Some investors rely on dividends for growing their wealth, and if you're one of those dividend sleuths, you might be intrigued to know that Beijing Capital International Airport Company Limited (HKG:694) is about to go ex-dividend in just 4 days. If you purchase the stock on or after the 30th of July, you won't be eligible to receive this dividend, when it is paid on the 30th of August.
Beijing Capital International Airport's next dividend payment will be CN¥0.18 per share. Last year, in total, the company distributed CN¥0.27 to shareholders. Based on the last year's worth of payments, Beijing Capital International Airport has a trailing yield of 4.8% on the current stock price of HK$6.26. If you buy this business for its dividend, you should have an idea of whether Beijing Capital International Airport's dividend is reliable and sustainable. So we need to investigate whether Beijing Capital International Airport can afford its dividend, and if the dividend could grow.
Dividends are typically paid from company earnings. If a company pays more in dividends than it earned in profit, then the dividend could be unsustainable. Fortunately Beijing Capital International Airport's payout ratio is modest, at just 40% of profit. Yet cash flows are even more important than profits for assessing a dividend, so we need to see if the company generated enough cash to pay its distribution. Dividends consumed 58% of the company's free cash flow last year, which is within a normal range for most dividend-paying organisations.
It's encouraging to see that the dividend is covered by both profit and cash flow. This generally suggests the dividend is sustainable, as long as earnings don't drop precipitously.
Have Earnings And Dividends Been Growing?
Companies with consistently growing earnings per share generally make the best dividend stocks, as they usually find it easier to grow dividends per share. Investors love dividends, so if earnings fall and the dividend is reduced, expect a stock to be sold off heavily at the same time. For this reason, we're glad to see Beijing Capital International Airport's earnings per share have risen 17% per annum over the last five years. Beijing Capital International Airport is paying out a bit over half its earnings, which suggests the company is striking a balance between reinvesting in growth, and paying dividends. This is a reasonable combination that could hint at some further dividend increases in the future.
The main way most investors will assess a company's dividend prospects is by checking the historical rate of dividend growth. Since the start of our data, 9 years ago, Beijing Capital International Airport has lifted its dividend by approximately 26% 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
Should investors buy Beijing Capital International Airport for the upcoming dividend? From a dividend perspective, we're encouraged to see that earnings per share have been growing, the company is paying out less than half of its earnings, and a bit over half its free cash flow. Overall we think this is an attractive combination and worthy of further research.
Wondering what the future holds for Beijing Capital International Airport? See what the 14 analysts we track are forecasting, with this visualisation of its historical and future estimated earnings and cash flow
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