Is Alcanna Inc (TSE:CLIQ) A Smart Choice For Dividend Investors?

Dividends play an important role in compounding returns in the long run and end up forming a sizeable part of investment returns. Historically, Alcanna Inc (TSE:CLIQ) has been paying a dividend to shareholders. Today it yields 3.8%. Let’s dig deeper into whether Alcanna should have a place in your portfolio.

Check out our latest analysis for Alcanna

Here’s how I find good dividend stocks

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

  • Is it paying an annual yield above 75% of dividend payers?
  • Does it consistently pay out dividends without missing a payment of significantly cutting payout?
  • Has dividend per share risen in the past couple of years?
  • Is is able to pay the current rate of dividends from its earnings?
  • Will it be able to continue to payout at the current rate in the future?
TSX:CLIQ Historical Dividend Yield November 9th 18
TSX:CLIQ Historical Dividend Yield November 9th 18

How does Alcanna fare?

The current payout ratio for CLIQ is negative, meaning that the company is not yet profitable and is paying dividend by dipping into its retained earnings.

If you want to dive deeper into the sustainability of a certain payout ratio, you may wish to consider the cash flow of the business. Companies with strong cash flow can sustain a higher payout ratio, while companies with weaker cash flow generally cannot.

If dividend is a key criteria in your investment consideration, then you need to make sure the dividend stock you’re eyeing out is reliable in its payments. The reality facing CLIQ investors is that whilst it has continued to pay shareholders dividend, there has not been any increase in the level of dividends paid in the past decade. Though this may not be a serious red flag, strong dividend stocks should always strive to increase its payout over time.

Relative to peers, Alcanna produces a yield of 3.8%, which is high for Consumer Retailing stocks but still below the market’s top dividend payers.

Next Steps:

Now you know to keep in mind the reason why investors should be careful investing in Alcanna for the dividend. But if you are not exclusively a dividend investor, the stock could still be an interesting investment opportunity. 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. Below, I’ve compiled three fundamental factors you should further examine:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for CLIQ’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for CLIQ’s outlook.
  2. Historical Performance: What has CLIQ’s returns been like over the past? Go into more detail in the past track record analysis and take a look at the free visual representations of our analysis for more clarity.
  3. 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.