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, Xinyuan Real Estate Co Ltd (NYSE:XIN) has paid a dividend to shareholders. It currently yields 9.3%. Let’s dig deeper into whether Xinyuan Real Estate should have a place in your portfolio.
5 checks you should do on a dividend stock
When researching a dividend stock, I always follow the following screening criteria:
- Is its annual yield among the top 25% of dividend-paying companies?
- Has it paid dividend every year without dramatically reducing payout in the past?
- Has the amount of dividend per share grown over the past?
- Can it afford to pay the current rate of dividends from its earnings?
- Based on future earnings growth, will it be able to continue to payout dividend at the current rate?
How does Xinyuan Real Estate fare?
The company currently pays out 87% of its earnings as a dividend, according to its trailing twelve-month data, which means that the dividend is covered by earnings. Furthermore, analysts have not forecasted a dividends per share for the future, which makes it hard to determine the yield shareholders should expect, and whether the current payout is sustainable, moving forward.
When considering the sustainability of dividends, it is also worth checking the cash flow of a company. Cash flow is important because companies with strong cash flow can usually sustain higher payout ratios.
Reliablity is an important factor for dividend stocks, particularly for income investors who want a strong track record of payment and a positive outlook for future payout. Unfortunately, it is really too early to view Xinyuan Real Estate as a dividend investment. It has only been consistently paying dividends for 7 years, however, standard practice for reliable payers is to look for a 10-year minimum track record.
In terms of its peers, Xinyuan Real Estate produces a yield of 9.3%, which is high for Real Estate stocks.
If Xinyuan Real Estate is in your portfolio for cash-generating reasons, there may be better alternatives out there. But if you are not exclusively a dividend investor, the stock could still be an interesting investment opportunity. Given that this is purely a dividend analysis, I recommend taking sufficient time to understand its core business and determine whether the company and its investment properties suit your overall goals. I’ve put together three essential aspects you should further research:
- Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for XIN’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for XIN’s outlook.
- Valuation: What is XIN 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 XIN is currently mispriced by the market.
- 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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