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Is It Smart To Buy Asia Financial Holdings Limited (HKG:662) Before It Goes Ex-Dividend?

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Asia Financial Holdings Limited (HKG:662) is about to trade ex-dividend in the next 3 days. You will need to purchase shares before the 13th of September to receive the dividend, which will be paid on the 30th of September.

Asia Financial Holdings's next dividend payment will be HK$0.035 per share, and in the last 12 months, the company paid a total of HK$0.085 per share. Calculating the last year's worth of payments shows that Asia Financial Holdings has a trailing yield of 2.0% on the current share price of HK$4.15. 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.

View our latest analysis for Asia Financial Holdings

Dividends are usually paid out of company profits, so if a company pays out more than it earned then its dividend is usually at greater risk of being cut. Asia Financial Holdings paid out just 21% of its profit last year, which we think is conservatively low and leaves plenty of margin for unexpected circumstances.

Generally speaking, the lower a company's payout ratios, the more resilient its dividend usually is.

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

SEHK:662 Historical Dividend Yield, September 9th 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. With that in mind, we're encouraged by the steady growth at Asia Financial Holdings, with earnings per share up 8.6% on average over the last five years.

The main way most investors will assess a company's dividend prospects is by checking the historical rate of dividend growth. Asia Financial Holdings has delivered 16% dividend growth per year on average over the past 10 years. We're glad to see dividends rising alongside earnings over a number of years, which may be a sign the company intends to share the growth with shareholders.

The Bottom Line

Is Asia Financial Holdings worth buying for its dividend? Asia Financial Holdings has seen its earnings per share grow slowly in recent years, and the company reinvests more than half of its profits in the business, which generally bodes well for its future prospects. Asia Financial Holdings ticks a lot of boxes for us from a dividend perspective, and we think these characteristics should mark the company as deserving of further attention.

Want to learn more about Asia Financial Holdings's dividend performance? Check out this 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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