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Why First Capital Realty Inc (TSE:FCR) Should Be In Your Portfolio

Kyle Sanford

Over the past 10 years First Capital Realty Inc (TSX:FCR) has returned an average of 5.00% per year from dividend payouts. The company is currently worth CA$4.91B, and now yields roughly 4.29%. Let’s dig deeper into whether First Capital Realty should have a place in your portfolio. See our latest analysis for First Capital Realty

How I analyze a dividend stock

When researching a dividend stock, I always follow the following screening criteria:

  • Is its annual yield among the top 25% of dividend payers?
  • Has its dividend been stable over the past (i.e. no missed payments or significant payout cuts)?
  • Has dividend per share risen in the past couple of years?
  • 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:FCR Historical Dividend Yield Mar 2nd 18

Does First Capital Realty pass our checks?

First Capital Realty has a trailing twelve-month payout ratio of 33.25%, meaning the dividend is sufficiently covered by earnings. Furthermore, analysts have not forecasted a dividends per share for the future, which makes it hard to determine the yield shareholders should expect, and whether the current payout is sustainable, moving forward. Reliablity is an important factor for dividend stocks, particularly for income investors who want a strong track record of payment and a positive outlook for future payout. FCR has increased its DPS from CA$0.8 to CA$0.86 in the past 10 years. During this period it has not missed a payment, as one would expect for a company increasing its dividend. These are all positive signs of a great, reliable dividend stock. In terms of its peers, First Capital Realty generates a yield of 4.29%, which is high for Real Estate stocks.

Next Steps:

Keeping in mind the dividend characteristics above, First Capital Realty is definitely worth considering for investors looking to build a dedicated income portfolio. 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. There are three fundamental factors you should further examine:

  1. Valuation: What is FCR 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 FCR 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 First Capital Realty’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.