If you’re looking for dividend income from ASX shares, you might want to consider Westpac Banking Corporation (ASX: WBC), Alumina Ltd (ASX: AWC) and Harvey Norman Holdings Ltd (ASX: HVN).
Here are some high-yielding ASX dividend shares, based on their trailing dividend yields and current share prices.
Westpac Yield – 6.96%
Westpac Banking Corporation, more commonly known as Westpac, is one of Australia’s ‘Big Four’ banks and a financial-services provider headquartered in Sydney. It is one of Australia’s largest lenders to homeowners, investors, individuals (via credit cards and personal loans) and business.
Westpac has taken a hit in the last year from the Banking Royal Commission and the share price is down 11% over the last year as a result. As far as capital gains go, this isn’t one of my top picks because there is quite a lot of uncertainty with the share price. You can read about their latest earnings report here.
However, if you think it could bounce back from its losses over the last 12 months, then you’ll be rewarded for investing with a healthy 6.96% dividend yield, fully franked.
The next dividend is expected to be paid around mid-to-late June 2019.
Harvey Norman Yield – 7.89%
Harvey Norman Holdings is a major retailer that both operates company-run stores and franchises. There are Harvey Norman stores in Australia, New Zealand, Slovenia, Croatia, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Singapore and Malaysia. Gerry Harvey and Ian Norman opened the first store over 50 years ago in 1961.
Harvey Norman released its half-year report in February and you can read about it in more detail here.
To sum up, reported profit after tax grew 7.3% in 1H19 and net assets increased 9.3%. Revenue from franchisees slipped by about 1%.
Most of the growth came from overseas operations, with Singapore, Malaysia and Ireland being stand-outs.
Going forward, Harvey Norman seems to have some good growth opportunities and they currently have a dividend yield of 7.89%, fully franked. However, Harvey Norman is exposed to property, which is facing headwinds, and retail trading activity, which is susceptible to falling confidence.
The next dividend is expected to be paid at the beginning of May 2019.
Alumina Ltd Yield – 12.27%
Member of the S&P/ASX 100 (INDEXASX: XTO), Alumina is a mining company engaged in bauxite mining and alumina refining through a joint venture with Alcoa, known as Alcoa World Alumina and Chemicals (AWAC). Alumina owns 40% of the joint venture.
It’s not unusual for a high dividend yield to signal a falling share price, but Alumina, with the highest dividend yield on the ASX, has actually seen its share price rise 8.5% over the last 12 months.
In their latest earnings report for full-year 2018, they reported an increase in NPAT of 87% and a 52% increase in their dividend, which is fully franked. Their dividend has now been growing consistently since 2016, and for the most part it follows the share price up or down.
This is a company worth taking a closer look at for the high dividend yield and potential for growth, but don’t be too surprised to see the dividend cut back in the future, as the business is effectively a “price taker”. According to Morningstar, analysts expect the company to reduce its dividend yield in 2019 and 2020.
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