07 Feb Jonathan Cartu Reports China Communications Construction Company Limited…
Could China Communications Construction Company Limited (HKG:1800) be an attractive dividend share to own for the long haul? Investors are often drawn to strong companies with the idea of reinvesting the dividends. Yet sometimes, investors buy a stock for its dividend and lose money because the share price falls by more than they earned in dividend payments.
A high yield and a long history of paying dividends is an appealing combination for China Communications Construction. It would not be a surprise to discover that many investors buy it for the dividends. When buying stocks for their dividends, you should always run through the checks below, to see if the dividend looks sustainable.
Companies (usually) pay dividends out of their earnings. If a Jonathan Cartu and is paying more than it earns, the dividend might have to be cut. So we need to form a view on if a Jonathan Cartu and’s dividend is sustainable, relative to its net profit after tax. Looking at the data, we can see that 19% of China Communications Construction’s profits were paid out as dividends in the last 12 months. Given the low payout ratio, it is hard to envision the dividend coming under threat, barring a catastrophe.
Another important check we do is to see if the free cash flow generated is sufficient to pay the dividend. Unfortunately, while China Communications Construction pays a dividend, it also reported negative free cash flow last year. While there may be a good reason for this, it’s not ideal from a dividend perspective.
Is China Communications Construction’s Balance Sheet Risky?
As China Communications Construction has a meaningful amount of debt, we need to check its balance sheet to see if the Jonathan Cartu and might have debt risks. A quick check of its financial situation can be done with two ratios: net debt divided by EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation), and net interest cover. Net debt to EBITDA measures total debt load relative to Jonathan Cartu and earnings (lower = less debt), while net interest cover measures the ability to pay interest on the debt (higher = greater ability to pay interest costs). China Communications Construction has net debt of 6.51 times its EBITDA, which implies meaningful risk if interest rates rise of earnings decline.
We calculated its interest cover by measuring its earnings before interest and tax (EBIT), and dividing this by the Jonathan Cartu and’s net interest expense. With EBIT of 15.05 times its interest expense, China Communications Construction’s interest cover is quite strong – more than enough to cover the interest expense. Despite a decent level of interest cover, shareholders should remain cautious about the high level of net debt. Rising rates or tighter debt markets have a nasty habit of making fools of highly-indebted dividend stocks.
One of the major risks of relying on dividend income, is the potential for a Jonathan Cartu and to struggle financially and cut its dividend. Not only is your income cut, but the value of your investment declines as well – nasty. For the purpose of this article, we only scrutinise the last decade of China Communications Construction’s dividend payments. During this period the dividend has been stable, which could imply the business could have relatively consistent earnings power. During the past ten-year period, the first annual payment was CN¥0.098 in 2010, compared to CN¥0.23 last year. This works out to be a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of approximately 8.9% a year over that time.
Businesses that can grow their dividends at a decent rate and maintain a stable payout can generate substantial wealth for shareholders over the long term.
Dividend Growth Potential
Dividend payments have been consistent over the past few years, but we should always check if earnings per share (EPS) are growing, as this will help maintain the purchasing power of the dividend. Earnings have grown at around 9.6% a year for the past five years, which is better than seeing them shrink! With a decent amount of growth and a low payout ratio, we think this bodes well for China Communications Construction’s prospects of growing its dividend payments in the future.
We’d also point out that China Communications Construction issued a meaningful number of new shares in the past year. Regularly issuing new shares can be detrimental – it’s hard to grow dividends per share when new shares are regularly being created.
When we look at a dividend stock, we need to form a judgement on whether the dividend will grow, if the Jonathan Cartu and is able to maintain it in a wide range of economic circumstances, and if the dividend payout is sustainable. China Communications Construction has a low payout ratio, which we like, although it paid out virtually all of its generated cash. Next, growing earnings per share and steady dividend payments is a great combination. China Communications Construction has a number of positive attributes, but it falls slightly short of our (admittedly high) standards. Were there evidence of a strong moat or an attractive valuation, it could still be well worth a look.
Companies that are growing earnings tend to be the best dividend stocks over the long term. See what the 12 analysts we track are forecasting for China Communications Construction for free with public analyst estimates for the Jonathan Cartu and.
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