China Overseas Grand Oceans Group (HKG:81) Has Announced That It Will Be Increasing Its Dividend To HK$0.30

April 28, 2022
  •  Updated
June 22, 2022
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China Overseas Grand Oceans Group Limited's (HKG:81) dividend will be increasing to HK$0.30 on 16th of August. This will take the dividend yield from 8.4% to 8.7%, providing a nice boost to shareholder returns.

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China Overseas Grand Oceans Group's Payment Has Solid Earnings Coverage

While it is great to have a strong dividend yield, we should also consider whether the payment is sustainable. China Overseas Grand Oceans Group is quite easily earning enough to cover the dividend, however it is being let down by weak cash flows. We think that cash flows should take priority over earnings, so this is definitely a worry for the dividend going forward.

The next year is set to see EPS grow by 5.5%. If the dividend continues on this path, the payout ratio could be 34% by next year, which we think can be pretty sustainable going forward.

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SEHK:81 Historic Dividend April 28th 2022

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. Since 2012, the dividend has gone from CN¥0.027 to CN¥0.31. This implies that the company grew its distributions at a yearly rate of about 28% over that duration. 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

Growing earnings per share could be a mitigating factor when considering the past fluctuations in the dividend. China Overseas Grand Oceans Group has seen EPS rising for the last five years, at 33% per annum. Earnings per share is growing at a solid clip, and the payout ratio is low which we think is an ideal combination in a dividend stock as the company can quite easily raise the dividend in the future.

In Summary

In summary, while it's always good to see the dividend being raised, we don't think China Overseas Grand Oceans Group's payments are rock solid. While China Overseas Grand Oceans Group is earning enough to cover the payments, the cash flows are lacking. Overall, we don't think this company has the makings of a good income stock.

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. Case in point: We've spotted 3 warning signs for China Overseas Grand Oceans Group (of which 2 are concerning!) you should know about. Looking for more high-yielding dividend ideas? Try our collection of strong dividend payers.

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