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Should Income Investors Buy Highway Holdings Limited (HIHO) Before Its Ex-Dividend?

Peter Morris

On the 22 December 2017, Highway Holdings Limited (NASDAQ:HIHO) will be paying shareholders an upcoming dividend amount of $0.06 per share. However, investors must have bought the company’s stock before 07 December 2017 in order to qualify for the payment. That means you have only 3 days left! Investors looking for higher income-generating stocks to add to their portfolio should keep reading, as I examine HIHO’s latest financial data to analyse its dividend characteristics. Check out our latest analysis for Highway Holdings

5 questions I ask before picking a dividend stock

When assessing a stock as a potential addition to my dividend Portfolio, I look at these five areas:

  • Does it pay an annual yield higher than 75% of dividend payers?
  • Does it consistently pay out dividends without missing a payment of significantly cutting payout?
  • Has dividend per share amount increased over the past?
  • Is its earnings sufficient to payout dividend at the current rate?
  • Will it have the ability to keep paying its dividends going forward?
NasdaqCM:HIHO Historical Dividend Yield Dec 4th 17

How does Highway Holdings fare?

The current payout ratio for HIHO is 95.46%, which means that the dividend is not well-covered by its 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. 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. Whilst its per-share payments have increased during the past 10 years, there has been some hiccups. Shareholders would have seen a few years of reduced payments in this time. In terms of its peers, Highway Holdings produces a yield of 5.75%, which is high for machinery stocks.

What this means for you:

Are you a shareholder? Whilst there are few things you may like about Highway Holdings from a dividend stock perspective, the truth is that overall it probably is not the best choice for a dividend investor. It may be worth exploring other income stocks as alternatives to HIHO or even look at high-growth stocks to supplement your steady income stocks. I recommend continuing your research by exploring my interactive free list of dividend rockstars as well as high-growth stocks to potentially add to your holdings.

Are you a potential investor? If you are building an income portfolio, then Highway Holdings is a complicated choice since it has some positive aspects as well as negative ones. However, if you are not strictly just a dividend investor, HIHO could still offer some interesting investment opportunities. I also recommend taking sufficient time to understand its core business and determine whether the company and its investment properties suit your overall goals. Check our latest free fundmental analysis to explore other aspects of HIHO.


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The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned.