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New World Development Co Ltd's Dividend Analysis

Understanding the Dividend Dynamics of NWWDF

New World Development Co Ltd (NWWDF) recently announced a dividend of $0.2 per share, payable on 2024-04-18, with the ex-dividend date set for 2024-03-20. As investors look forward to this upcoming payment, the spotlight also shines on the company's dividend history, yield, and growth rates. Using the data from GuruFocus, let's delve into New World Development Co Ltd's dividend performance and assess its sustainability.

What Does New World Development Co Ltd Do?

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New World Development, or NWD, is the listed property arm of Chow Tai Fook, owned by the Cheng family. Chow Tai Fook owns a 45% stake in NWD, which mainly engages in residential property development and investment properties of retail malls and offices in Hong Kong and mainland China. NWD also develops high-end hotels across Hong Kong, mainland China, and in Southeast Asia. Additionally, NWD holds a 75% interest in New World Department Store China, which operates 24 department stores in mainland China.

New World Development Co Ltd's Dividend Analysis
New World Development Co Ltd's Dividend Analysis

A Glimpse at New World Development Co Ltd's Dividend History

New World Development Co Ltd has maintained a consistent dividend payment record since 1999. Dividends are currently distributed on a bi-annual basis. Below is a chart showing annual Dividends Per Share for tracking historical trends.

Breaking Down New World Development Co Ltd's Dividend Yield and Growth

As of today, New World Development Co Ltd currently has a 12-month trailing dividend yield of 8.09% and a 12-month forward dividend yield of 4.26%. This suggests an expectation of decreased dividend payments over the next 12 months.

Over the past three years, New World Development Co Ltd's annual dividend growth rate was -1.30%. Extended to a five-year horizon, this rate increased to 1.20% per year. And over the past decade, New World Development Co Ltd's annual dividends per share growth rate stands at 3.10%.

Based on New World Development Co Ltd's dividend yield and five-year growth rate, the 5-year yield on cost of New World Development Co Ltd stock as of today is approximately 8.59%.

New World Development Co Ltd's Dividend Analysis
New World Development Co Ltd's Dividend Analysis

The Sustainability Question: Payout Ratio and Profitability

To assess the sustainability of the dividend, one needs to evaluate the company's payout ratio. The dividend payout ratio provides insights into the portion of earnings the company distributes as dividends. A lower ratio suggests that the company retains a significant part of its earnings, thereby ensuring the availability of funds for future growth and unexpected downturns. As of 2023-12-31, New World Development Co Ltd's dividend payout ratio is 2.77, which may suggest that the company's dividend may not be sustainable.

New World Development Co Ltd's profitability rank, offers an understanding of the company's earnings prowess relative to its peers. GuruFocus ranks New World Development Co Ltd's profitability 7 out of 10 as of 2023-12-31, suggesting good profitability prospects. The company has reported positive net income for each year over the past decade, further solidifying its high profitability.

Growth Metrics: The Future Outlook

To ensure the sustainability of dividends, a company must have robust growth metrics. New World Development Co Ltd's growth rank of 7 out of 10 suggests that the company's growth trajectory is good relative to its competitors.

Revenue is the lifeblood of any company, and New World Development Co Ltd's revenue per share, combined with the 3-year revenue growth rate, indicates a strong revenue model. New World Development Co Ltd's revenue has increased by approximately 17.90% per year on average, a rate that outperforms approximately 75.09% of global competitors.

The company's 3-year EPS growth rate showcases its capability to grow its earnings, a critical component for sustaining dividends in the long run. During the past three years, New World Development Co Ltd's earnings increased by approximately 17.30% per year on average, a rate that outperforms approximately 68.78% of global competitors.

Lastly, the company's 5-year EBITDA growth rate of -35.80%, which outperforms approximately 4.42% of global competitors, presents a mixed picture but does not overshadow the company's overall strong performance.

Engaging Conclusion: Evaluating New World Development Co Ltd's Dividend Prospects

In conclusion, New World Development Co Ltd's upcoming dividend payment, along with its historical dividend performance, presents an interesting case for investors. While the dividend growth rate and high yield on cost are attractive, the low payout ratio raises questions about the dividend's sustainability. However, the company's solid profitability and positive growth metrics provide confidence in its ability to sustain dividends. Investors should weigh these factors carefully and consider New World Development Co Ltd's overall financial health when making investment decisions. Will the company continue to reward shareholders with consistent dividend payments? Only time will tell.

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