Three Things You Should Check Before Buying Dawnrays Pharmaceutical (Holdings) Limited (HKG:2348) For Its Dividend

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Simply Wall St
Published
November 23, 2020
SEHK:2348

Is Dawnrays Pharmaceutical (Holdings) Limited (HKG:2348) a good dividend stock? How can we tell? Dividend paying companies with growing earnings can be highly rewarding in the long term. If you are hoping to live on your dividends, it's important to be more stringent with your investments than the average punter. Regular readers know we like to apply the same approach to each dividend stock, and we hope you'll find our analysis useful.

A high yield and a long history of paying dividends is an appealing combination for Dawnrays Pharmaceutical (Holdings). It would not be a surprise to discover that many investors buy it for the dividends. The company also bought back stock during the year, equivalent to approximately 2.9% of the company's market capitalisation at the time. Some simple research can reduce the risk of buying Dawnrays Pharmaceutical (Holdings) for its dividend - read on to learn more.

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SEHK:2348 Historic Dividend November 24th 2020

Payout ratios

Dividends are typically paid from company earnings. If a company pays more in dividends than it earned, then the dividend might become unsustainable - hardly an ideal situation. As a result, we should always investigate whether a company can afford its dividend, measured as a percentage of a company's net income after tax. Dawnrays Pharmaceutical (Holdings) paid out 35% of its profit as dividends, over the trailing twelve month period. This is a middling range that strikes a nice balance between paying dividends to shareholders, and retaining enough earnings to invest in future growth. One of the risks is that management reinvests the retained capital poorly instead of paying a higher dividend.

Another important check we do is to see if the free cash flow generated is sufficient to pay the dividend. Dawnrays Pharmaceutical (Holdings)'s cash payout ratio in the last year was 49%, which suggests dividends were well covered by cash generated by the business. It's positive to see that Dawnrays Pharmaceutical (Holdings)'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.

With a strong net cash balance, Dawnrays Pharmaceutical (Holdings) investors may not have much to worry about in the near term from a dividend perspective.

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Dividend Volatility

One of the major risks of relying on dividend income, is the potential for a company to struggle financially and cut its dividend. Not only is your income cut, but the value of your investment declines as well - nasty. For the purpose of this article, we only scrutinise the last decade of Dawnrays Pharmaceutical (Holdings)'s dividend payments. Its dividend payments have declined on at least one occasion over the past 10 years. During the past 10-year period, the first annual payment was CN¥0.03 in 2010, compared to CN¥0.05 last year. This works out to be a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of approximately 5.2% a year over that time. The growth in dividends has not been linear, but the CAGR is a decent approximation of the rate of change over this time frame.

Dividends have grown at a reasonable rate, but with at least one substantial cut in the payments, we're not certain this dividend stock would be ideal for someone intending to live on the income.

Dividend Growth Potential

With a relatively unstable dividend, it's even more important to see if earnings per share (EPS) are growing. Why take the risk of a dividend getting cut, unless there's a good chance of bigger dividends in future? Dawnrays Pharmaceutical (Holdings) has grown its earnings per share at 3.4% per annum over the past five years. A payout ratio below 50% leaves ample room to reinvest in the business, and provides finanical flexibility. Earnings per share growth have grown slowly, which is not great, but if the retained earnings can be reinvested effectively, future growth may be stronger.

Conclusion

Dividend investors should always want to know if a) a company's dividends are affordable, b) if there is a track record of consistent payments, and c) if the dividend is capable of growing. First, we like that the company's dividend payments appear well covered, although the retained capital also needs to be effectively reinvested. Unfortunately, earnings growth has also been mediocre, and the company has cut its dividend at least once in the past. Dawnrays Pharmaceutical (Holdings) has a number of positive attributes, but it falls slightly short of our (admittedly high) standards. Were there evidence of a strong moat or an attractive valuation, it could still be well worth a look.

Investors generally tend to favour companies with a consistent, stable dividend policy as opposed to those operating an irregular one. However, there are other things to consider for investors when analysing stock performance. To that end, Dawnrays Pharmaceutical (Holdings) has 2 warning signs (and 1 which doesn't sit too well with us) we think you should know about.

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