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China Oriental Group Company Limited (HKG:581): Ex-Dividend Is In 4 Days, Should You Buy?

Gerald Huddleston

Investors who want to cash in on China Oriental Group Company Limited’s (HKG:581) upcoming dividend of CN¥0.19 per share have only 4 days left to buy the shares before its ex-dividend date, 12 September 2018, in time for dividends payable on the 10 October 2018. Is this future income stream a compelling catalyst for dividend investors to think about the stock as an investment today? Let’s take a look at China Oriental Group’s most recent financial data to examine its dividend characteristics in more detail.

See our latest analysis for China Oriental Group

Here’s how I find good dividend stocks

If you are a dividend investor, you should always assess these five key metrics:

  • Is their annual yield among the top 25% of dividend payers?
  • Has it consistently paid a stable dividend without missing a payment or drastically cutting payout?
  • Has dividend per share risen in the past couple of years?
  • Is is able to pay the current rate of dividends from its earnings?
  • Will it have the ability to keep paying its dividends going forward?
SEHK:581 Historical Dividend Yield September 7th 18

How does China Oriental Group fare?

China Oriental Group has a trailing twelve-month payout ratio of 20.5%, meaning the dividend is sufficiently covered by earnings. Going forward, analysts expect 581’s payout to increase to 28.9% of its earnings, which leads to a dividend yield of 6.2%. However, EPS is forecasted to fall to CN¥1.25 in the upcoming year. Therefore, although payout is expected to increase, the fall in earnings may not equate to higher dividend income.

If there is one thing that you want to be reliable in your life, it’s dividend stocks and their constant income stream. Whilst its per-share payments have increased during the past 10 years, there has been some hiccups. Investors have seen reductions in the dividend per share in the past, although, it has picked up again.

Relative to peers, China Oriental Group has a yield of 7.8%, which is high for Metals and Mining stocks.

Next Steps:

Taking into account the dividend metrics, China Oriental Group 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 recommend taking sufficient time to understand its core business and determine whether the company and its investment properties suit your overall goals. There are three pertinent aspects you should look at:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for 581’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for 581’s outlook.
  2. Valuation: What is 581 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 581 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.

To help readers see past the short term volatility of the financial market, we aim to bring you a long-term focused research analysis purely driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis does not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements.

The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com.