China Resources Cement Holdings' (HKG:1313) Dividend Will Be Reduced To HK$0.24

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Simply Wall St
Published
September 02, 2021
SEHK:1313
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China Resources Cement Holdings Limited's (HKG:1313) dividend is being reduced to HK$0.24 on the 21st of October. However, the dividend yield of 7.3% is still a decent boost to shareholder returns.

View our latest analysis for China Resources Cement Holdings

China Resources Cement Holdings' Dividend Is Well Covered By Earnings

Impressive dividend yields are good, but this doesn't matter much if the payments can't be sustained. Prior to this announcement, China Resources Cement Holdings was quite comfortably covering its dividend with earnings and it was paying more than 75% of its free cash flow to shareholders. By paying out so much of its cash flows, this could indicate that the company has limited opportunities for investment and growth.

Looking forward, earnings per share is forecast to rise by 1.2% over the next year. If the dividend continues along recent trends, we estimate the payout ratio will be 61%, which is in the range that makes us comfortable with the sustainability of the dividend.

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SEHK:1313 Historic Dividend September 2nd 2021

Dividend Volatility

The company has a long dividend track record, but it doesn't look great with cuts in the past. Since 2011, the first annual payment was HK$0.045, compared to the most recent full-year payment of HK$0.58. This works out to be a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of approximately 29% 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

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 China Resources Cement Holdings has been growing its earnings per share at 32% a year over the past five years. China Resources Cement Holdings is clearly able to grow rapidly while still returning cash to shareholders, positioning it to become a strong dividend payer in the future.

In Summary

Overall, the dividend looks like it may have been a bit high, which explains why it has now been cut. The low payout ratio is a redeeming feature, but generally we are not too happy with the payments China Resources Cement Holdings has been making. We don't think China Resources Cement Holdings is a great stock to add to your portfolio if income is your focus.

Companies possessing a stable dividend policy will likely enjoy greater investor interest than those suffering from a more inconsistent approach. However, there are other things to consider for investors when analysing stock performance. For example, we've picked out 1 warning sign for China Resources Cement Holdings that investors should know about before committing capital to this stock. If you are a dividend investor, you might also want to look at our curated list of high performing dividend stock.

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