Is Buying CI Financial Corp (TSE:CIX) For Its Upcoming CA$0.12 Dividend A Good Choice?

Have you been keeping an eye on CI Financial Corp’s (TSE:CIX) upcoming dividend of CA$0.12 per share payable on the 15 August 2018? Then you only have 2 days left before the stock starts trading ex-dividend on the 30 July 2018. Investors looking for higher income-generating stocks to add to their portfolio should keep reading, as I examine CI Financial’s latest financial data to analyse its dividend characteristics.

Check out our latest analysis for CI Financial

5 questions to ask before buying a dividend stock

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

  • Is its annual yield among the top 25% of dividend-paying companies?
  • Has it consistently paid a stable dividend without missing a payment or drastically cutting payout?
  • Has the amount of dividend per share grown over the past?
  • Is its earnings sufficient to payout dividend at the current rate?
  • Based on future earnings growth, will it be able to continue to payout dividend at the current rate?
TSX:CIX Historical Dividend Yield July 27th 18
TSX:CIX Historical Dividend Yield July 27th 18

Does CI Financial pass our checks?

The current trailing twelve-month payout ratio for the stock is 72.73%, 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.

If there’s one type of stock you want to be reliable, it’s dividend stocks and their stable income-generating ability. Dividend payments from CI Financial have been volatile in the past 10 years, with some years experiencing significant drops of over 25%. These characteristics do not bode well for income investors seeking reliable stream of dividends.

In terms of its peers, CI Financial produces a yield of 6.10%, which is high for Capital Markets stocks.

Next Steps:

Taking all the above into account, CI Financial is a complicated pick for dividend investors given that there are a couple of positive things about it as well as negative. However, if you are not strictly just a dividend investor, the stock could still offer some interesting investment opportunities. Given that this is purely a dividend analysis, you should always research extensively before deciding whether or not a stock is an appropriate investment for you. I always recommend analysing the company’s fundamentals and underlying business before making an investment decision. I’ve put together three key aspects you should look at:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for CIX’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for CIX’s outlook.
  2. Historical Performance: What has CIX’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.