Have you been keeping an eye on Power Financial Corporation’s (TSE:PWF) upcoming dividend of CA$0.43 per share payable on the 01 November 2018? Then you only have 4 days left before the stock starts trading ex-dividend on the 27 September 2018. What does this mean for current shareholders and potential investors? Below, I will explain how holding Power Financial can impact your portfolio income stream, by analysing the stock’s most recent financial data and dividend attributes.
What Is A Dividend Rock Star?
It is a stock that pays a stable and consistent dividend, having done so reliably for the past decade with the expectation of this continuing into the future. More specifically:
- Its annual yield is among the top 25% of dividend payers
- It consistently pays out dividend without missing a payment or significantly cutting payout
- Its has increased its dividend per share amount over the past
- It is able to pay the current rate of dividends from its earnings
- It has the ability to keep paying its dividends going forward
High Yield And Dependable
Power Financial’s dividend yield stands at 5.7%, which is high for Insurance stocks. But the real reason Power Financial stands out is because it has a proven track record of continuously paying out this level of dividends, from earnings, to shareholders and can be expected to continue paying in the future. This is a highly desirable trait for a stock holding if you’re investor who wants a robust cash inflow from your portfolio over a long period of time.
If there’s one type of stock you want to be reliable, it’s dividend stocks and their stable income-generating ability. PWF has increased its DPS from CA$1.34 to CA$1.73 in the past 10 years. During this period it has not missed a payment, as one would expect for a company increasing its dividend. This is an impressive feat, which makes PWF a true dividend rockstar.
The current trailing twelve-month payout ratio for the stock is 62.5%, meaning the dividend is sufficiently covered by earnings. In the near future, analysts are predicting lower payout ratio of 47.6%, leading to a dividend yield of around 5.7%. However, EPS should increase to CA$3.52, meaning that the lower payout ratio does not necessarily implicate a lower dividend payment.
When considering the sustainability of dividends, it is also worth checking the cash flow of a company. Companies with strong cash flow can sustain a higher payout ratio, while companies with weaker cash flow generally cannot.
There aren’t many other stocks out there with the same track record as Power Financial, so I would certainly recommend further examining the stock if its dividend characteristics appeal to you. However, given this is purely a dividend analysis, I urge potential investors to try and get a good understanding of the underlying business and its fundamentals before deciding on an investment. There are three pertinent factors you should further research:
- Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for PWF’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for PWF’s outlook.
- Valuation: What is PWF 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 PWF is currently mispriced by the market.
- Other Dividend Rockstars: Are there strong dividend payers with better fundamentals out there? Check out our free list of these great stocks here.
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