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Only 4 Days Left Before Finning International Inc (TSE:FTT) Will Be Trading Ex-Dividend,

Have you been keeping an eye on Finning International Inc’s (TSE:FTT) upcoming dividend of CA$0.20 per share payable on the 06 December 2018? Then you only have 4 days left before the stock starts trading ex-dividend on the 20 November 2018. Is this future income a persuasive enough catalyst for investors to think about Finning International as an investment today? Below, 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 Finning International

Here’s how I find good dividend stocks

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

  • Is their annual yield among the top 25% of dividend payers?
  • Does it consistently pay out dividends without missing a payment of significantly cutting payout?
  • Has dividend per share amount increased over the past?
  • Does earnings amply cover its dividend payments?
  • Will the company be able to keep paying dividend based on the future earnings growth?
TSX:FTT Historical Dividend Yield November 15th 18

Does Finning International pass our checks?

The current trailing twelve-month payout ratio for the stock is 53%, which means that the dividend is covered by earnings. In the near future, analysts are predicting lower payout ratio of 35%, leading to a dividend yield of 2.9%. However, EPS should increase to CA$2.02, meaning that the lower payout ratio does not necessarily implicate a lower dividend payment.

When thinking about whether a dividend is sustainable, another factor to consider is the cash flow. Companies with strong cash flow can sustain a higher payout ratio, while companies with weaker cash flow generally cannot.

If there’s one type of stock you want to be reliable, it’s dividend stocks and their stable income-generating ability. In the case of FTT it has increased its DPS from CA$0.44 to CA$0.80 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.

Relative to peers, Finning International has a yield of 2.8%, which is on the low-side for Trade Distributors stocks.

Next Steps:

Taking into account the dividend metrics, Finning International ticks most of the boxes as a strong dividend investment, putting it in my list of top dividend payers. Given that 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. I’ve put together three important aspects you should further examine:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for FTT’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for FTT’s outlook.
  2. Valuation: What is FTT 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 FTT is currently mispriced by the market.
  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 past 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. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com.