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Yip's Chemical Holdings Limited (HKG:408) Pays A HK$0.10 Dividend In Just Four Days

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Readers hoping to buy Yip's Chemical Holdings Limited (HKG:408) for its dividend will need to make their move shortly, as the stock is about to trade ex-dividend. Typically, the ex-dividend date is one business day before the record date which is the date on which a company determines the shareholders eligible to receive a 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. Accordingly, Yip's Chemical Holdings investors that purchase the stock on or after the 31st of August will not receive the dividend, which will be paid on the 7th of October.

The company's next dividend payment will be HK$0.10 per share, and in the last 12 months, the company paid a total of HK$0.30 per share. Calculating the last year's worth of payments shows that Yip's Chemical Holdings has a trailing yield of 7.6% on the current share price of HK$3.94. Dividends are an important source of income to many shareholders, but the health of the business is crucial to maintaining those dividends. We need to see whether the dividend is covered by earnings and if it's growing.

Check out our latest analysis for Yip's Chemical Holdings

If a company pays out more in dividends than it earned, then the dividend might become unsustainable - hardly an ideal situation. Yip's Chemical Holdings paid out more than half (74%) of its earnings last year, which is a regular payout ratio for most companies. That said, even highly profitable companies sometimes might not generate enough cash to pay the dividend, which is why we should always check if the dividend is covered by cash flow. Dividends consumed 59% of the company's free cash flow last year, which is within a normal range for most dividend-paying organisations.

It's encouraging to see that the dividend is covered by both profit and cash flow. This generally suggests the dividend is sustainable, as long as earnings don't drop precipitously.

Click here to see how much of its profit Yip's Chemical Holdings paid out over the last 12 months.

historic-dividendSEHK:408 Historic Dividend August 26th 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. With that in mind, we're encouraged by the steady growth at Yip's Chemical Holdings, with earnings per share up 4.7% on average over the last five years. Earnings growth has been slim and the company is paying out more than half of its earnings. While there is some room to both increase the payout ratio and reinvest in the business, generally the higher a payout ratio goes, the lower a company's prospects for future growth.

Many investors will assess a company's dividend performance by evaluating how much the dividend payments have changed over time. In the past 10 years, Yip's Chemical Holdings has increased its dividend at approximately 6.5% a year on average. We're glad to see dividends rising alongside earnings over a number of years, which may be a sign the company intends to share the growth with shareholders.

To Sum It Up

From a dividend perspective, should investors buy or avoid Yip's Chemical Holdings? Earnings per share have been growing modestly and Yip's Chemical Holdings paid out a bit over half of its earnings and free cash flow last year. In summary, it's hard to get excited about Yip's Chemical Holdings from a dividend perspective.

However if you're still interested in Yip's Chemical Holdings as a potential investment, you should definitely consider some of the risks involved with Yip's Chemical Holdings. In terms of investment risks, we've identified 3 warning signs with Yip's Chemical Holdings and understanding them should be part of your investment process.

Generally, we wouldn't recommend just buying the first dividend stock you see. Here's a curated list of interesting stocks that are strong dividend payers.

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