Why You Might Be Interested In Henan Jinma Energy Company Limited (HKG:6885) For Its Upcoming Dividend

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Simply Wall St
Published
May 21, 2021
SEHK:6885
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Henan Jinma Energy Company Limited (HKG:6885) is about to trade ex-dividend in the next 4 days. The ex-dividend date is usually set to be one business day before the record date which is the cut-off date on which you must be present on the company's books as a shareholder in order to receive the dividend. It is important to be aware of the ex-dividend date because any trade on the stock needs to have been settled on or before the record date. Meaning, you will need to purchase Henan Jinma Energy's shares before the 27th of May to receive the dividend, which will be paid on the 30th of June.

The company's upcoming dividend is CN¥0.20 a share, following on from the last 12 months, when the company distributed a total of CN¥0.30 per share to shareholders. Calculating the last year's worth of payments shows that Henan Jinma Energy has a trailing yield of 9.8% on the current share price of HK$3.7. Dividends are a major contributor to investment returns for long term holders, but only if the dividend continues to be paid. So we need to check whether the dividend payments are covered, and if earnings are growing.

Check out our latest analysis for Henan Jinma Energy

Dividends are typically paid from company earnings. If a company pays more in dividends than it earned in profit, then the dividend could be unsustainable. Henan Jinma Energy paid out a comfortable 33% of its profit last year. That said, even highly profitable companies sometimes might not generate enough cash to pay the dividend, which is why we should always check if the dividend is covered by cash flow. It paid out more than half (68%) of its free cash flow in the past year, which is within an average range for most companies.

It's positive to see that Henan Jinma Energy's dividend is covered by both profits and cash flow, since this is generally a sign that the dividend is sustainable, and a lower payout ratio usually suggests a greater margin of safety before the dividend gets cut.

Click here to see how much of its profit Henan Jinma Energy paid out over the last 12 months.

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SEHK:6885 Historic Dividend May 22nd 2021

Have Earnings And Dividends Been Growing?

Businesses with strong growth prospects usually make the best dividend payers, because it's easier to grow dividends when earnings per share are improving. If business enters a downturn and the dividend is cut, the company could see its value fall precipitously. It's encouraging to see Henan Jinma Energy has grown its earnings rapidly, up 68% a year for the past five years.

The main way most investors will assess a company's dividend prospects is by checking the historical rate of dividend growth. Henan Jinma Energy has delivered an average of 14% per year annual increase in its dividend, based on the past three years of dividend payments. Both per-share earnings and dividends have both been growing rapidly in recent times, which is great to see.

To Sum It Up

Should investors buy Henan Jinma Energy for the upcoming dividend? From a dividend perspective, we're encouraged to see that earnings per share have been growing, the company is paying out less than half of its earnings, and a bit over half its free cash flow. Overall we think this is an attractive combination and worthy of further research.

While it's tempting to invest in Henan Jinma Energy for the dividends alone, you should always be mindful of the risks involved. For example, we've found 2 warning signs for Henan Jinma Energy that we recommend you consider before investing in the business.

A common investment mistake is buying the first interesting stock you see. Here you can find a list of promising dividend stocks with a greater than 2% yield and an upcoming dividend.

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