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Cineplex Inc (TSE:CGX): Dividend Is Coming In 3 Days, Should You Buy?

James Harlett

Attention dividend hunters! Cineplex Inc (TSX:CGX) will be distributing its dividend of CA$0.14 per share on the 31 May 2018, and will start trading ex-dividend in 3 days time on the 27 April 2018. Should you diversify into Cineplex and boost your portfolio income stream? Well, keep on reading because today, I’m going to look at the latest data and analyze the stock and its dividend property in further detail. See our latest analysis for Cineplex

5 checks you should use to assess a dividend stock

If you are a dividend investor, you should always assess these five key metrics:

  • Is it the top 25% annual dividend yield payer?
  • Has its dividend been stable over the past (i.e. no missed payments or significant payout cuts)?
  • Has it increased its dividend per share amount over the past?
  • Is it able to pay the current rate of dividends from its earnings?
  • Will the company be able to keep paying dividend based on the future earnings growth?
TSX:CGX Historical Dividend Yield Apr 23rd 18

How does Cineplex fare?

The company currently pays out 148.90% of its earnings as a dividend, according to its trailing twelve-month data, meaning the dividend is not sufficiently covered by its earnings. In the near future, analysts are predicting a lower payout ratio of 114.03%, leading to a dividend yield of 5.77%. However, EPS should increase to CA$1.38, meaning that the lower payout ratio does not necessarily implicate a lower dividend payment. If there is one thing that you want to be reliable in your life, it’s dividend stocks and their constant income stream. CGX has increased its DPS from CA$1.2 to CA$1.68 in the past 10 years. It has also been paying out dividend consistently during this time, as you’d expect for a company increasing its dividend levels. These are all positive signs of a great, reliable dividend stock. In terms of its peers, Cineplex has a yield of 5.55%, which is high for Media stocks.

Next Steps:

With these dividend metrics in mind, I definitely rank Cineplex as a strong income stock, and is worth further research for anyone who considers dividends an important part of their portfolio strategy. Given that this is purely a dividend analysis, I recommend taking sufficient time to understand its core business and determine whether the company and its investment properties suit your overall goals. There are three relevant aspects you should further research:

  1. Valuation: What is CGX worth today? Even if the stock is a cash cow, it’s not worth an infinite price. The intrinsic value infographic in our free research report helps visualize whether CGX is currently mispriced by the market.
  2. Management Team: An experienced management team on the helm increases our confidence in the business – take a look at who sits on Cineplex’s board and the CEO’s back ground.
  3. Other Dividend Rockstars: Are there better dividend payers with stronger fundamentals out there? Check out our free list of these great stocks here.

To help readers see pass the short term volatility of the financial market, we aim to bring you a long-term focused research analysis purely driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis does not factor in the latest price sensitive company announcements.

The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned.