Is CLP Holdings Limited (HKG:2) A Smart Choice For Dividend Investors?

Dividends can be underrated but they form a large part of investment returns, playing an important role in compounding returns in the long run. Historically, CLP Holdings Limited (HKG:2) has paid dividends to shareholders, and these days it yields 3.3%. Should it have a place in your portfolio? Let’s take a look at CLP Holdings in more detail.

Check out our latest analysis for CLP Holdings

How I analyze a dividend stock

When researching a dividend stock, I always follow the following screening criteria:

  • Does it pay an annual yield higher than 75% of dividend payers?
  • Has its dividend been stable over the past (i.e. no missed payments or significant payout cuts)?
  • Has dividend per share risen in the past couple of years?
  • Is its earnings sufficient to payout dividend at the current rate?
  • Based on future earnings growth, will it be able to continue to payout dividend at the current rate?
SEHK:2 Historical Dividend Yield, March 23rd 2019
SEHK:2 Historical Dividend Yield, March 23rd 2019

Does CLP Holdings pass our checks?

CLP Holdings has a trailing twelve-month payout ratio of 56%, meaning the dividend is sufficiently covered by earnings. In the near future, analysts are predicting a higher payout ratio of 67% which, assuming the share price stays the same, leads to a dividend yield of 3.5%. However, EPS is forecasted to fall to HK$5.03 in the upcoming year. Therefore, although payout is expected to increase, the fall in earnings may not equate to higher dividend income.

If you want to dive deeper into the sustainability of a certain payout ratio, you may wish to consider the cash flow of the business. A company with strong cash flow, relative to earnings, can sometimes sustain a high pay out ratio.

If dividend is a key criteria in your investment consideration, then you need to make sure the dividend stock you’re eyeing out is reliable in its payments. Whilst its per-share payments have increased during the past 10 years, there has been some hiccups. Shareholders would have seen a few years of reduced payments in this time.

Compared to its peers, CLP Holdings produces a yield of 3.3%, which is on the low-side for Electric Utilities stocks.

Next Steps:

Taking into account the dividend metrics, CLP Holdings ticks most of the boxes as a strong dividend investment, putting it in my list of top dividend payers. Given that this is purely a dividend analysis, I urge potential investors to try and get a good understanding of the underlying business and its fundamentals before deciding on an investment. There are three key aspects you should further research:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for 2’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for 2’s outlook.
  2. Valuation: What is 2 worth today? Even if the stock is a cash cow, it’s not worth an infinite price. The intrinsic value infographic in our free research report helps visualize whether 2 is currently mispriced by the market.
  3. Other Dividend Rockstars: Are there better dividend payers with stronger fundamentals out there? Check out our free list of these great stocks here.

We aim to bring you long-term focused research analysis driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis may not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements or qualitative material.

If you spot an error that warrants correction, please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com. This article by Simply Wall St is general in nature. It does not constitute a recommendation to buy or sell any stock, and does not take account of your objectives, or your financial situation. Simply Wall St has no position in the stocks mentioned. Thank you for reading.