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Should Income Investors Look At Goldlion Holdings Limited (HKG:533) Before Its Ex-Dividend?

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Goldlion Holdings Limited (HKG:533) is about to trade ex-dividend in the next 4 days. You can purchase shares before the 3rd of September in order to receive the dividend, which the company will pay on the 17th of September.

Goldlion Holdings's next dividend payment will be HK$0.055 per share. Last year, in total, the company distributed HK$0.18 to shareholders. Based on the last year's worth of payments, Goldlion Holdings stock has a trailing yield of around 7.3% on the current share price of HK$2.55. Dividends are a major contributor to investment returns for long term holders, but only if the dividend continues to be paid. So we need to check whether the dividend payments are covered, and if earnings are growing.

See our latest analysis for Goldlion Holdings

Dividends are typically paid from company earnings. If a company pays more in dividends than it earned in profit, then the dividend could be unsustainable. Fortunately Goldlion Holdings's payout ratio is modest, at just 49% of profit. Yet cash flow is typically more important than profit for assessing dividend sustainability, so we should always check if the company generated enough cash to afford its dividend. Dividends consumed 73% of the company's free cash flow last year, which is within a normal range for most dividend-paying organisations.

It's positive to see that Goldlion Holdings's dividend is covered by both profits and cash flow, since this is generally a sign that the dividend is sustainable, and a lower payout ratio usually suggests a greater margin of safety before the dividend gets cut.

Click here to see how much of its profit Goldlion Holdings paid out over the last 12 months.

SEHK:533 Historical Dividend Yield, August 29th 2019

Have Earnings And Dividends Been Growing?

When earnings decline, dividend companies become much harder to analyse and own safely. If business enters a downturn and the dividend is cut, the company could see its value fall precipitously. That's why it's not ideal to see Goldlion Holdings's earnings per share have been shrinking at 2.3% a year over the previous five years.

The main way most investors will assess a company's dividend prospects is by checking the historical rate of dividend growth. Goldlion Holdings has delivered 2.8% dividend growth per year on average over the past 10 years.

Final Takeaway

Is Goldlion Holdings worth buying for its dividend? Earnings per share have fallen significantly, although at least Goldlion Holdings paid out less than half of its profits and free cash flow over the last year, leaving some margin of safety. Overall we're not hugely bearish on the stock, but there are likely better dividend investments out there.

Keen to explore more data on Goldlion Holdings's financial performance? Check out our visualisation of its historical revenue and earnings growth.

If you're in the market for dividend stocks, we recommend checking our list of top dividend stocks with a greater than 2% yield and an upcoming dividend.

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