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UPDATE 1-Shares of China's SAIC Motor jump on high dividend payout
March 28, 2014 / 3:00 AM / 4 years ago

UPDATE 1-Shares of China's SAIC Motor jump on high dividend payout

* SAIC to pay cash dividend of 12 yuan for every 10 shares

* Dividend yield of 9 percent compares with 1-2 pct average -analyst

* SAIC forecasts revenue growth will halve to about 8 pct (Recasts, adds analyst comment)

SHANGHAI, March 28 (Reuters) - Shares of SAIC Motor Corp jumped 8 percent on Friday after China’s biggest automaker said it would boost its dividend payout, offsetting concern of the company’s slower revenue growth projection.

SAIC, which owns ventures with Volkswagen AG and General Motors Co, said in its 2013 earnings report late on Thursday that it planned to pay investors a cash dividend of 12 yuan for every 10 shares held.

That represents a dividend yield of 9 percent, compared with 4 percent a year earlier and an average among Chinese listed companies of 1 percent to 2 percent, said Capital Securities analyst Wan Dong.

The dividend yield shows how much a company pays out in dividends each year relative to its share price.

“This kind of payout far exceeds market expectations, making SAIC much more attractive for long-term investors,” Wan said.

“It’s true that big companies like SAIC don’t have big growth potential, but people really like the idea of giving a big portion of a company’s profit back to investors, instead of making inefficient investments.”

The Shanghai-based company reported a 19.5 percent rise in 2013 net profit at 24.8 billion yuan ($3.99 billion), helped by robust sales at its ventures with Volkswagen and GM. That compared with analyst estimates of 23.25 billion yuan.

The company also said revenue growth would likely halve this year from last to about 8 percent, and that industry recovery was fragile due to over capacity and competition.

SAIC shares last traded up 8.12 percent at 13.85 yuan while the broader CSI300 index of top Chinese companies was up 0.3 percent. (Reporting by Kazunori Takada and Samuel Shen; Editing by Christopher Cushing)

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