Moon Group Holdings Limited's (HKG:6993) dividend will be increasing from last year's payment of the same period to HK$0.168 on 28th of July. This will take the dividend yield to an attractive 3.3%, providing a nice boost to shareholder returns.

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Blue Moon Group Holdings' Earnings Easily Cover The Distributions

If the payments aren't sustainable, a high yield for a few years won't matter that much. Based on the last payment, Blue Moon Group Holdings' profits didn't cover the dividend, but the company was generating enough cash instead. Generally, we think cash is more important than accounting measures of profit, so with the cash flows easily covering the dividend, we don't think there is much reason to worry.

Over the next year, EPS is forecast to expand by 152.0%. If the dividend continues along recent trends, we estimate the payout ratio will be 64%, which would make us comfortable with the sustainability of the dividend, despite the levels currently being quite high.

SEHK:6993 Historic Dividend March 30th 2023

Blue Moon Group Holdings Doesn't Have A Long Payment History

The dividend hasn't seen any major cuts in the past, but the company has only been paying a dividend for 2 years, which isn't that long in the grand scheme of things. Since 2021, the dividend has gone from HK$0.069 total annually to HK$0.168. This implies that the company grew its distributions at a yearly rate of about 56% over that duration. It is always nice to see strong dividend growth, but with such a short payment history we wouldn't be inclined to rely on it until a longer track record can be developed.

Dividend Growth Could Be Constrained

Some investors will be chomping at the bit to buy some of the company's stock based on its dividend history. Blue Moon Group Holdings has seen EPS rising for the last five years, at 43% per annum. While EPS is growing rapidly, Blue Moon Group Holdings paid out a very high 154% of its income as dividends. If earnings continue to grow, this dividend may be sustainable, but we think a payout this high definitely bears watching.

Our Thoughts On Blue Moon Group Holdings' Dividend

Overall, we always like to see the dividend being raised, but we don't think Blue Moon Group Holdings will make a great income stock. The company is generating plenty of cash, which could maintain the dividend for a while, but the track record hasn't been great. We would be a touch cautious of relying on this stock primarily for the dividend income.

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