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You Have To Love Korea Export Packaging Industrial Co.,Ltd's (KRX:002200) Dividend

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Dividend paying stocks like Korea Export Packaging Industrial Co.,Ltd (KRX:002200) tend to be popular with investors, and for good reason - some research suggests a significant amount of all stock market returns come from reinvested dividends. Yet sometimes, investors buy a popular dividend stock because of its yield, and then lose money if the company's dividend doesn't live up to expectations.

A 2.6% yield is nothing to get excited about, but investors probably think the long payment history suggests Korea Export Packaging IndustrialLtd has some staying power. The company also bought back stock during the year, equivalent to approximately 1.2% of the company's market capitalisation at the time. Some simple research can reduce the risk of buying Korea Export Packaging IndustrialLtd for its dividend - read on to learn more.

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KOSE:A002200 Historic Dividend March 23rd 2021

Payout ratios

Dividends are usually paid out of company earnings. If a company is paying more than it earns, then the dividend might become unsustainable - hardly an ideal situation. As a result, we should always investigate whether a company can afford its dividend, measured as a percentage of a company's net income after tax. In the last year, Korea Export Packaging IndustrialLtd paid out 29% of its profit as dividends. This is a medium payout level that leaves enough capital in the business to fund opportunities that might arise, while also rewarding shareholders. Besides, if reinvestment opportunities dry up, the company has room to increase the dividend.

Another important check we do is to see if the free cash flow generated is sufficient to pay the dividend. Korea Export Packaging IndustrialLtd's cash payout ratio last year was 14%. Cash flows are typically lumpy, but this looks like an appropriately conservative payout. It's encouraging to see that the dividend is covered by both profit and cash flow. This generally suggests the dividend is sustainable, as long as earnings don't drop precipitously.

While the above analysis focuses on dividends relative to a company's earnings, we do note Korea Export Packaging IndustrialLtd's strong net cash position, which will let it pay larger dividends for a time, should it choose.

We update our data on Korea Export Packaging IndustrialLtd every 24 hours, so you can always get our latest analysis of its financial health, here.

Dividend Volatility

Before buying a stock for its income, we want to see if the dividends have been stable in the past, and if the company has a track record of maintaining its dividend. For the purpose of this article, we only scrutinise the last decade of Korea Export Packaging IndustrialLtd's dividend payments. The dividend has been stable over the past 10 years, which is great. We think this could suggest some resilience to the business and its dividends. During the past 10-year period, the first annual payment was ₩500 in 2011, compared to ₩600 last year. Dividends per share have grown at approximately 1.8% per year over this time.

Dividends have grown relatively slowly, which is not great, but some investors may value the relative consistency of the dividend.

Dividend Growth Potential

Dividend payments have been consistent over the past few years, but we should always check if earnings per share (EPS) are growing, as this will help maintain the purchasing power of the dividend. Strong earnings per share (EPS) growth might encourage our interest in the company despite fluctuating dividends, which is why it's great to see Korea Export Packaging IndustrialLtd has grown its earnings per share at 54% per annum over the past five years. With high earnings per share growth in recent times and a modest payout ratio, we think this is an attractive combination if earnings can be reinvested to generate further growth.

Conclusion

Dividend investors should always want to know if a) a company's dividends are affordable, b) if there is a track record of consistent payments, and c) if the dividend is capable of growing. Firstly, we like that Korea Export Packaging IndustrialLtd has low and conservative payout ratios. That said, we were glad to see it growing earnings and paying a fairly consistent dividend. Korea Export Packaging IndustrialLtd has met all of our criteria, including having strong cash flow that covers the dividend. We definitely think it would be worthwhile looking closer.

Market movements attest to how highly valued a consistent dividend policy is compared to one which is more unpredictable. Still, investors need to consider a host of other factors, apart from dividend payments, when analysing a company. As an example, we've identified 2 warning signs for Korea Export Packaging IndustrialLtd that you should be aware of before investing.

We have also put together a list of global stocks with a market capitalisation above $1bn and yielding more 3%.

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