Jinzai Food Group Co.,Ltd. (SZSE:003000) stock is about to trade ex-dividend in 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 important because any transaction on a stock needs to have been settled before the record date in order to be eligible for a dividend. Accordingly, Jinzai Food GroupLtd investors that purchase the stock on or after the 22nd of April will not receive the dividend, which will be paid on the 22nd of April.
The company's next dividend payment will be CN¥0.15 per share, on the back of last year when the company paid a total of CN¥0.15 to shareholders. Looking at the last 12 months of distributions, Jinzai Food GroupLtd has a trailing yield of approximately 1.7% on its current stock price of CN¥8.68. 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 Jinzai Food GroupLtd
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. Jinzai Food GroupLtd paid out more than half (71%) of its earnings last year, which is a regular payout ratio for most companies. A useful secondary check can be to evaluate whether Jinzai Food GroupLtd generated enough free cash flow to afford its dividend. It paid out more than half (63%) of its free cash flow in the past year, which is within an average range for most companies.
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 the company's payout ratio, plus analyst estimates of its future dividends.SZSE:003000 Historic Dividend April 18th 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. Fortunately for readers, Jinzai Food GroupLtd's earnings per share have been growing at 10% a year for the past five years. Jinzai Food GroupLtd is paying out a bit over half its earnings, which suggests the company is striking a balance between reinvesting in growth, and paying dividends. This is a reasonable combination that could hint at some further dividend increases in the future.
The main way most investors will assess a company's dividend prospects is by checking the historical rate of dividend growth. Jinzai Food GroupLtd has delivered 22% dividend growth per year on average over the past two years. It's exciting to see that both earnings and dividends per share have grown rapidly over the past few years.
The Bottom Line
From a dividend perspective, should investors buy or avoid Jinzai Food GroupLtd? It's good to see earnings are growing, since all of the best dividend stocks grow their earnings meaningfully over the long run. That's why we're glad to see Jinzai Food GroupLtd's earnings per share growing, although as we saw, the company is paying out more than half of its earnings and cashflow - 71% and 63% respectively. Overall, it's hard to get excited about Jinzai Food GroupLtd from a dividend perspective.
So while Jinzai Food GroupLtd looks good from a dividend perspective, it's always worthwhile being up to date with the risks involved in this stock. In terms of investment risks, we've identified 3 warning signs with Jinzai Food GroupLtd 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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