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Don't Race Out To Buy Yonghui Superstores Co., Ltd. (SHSE:601933) Just Because It's Going Ex-Dividend

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Yonghui Superstores Co., Ltd. (SHSE:601933) is about to trade ex-dividend in the next three days. The ex-dividend date is usually set to be one business day before the record date which is the cut-off date on which you must be present on the company's books as a shareholder in order to receive the dividend. The ex-dividend date is of consequence because whenever a stock is bought or sold, the trade takes at least two business day to settle. Therefore, if you purchase Yonghui Superstores' shares on or after the 17th of June, you won't be eligible to receive the dividend, when it is paid on the 17th of June.

The company's upcoming dividend is CN¥0.02 a share, following on from the last 12 months, when the company distributed a total of CN¥0.02 per share to shareholders. Last year's total dividend payments show that Yonghui Superstores has a trailing yield of 0.5% on the current share price of CN¥4.14. Dividends are an important source of income to many shareholders, but the health of the business is crucial to maintaining those dividends. So we need to investigate whether Yonghui Superstores can afford its dividend, and if the dividend could grow.

Check out our latest analysis for Yonghui Superstores

Dividends are usually paid out of company profits, so if a company pays out more than it earned then its dividend is usually at greater risk of being cut. Yonghui Superstores reported a loss last year, so it's not great to see that it has continued paying a dividend. Given that the company reported a loss last year, we now need to see if it generated enough free cash flow to fund the dividend. If cash earnings don't cover the dividend, the company would have to pay dividends out of cash in the bank, or by borrowing money, neither of which is long-term sustainable. It paid out 9.5% of its free cash flow as dividends last year, which is conservatively low.

Click here to see the company's payout ratio, plus analyst estimates of its future dividends.

SHSE:601933 Historic Dividend June 13th 2022

Have Earnings And Dividends Been Growing?

Businesses with shrinking earnings are tricky from a dividend perspective. Investors love dividends, so if earnings fall and the dividend is reduced, expect a stock to be sold off heavily at the same time. Yonghui Superstores reported a loss last year, and the general trend suggests its earnings have also been declining in recent years, making us wonder if the dividend is at risk.

The main way most investors will assess a company's dividend prospects is by checking the historical rate of dividend growth. Yonghui Superstores has seen its dividend decline 2.2% per annum on average over the past 10 years, which is not great to see. It's never nice to see earnings and dividends falling, but at least management has cut the dividend rather than potentially risk the company's health in an attempt to maintain it.

We update our analysis on Yonghui Superstores every 24 hours, so you can always get the latest insights on its financial health, here.

To Sum It Up

Has Yonghui Superstores got what it takes to maintain its dividend payments? It's hard to get used to Yonghui Superstores paying a dividend despite reporting a loss over the past year. At least the dividend was covered by free cash flow, however. With the way things are shaping up from a dividend perspective, we'd be inclined to steer clear of Yonghui Superstores.

Wondering what the future holds for Yonghui Superstores? See what the 15 analysts we track are forecasting, with this visualisation of its historical and future estimated earnings and cash flow

If you're in the market for strong dividend payers, we recommend checking our selection of top dividend stocks.

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