It Might Not Be A Great Idea To Buy Glorious Sun Enterprises Limited (HKG:393) For Its Next Dividend

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Simply Wall St
Published
September 05, 2021
SEHK:393
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It looks like Glorious Sun Enterprises Limited (HKG:393) is about to go ex-dividend in the next three 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. The ex-dividend date is of consequence because whenever a stock is bought or sold, the trade takes at least two business day to settle. This means that investors who purchase Glorious Sun Enterprises' shares on or after the 10th of September will not receive the dividend, which will be paid on the 28th of September.

The company's upcoming dividend is HK$0.02 a share, following on from the last 12 months, when the company distributed a total of HK$0.06 per share to shareholders. Looking at the last 12 months of distributions, Glorious Sun Enterprises has a trailing yield of approximately 7.6% on its current stock price of HK$0.82. Dividends are an important source of income to many shareholders, but the health of the business is crucial to maintaining those dividends. We need to see whether the dividend is covered by earnings and if it's growing.

Check out our latest analysis for Glorious Sun Enterprises

If a company pays out more in dividends than it earned, then the dividend might become unsustainable - hardly an ideal situation. Last year Glorious Sun Enterprises paid out 104% of its profits as dividends to shareholders, suggesting the dividend is not well covered by earnings. Yet cash flow is typically more important than profit for assessing dividend sustainability, so we should always check if the company generated enough cash to afford its dividend. Fortunately, it paid out only 43% of its free cash flow in the past year.

It's disappointing to see that the dividend was not covered by profits, but cash is more important from a dividend sustainability perspective, and Glorious Sun Enterprises fortunately did generate enough cash to fund its dividend. Still, if the company repeatedly paid a dividend greater than its profits, we'd be concerned. Extraordinarily few companies are capable of persistently paying a dividend that is greater than their profits.

Click here to see how much of its profit Glorious Sun Enterprises paid out over the last 12 months.

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SEHK:393 Historic Dividend September 6th 2021

Have Earnings And Dividends Been Growing?

Companies with falling earnings are riskier for dividend shareholders. If earnings decline and the company is forced to cut its dividend, investors could watch the value of their investment go up in smoke. Readers will understand then, why we're concerned to see Glorious Sun Enterprises's earnings per share have dropped 6.5% a year over the past five years. When earnings per share fall, the maximum amount of dividends that can be paid also falls.

Many investors will assess a company's dividend performance by evaluating how much the dividend payments have changed over time. Glorious Sun Enterprises's dividend payments per share have declined at 11% per year on average over the past 10 years, which is uninspiring. While it's not great that earnings and dividends per share have fallen in recent years, we're encouraged by the fact that management has trimmed the dividend rather than risk over-committing the company in a risky attempt to maintain yields to shareholders.

To Sum It Up

Should investors buy Glorious Sun Enterprises for the upcoming dividend? It's never great to see earnings per share declining, especially when a company is paying out 104% of its profit as dividends, which we feel is uncomfortably high. Yet cashflow was much stronger, which makes us wonder if there are some large timing issues in Glorious Sun Enterprises's cash flows, or perhaps the company has written down some assets aggressively, reducing its income. It's not the most attractive proposition from a dividend perspective, and we'd probably give this one a miss for now.

Having said that, if you're looking at this stock without much concern for the dividend, you should still be familiar of the risks involved with Glorious Sun Enterprises. Our analysis shows 2 warning signs for Glorious Sun Enterprises that we strongly recommend you have a look at before investing in the company.

If you're in the market for dividend stocks, we recommend checking our list of top dividend stocks with a greater than 2% yield and an upcoming dividend.

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