Tread With Caution Around I Yuan Precision Industrial Co., Ltd.’s (GTSM:2235) 7.0%


Is I Yuan Precision Industrial Co., Ltd. (GTSM:2235) a good dividend stock? How can we tell? Dividend paying companies with growing earnings can be highly rewarding in the long term. Yet sometimes, investors buy a popular dividend stock because of its yield, and then lose money if the company’s dividend doesn’t live up to expectations.

With a goodly-sized dividend yield despite a relatively short payment history, investors might be wondering if I Yuan Precision Industrial is a new dividend aristocrat in the making. We’d agree the yield does look enticing. When buying stocks for their dividends, you should always run through the checks below, to see if the dividend looks sustainable.

Explore this interactive chart for our latest analysis on I Yuan Precision Industrial!

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GTSM:2235 Historic Dividend April 1st 2021

Payout ratios

Companies (usually) pay dividends out of their earnings. If a company is paying more than it earns, the dividend might have to be cut. As a result, we should always investigate whether a company can afford its dividend, measured as a percentage of a company’s net income after tax. I Yuan Precision Industrial paid out 149% of its profit as dividends, over the trailing twelve month period. Unless there are extenuating circumstances, from the perspective of an investor who hopes to own the company for many years, a payout ratio of above 100% is definitely a concern.

In addition to comparing dividends against profits, we should inspect whether the company generated enough cash to pay its dividend. I Yuan Precision Industrial paid out 133% of its free cash last year. Cash flows can be lumpy, but this dividend was not well covered by cash flow. Paying out such a high percentage of cash flow suggests that the dividend was funded from either cash at bank or by borrowing, neither of which is desirable over the long term. As I Yuan Precision Industrial’s dividend was not well covered by either earnings or cash flow, we would be concerned that this dividend could be at risk over the long term.

We update our data on I Yuan Precision Industrial every 24 hours, so you can always get our latest analysis of its financial health, here.

Dividend Volatility

Before buying a stock for its income, we want to see if the dividends have been stable in the past, and if the company has a track record of maintaining its dividend. The first recorded dividend for I Yuan Precision Industrial, in the last decade, was nine years ago. The company has been paying a stable dividend for a while now, which is great. However we’d prefer to see consistency for a few more years before giving it our full seal of approval. During the past nine-year period, the first annual payment was NT$1.0 in 2012, compared to NT$3.0 last year. This works out to be a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of approximately 13% a year over that time.

I Yuan Precision Industrial has been growing its dividend quite rapidly, which is exciting. However, the short payment history makes us question whether this performance will persist across a full market cycle.

Dividend Growth Potential

While dividend payments have been relatively reliable, it would also be nice if earnings per share (EPS) were growing, as this is essential to maintaining the dividend’s purchasing power over the long term. I Yuan Precision Industrial’s earnings per share have shrunk at 20% a year over the past five years. With this kind of significant decline, we always wonder what has changed in the business. Dividends are about stability, and I Yuan Precision Industrial’s earnings per share, which support the dividend, have been anything but stable.

Conclusion

To summarise, shareholders should always check that I Yuan Precision Industrial’s dividends are affordable, that its dividend payments are relatively stable, and that it has decent prospects for growing its earnings and dividend. It’s a concern to see that the company paid out such a high percentage of its earnings and cashflow as dividends. Earnings per share are down, and to our mind I Yuan Precision Industrial has not been paying a dividend long enough to demonstrate its resilience across economic cycles. Using these criteria, I Yuan Precision Industrial looks quite suboptimal from a dividend investment perspective.

Investors generally tend to favour companies with a consistent, stable dividend policy as opposed to those operating an irregular one. Meanwhile, despite the importance of dividend payments, they are not the only factors our readers should know when assessing a company. To that end, I Yuan Precision Industrial has 3 warning signs (and 1 which is significant) we think you should know about.

Looking for more high-yielding dividend ideas? Try our curated list of dividend stocks with a yield above 3%.

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