Should Brookfield Asset Management Inc (TSE:BAM.A) Be Part Of Your Portfolio?

Dividends play an important role in compounding returns in the long run and end up forming a sizeable part of investment returns. Over the past 10 years, Brookfield Asset Management Inc (TSE:BAM.A) has returned an average of 2.00% per year to shareholders in terms of dividend yield. Does Brookfield Asset Management tick all the boxes of a great dividend stock? Below, I’ll take you through my analysis. View out our latest analysis for Brookfield Asset Management

Here’s how I find good dividend stocks

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

  • Does it pay an annual yield higher than 75% of dividend payers?
  • Has its dividend been stable over the past (i.e. no missed payments or significant payout cuts)?
  • Has it increased its dividend per share amount over the past?
  • Can it afford 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:BAM.A Historical Dividend Yield July 11th 18
TSX:BAM.A Historical Dividend Yield July 11th 18

How well does Brookfield Asset Management fit our criteria?

The company currently pays out 24.74% of its earnings as a dividend, according to its trailing twelve-month data, 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 there’s one type of stock you want to be reliable, it’s dividend stocks and their stable income-generating ability. Whilst its per-share payments have increased during the past 10 years, there has been some hiccups. Shareholders would have seen a few years of reduced payments in this time.

Compared to its peers, Brookfield Asset Management has a yield of 1.40%, which is on the low-side for Capital Markets stocks.

Next Steps:

Now you know to keep in mind the reason why investors should be careful investing in Brookfield Asset Management 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 fundamental aspects you should further examine:

  1. Historical Performance: What has BAM.A’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.
  2. Management Team: An experienced management team on the helm increases our confidence in the business – take a look at who sits on Brookfield Asset Management’s board and the CEO’s back ground.
  3. Dividend Rockstars: Are there better dividend payers with stronger fundamentals out there? Check out our free list of these great stocks here.