Something To Consider Before Buying Canlan Ice Sports Corp. (TSE:ICE) For The 2.1% Dividend

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A sizeable part of portfolio returns can be produced by dividend stocks due to their contribution to compounding returns in the long run. Historically, Canlan Ice Sports Corp. (TSE:ICE) has paid dividends to shareholders, and these days it yields 2.1%. Should it have a place in your portfolio? Let’s take a look at Canlan Ice Sports in more detail.

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5 checks you should do on a dividend stock

Whenever I am looking at a potential dividend stock investment, I always check these five metrics:

  • Is it the top 25% annual dividend yield payer?
  • Has it consistently paid a stable dividend without missing a payment or drastically cutting payout?
  • Has dividend per share amount increased over the past?
  • Is its earnings sufficient to payout dividend at the current rate?
  • Will it have the ability to keep paying its dividends going forward?
TSX:ICE Historical Dividend Yield, February 21st 2019
TSX:ICE Historical Dividend Yield, February 21st 2019

How well does Canlan Ice Sports fit our criteria?

Canlan Ice Sports has a trailing twelve-month payout ratio of 26%, which means that the dividend is 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.

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. A company with strong cash flow, relative to earnings, can sometimes sustain a high pay out ratio.

If there’s one type of stock you want to be reliable, it’s dividend stocks and their stable income-generating ability. The reality is that it is too early to consider Canlan Ice Sports as a dividend investment. It has only been consistently paying dividends for 8 years, however, standard practice for reliable payers is to look for a 10-year minimum track record.

Relative to peers, Canlan Ice Sports generates a yield of 2.1%, which is on the low-side for Hospitality stocks.

Next Steps:

After digging a little deeper into Canlan Ice Sports’s yield, it’s easy to see why you should be cautious investing in the company just 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 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 essential factors you should further examine:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for ICE’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for ICE’s outlook.
  2. Valuation: What is ICE 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 ICE is currently mispriced by the market.
  3. Dividend Rockstars: Are there better dividend payers with stronger fundamentals out there? Check out our free list of these great stocks here.

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