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Here's What We Like About COSCO SHIPPING Technology's (SZSE:002401) Upcoming Dividend

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COSCO SHIPPING Technology Co., Ltd. (SZSE:002401) stock is about to trade ex-dividend in three days. The ex-dividend date is one business day before the record date, which is the cut-off date for shareholders to be present on the company's books to be eligible for a dividend payment. It is important to be aware of the ex-dividend date because any trade on the stock needs to have been settled on or before the record date. This means that investors who purchase COSCO SHIPPING Technology's shares on or after the 11th of July will not receive the dividend, which will be paid on the 11th of July.

The company's next dividend payment will be CN¥0.12 per share, on the back of last year when the company paid a total of CN¥0.12 to shareholders. Last year's total dividend payments show that COSCO SHIPPING Technology has a trailing yield of 1.3% on the current share price of CN¥8.91. If you buy this business for its dividend, you should have an idea of whether COSCO SHIPPING Technology's dividend is reliable and sustainable. We need to see whether the dividend is covered by earnings and if it's growing.

See our latest analysis for COSCO SHIPPING Technology

Dividends are typically paid out of company income, so if a company pays out more than it earned, its dividend is usually at a higher risk of being cut. COSCO SHIPPING Technology paid out a comfortable 27% of its profit last year. 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. Luckily it paid out just 19% of its free cash flow last year.

It's positive to see that COSCO SHIPPING Technology's dividend is covered by both profits and cash flow, since this is generally a sign that the dividend is sustainable, and a lower payout ratio usually suggests a greater margin of safety before the dividend gets cut.

Click here to see how much of its profit COSCO SHIPPING Technology paid out over the last 12 months.

historic-dividendSZSE:002401 Historic Dividend July 7th 2022

Have Earnings And Dividends Been Growing?

Businesses with strong growth prospects usually make the best dividend payers, because it's easier to grow dividends when earnings per share are improving. Investors love dividends, so if earnings fall and the dividend is reduced, expect a stock to be sold off heavily at the same time. That's why it's comforting to see COSCO SHIPPING Technology's earnings have been skyrocketing, up 22% per annum for the past five years. COSCO SHIPPING Technology is paying out less than half its earnings and cash flow, while simultaneously growing earnings per share at a rapid clip. This is a very favourable combination that can often lead to the dividend multiplying over the long term, if earnings grow and the company pays out a higher percentage of its earnings.

The main way most investors will assess a company's dividend prospects is by checking the historical rate of dividend growth. COSCO SHIPPING Technology has delivered 15% dividend growth per year on average over the past 10 years. Both per-share earnings and dividends have both been growing rapidly in recent times, which is great to see.

The Bottom Line

Is COSCO SHIPPING Technology worth buying for its dividend? It's great that COSCO SHIPPING Technology is growing earnings per share while simultaneously paying out a low percentage of both its earnings and cash flow. It's disappointing to see the dividend has been cut at least once in the past, but as things stand now, the low payout ratio suggests a conservative approach to dividends, which we like. Overall we think this is an attractive combination and worthy of further research.

While it's tempting to invest in COSCO SHIPPING Technology for the dividends alone, you should always be mindful of the risks involved. For example, we've found 1 warning sign for COSCO SHIPPING Technology that we recommend you consider before investing in the business.

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