Regular readers will know that we love our dividends at Simply Wall St, which is why it's exciting to see Dragon Crown Group Holdings Limited (HKG:935) is about to trade ex-dividend in the next 3 days. You can purchase shares before the 27th of May in order to receive the dividend, which the company will pay on the 22nd of June.
Dragon Crown Group Holdings's next dividend payment will be HK$0.01 per share, on the back of last year when the company paid a total of HK$0.02 to shareholders. Based on the last year's worth of payments, Dragon Crown Group Holdings stock has a trailing yield of around 3.7% on the current share price of HK$0.54. Dividends are an important source of income to many shareholders, but the health of the business is crucial to maintaining those dividends. So we need to check whether the dividend payments are covered, and if earnings are growing.
Dividends are typically paid out of company income, so if a company pays out more than it earned, its dividend is usually at a higher risk of being cut. It paid out 79% of its earnings as dividends last year, which is not unreasonable, but limits reinvestment in the business and leaves the dividend vulnerable to a business downturn. We'd be concerned if earnings began to decline. That said, even highly profitable companies sometimes might not generate enough cash to pay the dividend, which is why we should always check if the dividend is covered by cash flow. Thankfully its dividend payments took up just 38% of the free cash flow it generated, which is a comfortable payout ratio.
It's positive to see that Dragon Crown Group 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.
Have Earnings And Dividends Been Growing?
Companies with falling earnings are riskier for dividend shareholders. Investors love dividends, so if earnings fall and the dividend is reduced, expect a stock to be sold off heavily at the same time. Readers will understand then, why we're concerned to see Dragon Crown Group Holdings's earnings per share have dropped 15% a year over the past five years. When earnings per share fall, the maximum amount of dividends that can be paid also falls.
Many investors will assess a company's dividend performance by evaluating how much the dividend payments have changed over time. Dragon Crown Group Holdings has seen its dividend decline 11% per annum on average over the past eight years, which is not great to see. It's never nice to see earnings and dividends falling, but at least management has cut the dividend rather than potentially risk the company's health in an attempt to maintain it.
Has Dragon Crown Group Holdings got what it takes to maintain its dividend payments? The payout ratios are within a reasonable range, implying the dividend may be sustainable. Declining earnings are a serious concern, however, and could pose a threat to the dividend in future. While it does have some good things going for it, we're a bit ambivalent and it would take more to convince us of Dragon Crown Group Holdings's dividend merits.
If you want to look further into Dragon Crown Group Holdings, it's worth knowing the risks this business faces. Every company has risks, and we've spotted 4 warning signs for Dragon Crown Group Holdings (of which 1 doesn't sit too well with us!) you should know about.
We wouldn't recommend just buying the first dividend stock you see, though. Here's a list of interesting dividend stocks with a greater than 2% yield and an upcoming dividend.
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