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Is Swire Properties Limited (HKG:1972) A Smart Pick For Income Investors?

Dale Lombardi

Dividends play an important role in compounding returns in the long run and end up forming a sizeable part of investment returns. In the past 7 years Swire Properties Limited (HKG:1972) has returned an average of 2.00% per year to investors in the form of dividend payouts. Let’s dig deeper into whether Swire Properties should have a place in your portfolio.

See our latest analysis for Swire Properties

5 questions I ask before picking a dividend stock

Whenever I am looking at a potential dividend stock investment, I always check these five metrics:

  • Does it pay an annual yield higher than 75% of dividend payers?
  • Has its dividend been stable over the past (i.e. no missed payments or significant payout cuts)?
  • Has dividend per share risen in the past couple of years?
  • Can it afford to pay the current rate of dividends from its earnings?
  • Based on future earnings growth, will it be able to continue to payout dividend at the current rate?
SEHK:1972 Historical Dividend Yield August 10th 18

How does Swire Properties fare?

The company currently pays out 13.27% 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 1972’s payout to increase to 62.32% of its earnings, which leads to a dividend yield of around 2.79%. However, EPS is forecasted to fall to HK$1.43 in the upcoming year. Therefore, although payout is expected to increase, the fall in earnings may not equate to higher dividend income.

If there is one thing that you want to be reliable in your life, it’s dividend stocks and their constant income stream. Unfortunately, it is really too early to view Swire Properties as a dividend investment. It has only been consistently paying dividends for 7 years, however, standard practice for reliable payers is to look for a 10-year minimum track record.

Compared to its peers, Swire Properties has a yield of 2.52%, which is on the low-side for Real Estate stocks.

Next Steps:

If you are building an income portfolio, then Swire Properties is a complicated choice since it has some positive aspects as well as negative ones. However, if you are not strictly just a dividend investor, the stock could still offer some interesting investment opportunities. Given that this is purely a dividend analysis, you should always research extensively before deciding whether or not a stock is an appropriate investment for you. I always recommend analysing the company’s fundamentals and underlying business before making an investment decision. Below, I’ve compiled three important aspects you should further examine:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for 1972’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for 1972’s outlook.
  2. Valuation: What is 1972 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 1972 is currently mispriced by the market.
  3. 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.