Yesterday’s newsletter explained that Highcroft’s (LSE:HCFT) net current asset value is 25% above its current market price. This was one factor prompting me to buy its shares at £8.75. Today I look at another enticing feature of the company: it’s solid earnings and dividends flow to shareholders over the past decade. This history and the firm’s quality property assets encourages me to think that there is a reasonably high probability that good returns will be made by shareholders in the future.
Key numbers on earnings, dividends and net assets
.....Dividends per share over the ten years total £4.15 a large payout on a share trading at £8.75. And yet in the same period the directors have grown net rental income by an average of 12.9% per year (from £1.83m to £5.46m) and net asset value by 4.9% per year (from £7.20 to £11.04).
So, it seems that a good dividend yield (currently 6.5%) can be accompanied by a growth in regular profits from income producing properties and growth in the asset base.
The earnings per share measure excluding gains/losses in property values rose from 40.1p to 67.7p, an average percentage gain of 6%, over the decade.
If we assume that future annual dividends do not rise from the 57p received last year then investors benefit from a 6.5% regular dividend. If ………………To read more subscribe to my premium newsletter Deep Value Shares – click here http://newsletters.advfn.com/deepvalueshares/subscribe-1
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