Kim Loong Resources Berhad (KLSE:KMLOONG) has announced that it will be increasing its dividend from last year's comparable payment on the 29th of August to MYR0.05. This will take the annual payment to 8.6% of the stock price, which is above what most companies in the industry pay.
Kim Loong Resources Berhad Is Paying Out More Than It Is Earning
If the payments aren't sustainable, a high yield for a few years won't matter that much. Based on the last payment, Kim Loong Resources Berhad was quite comfortably earning enough to cover the dividend. This indicates that quite a large proportion of earnings is being invested back into the business.
Looking forward, earnings per share is forecast to fall by 32.0% over the next year. If the dividend continues along the path it has been on recently, the payout ratio in 12 months could be 147%, which is definitely a bit high to be sustainable going forward.
Although the company has a long dividend history, it has been cut at least once in the last 10 years. Since 2012, the annual payment back then was MYR0.0533, compared to the most recent full-year payment of MYR0.14. This works out to be a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of approximately 10% a year over that time. Despite the rapid growth in the dividend over the past number of years, we have seen the payments go down the past as well, so that makes us cautious.
The Dividend Looks Likely To Grow
With a relatively unstable dividend, it's even more important to evaluate if earnings per share is growing, which could point to a growing dividend in the future. Kim Loong Resources Berhad has seen EPS rising for the last five years, at 12% per annum. Since earnings per share is growing at an acceptable rate, and the payout policy is balanced, we think the company is positioning itself well to grow earnings and dividends in the future.
Kim Loong Resources Berhad Looks Like A Great Dividend Stock
Overall, we think this could be an attractive income stock, and it is only getting better by paying a higher dividend this year. The distributions are easily covered by earnings, and there is plenty of cash being generated as well. If earnings do fall over the next 12 months, the dividend could be buffeted a little bit, but we don't think it should cause too much of a problem in the long term. All in all, this checks a lot of the boxes we look for when choosing an income stock.
Market movements attest to how highly valued a consistent dividend policy is compared to one which is more unpredictable. At the same time, there are other factors our readers should be conscious of before pouring capital into a stock. Just as an example, we've come across 3 warning signs for Kim Loong Resources Berhad you should be aware of, and 1 of them is potentially serious. Looking for more high-yielding dividend ideas? Try our collection of strong dividend payers.
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