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Could Yum China Holdings (NYSE: YUMC) Cut its Dividend?

Written by Wealth Daily Research Team
Posted May 16, 2019 at 10:51AM

Today is Thursday, May 16, 2019, and this is your daily dividend safety update. Today we’re looking at Yum China Holdings (NYSE: YUMC) stock to see whether its 1.02% dividend is safe.

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Let’s look at the company’s payout ratio, cash flow growth, and dividend history to gauge the probability of a dividend cut in the next few years.

Payout Ratio (Dividends/Earnings)

Yum China Holdings has a payout ratio of 26.17%. That’s low enough for us! Payout ratio equals dividends per share divided by earnings per share. A low payout ratio indicates that the company has plenty of money to cover its dividend. We’d be more concerned if the ratio was closer to 100% (or over it).

Cash Flow Growth Year-Over-Year

Yum China Holdings has not grown its cash flow in the last year. That’s a bad omen for dividend investors. No cash flow means no dividend, so if cash flow isn’t growing, that’s a problem for us.

Dividend History & Recent Cuts

Yum China Holdings has not cut its dividend in the recent past. That’s a good sign. It’s not a guarantee that the company will never cut its dividend, but companies that have cut their dividends recently are generally more likely to cut them again.

The Takeaway

Yum China Holdings stock has failed 1 of our 3 dividend safety metrics. With that in mind, we believe a dividend cut is possible in the next few years.

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