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Is Travel Expert (Asia) Enterprises Limited (HKG:1235) A Smart Choice For Dividend Investors?

Blake Harford

A sizeable part of portfolio returns can be produced by dividend stocks due to their contribution to compounding returns in the long run. Historically, Travel Expert (Asia) Enterprises Limited (HKG:1235) has been paying a dividend to shareholders. Today it yields 4.5%. Let’s dig deeper into whether Travel Expert (Asia) Enterprises should have a place in your portfolio.

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5 questions to ask before buying a dividend stock

If you are a dividend investor, you should always assess these five key metrics:

  • Is it the top 25% annual dividend yield payer?
  • Has it consistently paid a stable dividend without missing a payment or drastically cutting payout?
  • Has the amount of dividend per share grown over the past?
  • Is is able to pay the current rate of dividends from its earnings?
  • Will it have the ability to keep paying its dividends going forward?
SEHK:1235 Historical Dividend Yield January 31st 19

How well does Travel Expert (Asia) Enterprises fit our criteria?

Travel Expert (Asia) Enterprises has a negative payout ratio, which is usually not ideal.

When assessing the forecast sustainability of a dividend it is also worth considering the cash flow of the business. Cash flow is important because companies with strong cash flow can usually sustain higher payout ratios.

If dividend is a key criteria in your investment consideration, then you need to make sure the dividend stock you’re eyeing out is reliable in its payments. The reality is that it is too early to consider Travel Expert (Asia) Enterprises 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.

Relative to peers, Travel Expert (Asia) Enterprises generates a yield of 4.5%, which is high for Hospitality stocks but still below the market’s top dividend payers.

Next Steps:

After digging a little deeper into Travel Expert (Asia) Enterprises’s yield, it’s easy to see why you should be cautious investing in the company just for the dividend. On the other hand, if you are not strictly just a dividend investor, the stock could still be offering 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 relevant factors you should look at:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for 1235’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for 1235’s outlook.
  2. Historical Performance: What has 1235’s returns been like over the past? Go into more detail in the past track record analysis and take a look at the free visual representations of our analysis for more clarity.
  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.