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Perennial Energy Holdings (HKG:2798) Will Pay A Dividend Of HK$0.037

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The board of Perennial Energy Holdings Limited (HKG:2798) has announced that it will pay a dividend of HK$0.037 per share on the 27th of June. This payment means the dividend yield will be 2.4%, which is below the average for the industry.

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Perennial Energy Holdings' Earnings Easily Cover the Distributions

If it is predictable over a long period, even low dividend yields can be attractive. Perennial Energy Holdings is quite easily earning enough to cover the dividend, however it is being let down by weak cash flows. With the company not bringing in any cash, paying out to shareholders is bound to become difficult at some point.

Over the next year, EPS could expand by 15.2% if recent trends continue. If the dividend continues along recent trends, we estimate the payout ratio will be 17%, which is in the range that makes us comfortable with the sustainability of the dividend.

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SEHK:2798 Historic Dividend April 27th 2022

Perennial Energy Holdings Is Still Building Its Track Record

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 2020, the dividend has gone from CN¥0.021 to CN¥0.03. This implies that the company grew its distributions at a yearly rate of about 21% over that duration. The dividend has been growing rapidly, however with such a short payment history we can't know for sure if payment can continue to grow over the long term, so caution may be warranted.

The Dividend Looks Likely To Grow

Investors who have held shares in the company for the past few years will be happy with the dividend income they have received. It's encouraging to see Perennial Energy Holdings has been growing its earnings per share at 15% a year over the past five years. A low payout ratio and decent growth suggests that the company is reinvesting well, and it also has plenty of room to increase the dividend over time.

In Summary

Overall, it's nice to see a consistent dividend payment, but we think that longer term, the current level of payment might be unsustainable. While the low payout ratio is redeeming feature, this is offset by the minimal cash to cover the payments. We would be a touch cautious of relying on this stock primarily for the dividend income.

Market movements attest to how highly valued a consistent dividend policy is compared to one which is more unpredictable. However, there are other things to consider for investors when analysing stock performance. Taking the debate a bit further, we've identified 1 warning sign for Perennial Energy Holdings that investors need to be conscious of moving forward. Is Perennial Energy Holdings not quite the opportunity you were looking for? Why not check out our selection of top dividend stocks.

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