Is It Worth Considering Bonavista Energy Corporation (TSE:BNP) For Its Upcoming Dividend?

Have you been keeping an eye on Bonavista Energy Corporation’s (TSE:BNP) upcoming dividend of CA$0.01 per share payable on the 15 April 2019? Then you only have 3 days left before the stock starts trading ex-dividend on the 28 March 2019. Should you diversify into Bonavista Energy and boost your portfolio income stream? Well, keep on reading because today, I’m going to look at the latest data and analyze the stock and its dividend property in further detail.

Check out our latest analysis for Bonavista Energy

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 it paid dividend every year without dramatically reducing payout in the past?
  • Has it increased its dividend per share amount 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:BNP Historical Dividend Yield, March 24th 2019
TSX:BNP Historical Dividend Yield, March 24th 2019

How does Bonavista Energy fare?

The company currently pays out 88% of its earnings as a dividend, according to its trailing twelve-month data, meaning the dividend is sufficiently covered by earnings. In the near future, analysts are predicting lower payout ratio of 43% which, assuming the share price stays the same, leads to a dividend yield of around 3.5%. In addition to this, EPS is also forecasted to fall to CA$-0.035 in the upcoming year. The lower EPS on top of a lower payout ratio will lead to a fall in dividend payment 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. Companies with strong cash flow can sustain a higher payout ratio, while companies with weaker cash flow generally cannot.

If there’s one type of stock you want to be reliable, it’s dividend stocks and their stable income-generating ability. Not only have dividend payouts from Bonavista Energy fallen over the past 10 years, it has also been highly volatile during this time, with drops of over 25% in some years. These characteristics do not bode well for income investors seeking reliable stream of dividends.

In terms of its peers, Bonavista Energy generates a yield of 3.5%, which is on the low-side for Oil and Gas stocks.

Next Steps:

If you are building an income portfolio, then Bonavista Energy is a complicated choice since it has some positive aspects as well as negative ones. 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, I recommend taking sufficient time to understand its core business and determine whether the company and its investment properties suit your overall goals. I’ve put together three pertinent aspects you should further research:

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