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Why China Everbright Limited (HKG:165) Is A Top Dividend Stock

China Everbright Limited (HKG:165) has pleased shareholders over the past 10 years, by paying out dividends. The company currently pays out a dividend yield of 5.8% to shareholders, making it a relatively attractive dividend stock. Should it have a place in your portfolio? Let’s take a look at China Everbright in more detail.

View our latest analysis for China Everbright

5 checks you should do on a dividend stock

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

  • Is its annual yield among the top 25% of dividend-paying companies?
  • Has its dividend been stable over the past (i.e. no missed payments or significant payout cuts)?
  • Has the amount of dividend per share grown over the past?
  • Does earnings amply cover its dividend payments?
  • Will the company be able to keep paying dividend based on the future earnings growth?
SEHK:165 Historical Dividend Yield December 6th 18

Does China Everbright pass our checks?

The company currently pays out 33% of its earnings as a dividend, according to its trailing twelve-month data, which means that the dividend is covered by earnings. In the near future, analysts are predicting a payout ratio of 32%, leading to a dividend yield of around 5.9%.

If you want to dive deeper into the sustainability of a certain payout ratio, you may wish to consider the cash flow of the business. A company with strong cash flow, relative to earnings, can sometimes sustain a high pay out ratio.

If there is one thing that you want to be reliable in your life, it’s dividend stocks and their constant income stream. Whilst its per-share payments have increased during the past 10 years, there has been some hiccups. Investors have seen reductions in the dividend per share in the past, although, it has picked up again.

Relative to peers, China Everbright produces a yield of 5.8%, which is high for Capital Markets stocks.

Next Steps:

Considering the dividend attributes we analyzed above, China Everbright is definitely worth keeping an eye on for someone looking to build a dedicated income portfolio. 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. I’ve put together three important factors you should look at:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for 165’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for 165’s outlook.
  2. Valuation: What is 165 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 165 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.