Is It Worth Considering China Everbright Water Limited (SGX:U9E) For Its Upcoming Dividend?

Attention dividend hunters! China Everbright Water Limited (SGX:U9E) will be distributing its dividend of HK$0.005 per share on the 04 June 2019, and will start trading ex-dividend in 2 days time on the 16 April 2019. Investors looking for higher income-generating stocks to add to their portfolio should keep reading, as I take a deeper dive into China Everbright Water’s latest financial data to analyse its dividend attributes.

See our latest analysis for China Everbright Water

5 questions to ask before buying a dividend stock

Whenever I am looking at a potential dividend stock investment, I always check these five metrics:

  • Is their annual yield among the top 25% of dividend payers?
  • Has its dividend been stable over the past (i.e. no missed payments or significant payout cuts)?
  • Has dividend per share amount increased over the past?
  • Can it afford to pay the current rate of dividends from its earnings?
  • Will the company be able to keep paying dividend based on the future earnings growth?
SGX:U9E Historical Dividend Yield, April 13th 2019
SGX:U9E Historical Dividend Yield, April 13th 2019

How does China Everbright Water fare?

The company currently pays out 22% of its earnings as a dividend, according to its trailing twelve-month data, meaning the dividend is sufficiently covered by earnings. In the near future, analysts are predicting lower payout ratio of 19% which, assuming the share price stays the same, leads to a dividend yield of around 2.8%. However, EPS should increase to HK$0.29, meaning that the lower payout ratio does not necessarily implicate a lower dividend payment.

When assessing the forecast sustainability of a dividend it is also worth considering the cash flow of the business. Companies with strong cash flow can sustain a higher payout ratio, while companies with weaker cash flow generally cannot.

If there’s one type of stock you want to be reliable, it’s dividend stocks and their stable income-generating ability. The reality is that it is too early to consider China Everbright Water as a dividend investment. It has only been consistently paying dividends for 3 years, however, standard practice for reliable payers is to look for a 10-year minimum track record.

Compared to its peers, China Everbright Water produces a yield of 2.9%, which is on the low-side for Water Utilities stocks.

Next Steps:

Taking all the above into account, China Everbright Water is a complicated pick for dividend investors given that there are a couple of positive things about it as well as negative. However, if you are not strictly just a dividend investor, the stock could still offer some interesting investment opportunities. Given that this is purely a dividend analysis, you should always research extensively before deciding whether or not a stock is an appropriate investment for you. I always recommend analysing the company’s fundamentals and underlying business before making an investment decision. Below, I’ve compiled three pertinent factors you should look at:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for U9E’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for U9E’s outlook.
  2. Valuation: What is U9E 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 U9E is currently mispriced by the market.
  3. Dividend Rockstars: Are there better dividend payers with stronger fundamentals out there? Check out our free list of these great stocks here.

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