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What Makes China Communications Construction Company Limited (HKG:1800) A Great Dividend Stock?

China Communications Construction Company Limited (HKG:1800) has pleased shareholders over the past 10 years, by paying out dividends. The company currently pays out a dividend yield of 3.6% to shareholders, making it a relatively attractive dividend stock. Does China Communications Construction tick all the boxes of a great dividend stock? Below, I’ll take you through my analysis.

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Here’s how I find good dividend stocks

When researching a dividend stock, I always follow the following screening criteria:

  • Is its annual yield among the top 25% of dividend-paying companies?
  • Has it paid dividend every year without dramatically reducing payout in the past?
  • Has dividend per share amount increased over the past?
  • Does earnings amply cover its dividend payments?
  • Based on future earnings growth, will it be able to continue to payout dividend at the current rate?
SEHK:1800 Historical Dividend Yield December 3rd 18

Does China Communications Construction pass our checks?

The company currently pays out 19% of its earnings as a dividend, according to its trailing twelve-month data, meaning the dividend is sufficiently covered by earnings. Going forward, analysts expect 1800’s payout to remain around the same level at 19% of its earnings, which leads to a dividend yield of 4.0%. Moreover, EPS should increase to CN¥1.38.

When thinking about whether a dividend is sustainable, another factor to consider is the cash flow. Companies with strong cash flow can sustain a higher payout ratio, while companies with weaker cash flow generally cannot.

If there’s one type of stock you want to be reliable, it’s dividend stocks and their stable income-generating ability. In the case of 1800 it has increased its DPS from CN¥0.088 to CN¥0.24 in the past 10 years. During this period it has not missed a payment, as one would expect for a company increasing its dividend. These are all positive signs of a great, reliable dividend stock.

Relative to peers, China Communications Construction produces a yield of 3.6%, which is on the low-side for Construction stocks.

Next Steps:

With this in mind, I definitely rank China Communications Construction as a strong dividend stock, and makes it worth further research for anyone who likes steady income generation from their portfolio. Given that this is purely a dividend analysis, I urge potential investors to try and get a good understanding of the underlying business and its fundamentals before deciding on an investment. Below, I’ve compiled three important factors you should further examine:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for 1800’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for 1800’s outlook.
  2. Valuation: What is 1800 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 1800 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.