There's A Lot To Like About China Resources Gas Group's (HKG:1193) Upcoming HK$0.78 Dividend

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Simply Wall St
Published
May 20, 2021
SEHK:1193
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Readers hoping to buy China Resources Gas Group Limited (HKG:1193) for its dividend will need to make their move shortly, as the stock is about to trade ex-dividend. The ex-dividend date occurs one day before the record date which is the day on which shareholders need to be on the company's books in order to receive a dividend. The ex-dividend date is an important date to be aware of as any purchase of the stock made on or after this date might mean a late settlement that doesn't show on the record date. Therefore, if you purchase China Resources Gas Group's shares on or after the 25th of May, you won't be eligible to receive the dividend, when it is paid on the 15th of June.

The company's next dividend payment will be HK$0.78 per share, on the back of last year when the company paid a total of HK$0.93 to shareholders. Based on the last year's worth of payments, China Resources Gas Group stock has a trailing yield of around 2.0% on the current share price of HK$46.3. We love seeing companies pay a dividend, but it's also important to be sure that laying the golden eggs isn't going to kill our golden goose! That's why we should always check whether the dividend payments appear sustainable, and if the company is growing.

Check out our latest analysis for China Resources Gas Group

If a company pays out more in dividends than it earned, then the dividend might become unsustainable - hardly an ideal situation. China Resources Gas Group paid out a comfortable 40% of its profit last year. 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 48% of its free cash flow in the past year.

It's positive to see that China Resources Gas Group'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 the company's payout ratio, plus analyst estimates of its future dividends.

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SEHK:1193 Historic Dividend May 20th 2021

Have Earnings And Dividends Been Growing?

Companies with consistently growing earnings per share generally make the best dividend stocks, as they usually find it easier to grow dividends per share. Investors love dividends, so if earnings fall and the dividend is reduced, expect a stock to be sold off heavily at the same time. For this reason, we're glad to see China Resources Gas Group's earnings per share have risen 12% per annum over the last five years. Earnings per share have been growing rapidly and the company is retaining a majority of its earnings within the business. This will make it easier to fund future growth efforts and we think this is an attractive combination - plus the dividend can always be increased later.

Many investors will assess a company's dividend performance by evaluating how much the dividend payments have changed over time. In the past 10 years, China Resources Gas Group has increased its dividend at approximately 30% a year on average. 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 China Resources Gas Group for the upcoming dividend? We love that China Resources Gas Group is growing earnings per share while simultaneously paying out a low percentage of both its earnings and cash flow. These characteristics suggest the company is reinvesting in growing its business, while the conservative payout ratio also implies a reduced risk of the dividend being cut in the future. There's a lot to like about China Resources Gas Group, and we would prioritise taking a closer look at it.

With that in mind, a critical part of thorough stock research is being aware of any risks that stock currently faces. To help with this, we've discovered 1 warning sign for China Resources Gas Group that you should be aware of before investing in their shares.

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