China SCE Group Holdings' (HKG:1966) Shareholders Will Receive A Bigger Dividend Than Last Year

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August 29, 2021
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China SCE Group Holdings Limited (HKG:1966) has announced that it will be increasing its dividend on the 22nd of October to HK$0.12. This will take the annual payment from 9.3% to 9.7% of the stock price, which is above what most companies in the industry pay.

Check out our latest analysis for China SCE Group Holdings

China SCE Group Holdings' Earnings Easily Cover the Distributions

Impressive dividend yields are good, but this doesn't matter much if the payments can't be sustained. Prior to this announcement, China SCE Group Holdings' earnings easily covered the dividend, but free cash flows were negative. In general, we consider cash flow to be more important than earnings, so we would be cautious about relying on the sustainability of this dividend.

Over the next year, EPS is forecast to expand by 11.6%. Assuming the dividend continues along recent trends, we think the payout ratio could be 34% by next year, which is in a pretty sustainable range.

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SEHK:1966 Historic Dividend August 30th 2021

Dividend Volatility

While the company has been paying a dividend for a long time, it has cut the dividend at least once in the last 10 years. The first annual payment during the last 10 years was CN¥0.058 in 2011, and the most recent fiscal year payment was CN¥0.24. This means that it has been growing its distributions at 15% per annum over that time. Dividends have grown rapidly over this time, but with cuts in the past we are not certain that this stock will be a reliable source of income in the future.

The Dividend Looks Likely To Grow

With a relatively unstable dividend, it's even more important to see if earnings per share is growing. China SCE Group Holdings has impressed us by growing EPS at 29% per year over the past five years. A low payout ratio gives the company a lot of flexibility, and growing earnings also make it very easy for it to grow the dividend.

Our Thoughts On China SCE Group Holdings' Dividend

Overall, this is probably not a great income stock, even though the dividend is being raised at the moment. While China SCE Group Holdings is earning enough to cover the payments, the cash flows are lacking. This company is not in the top tier of income providing stocks.

Companies possessing a stable dividend policy will likely enjoy greater investor interest than those suffering from a more inconsistent approach. Still, investors need to consider a host of other factors, apart from dividend payments, when analysing a company. Just as an example, we've come across 2 warning signs for China SCE Group Holdings you should be aware of, and 1 of them is concerning. Looking for more high-yielding dividend ideas? Try our curated list of strong dividend payers.

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