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KWG Group Holdings Limited (HKG:1813) Looks Like A Good Stock, And It's Going Ex-Dividend Soon

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Regular readers will know that we love our dividends at Simply Wall St, which is why it's exciting to see KWG Group Holdings Limited (HKG:1813) is about to trade ex-dividend in the next 3 days. Ex-dividend means that investors that purchase the stock on or after the 12th of September will not receive this dividend, which will be paid on the 16th of January.

KWG Group Holdings's next dividend payment will be CN¥0.32 per share, and in the last 12 months, the company paid a total of CN¥0.56 per share. Last year's total dividend payments show that KWG Group Holdings has a trailing yield of 8.6% on the current share price of HK$7.18. We love seeing companies pay a dividend, but it's also important to be sure that laying the golden eggs isn't going to kill our golden goose! As a result, readers should always check whether KWG Group Holdings has been able to grow its dividends, or if the dividend might be cut.

See our latest analysis for KWG Group Holdings

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. KWG Group Holdings paid out a comfortable 26% of its profit last year. A useful secondary check can be to evaluate whether KWG Group Holdings generated enough free cash flow to afford its dividend. The company paid out 102% of its free cash flow over the last year, which we think is outside the ideal range for most businesses. Companies usually need cash more than they need earnings - expenses don't pay themselves - so it's not great to see it paying out so much of its cash flow.

KWG Group Holdings paid out less in dividends than it reported in profits, but unfortunately it didn't generate enough cash to cover the dividend. Were this to happen repeatedly, this would be a risk to KWG Group Holdings's ability to maintain its dividend.

Click here to see the company's payout ratio, plus analyst estimates of its future dividends.

SEHK:1813 Historical Dividend Yield, September 8th 2019

Have Earnings And Dividends Been Growing?

Stocks in companies that generate sustainable earnings growth often make the best dividend prospects, as it is easier to lift the dividend when earnings are rising. If business enters a downturn and the dividend is cut, the company could see its value fall precipitously. It's encouraging to see KWG Group Holdings has grown its earnings rapidly, up 21% a year for the past five years. Earnings have been growing quickly, but we're concerned dividend payments consumed most of the company's cash flow over the past year.

Many investors will assess a company's dividend performance by evaluating how much the dividend payments have changed over time. In the last 10 years, KWG Group Holdings has lifted its dividend by approximately 34% a year on average. Both per-share earnings and dividends have both been growing rapidly in recent times, which is great to see.

To Sum It Up

Is KWG Group Holdings worth buying for its dividend? We like that KWG Group Holdings has been successfully growing its earnings per share at a nice rate and reinvesting most of its profits in the business. However, we note the high cashflow payout ratio with some concern. All things considered, we are not particularly enthused about KWG Group Holdings from a dividend perspective.

Curious what other investors think of KWG Group Holdings? See what analysts are forecasting, with this visualisation of its historical and future estimated earnings and cash flow .

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