Is Cardinal Energy Ltd. (TSE:CJ) A Smart Choice For Dividend Investors?

A sizeable part of portfolio returns can be produced by dividend stocks due to their contribution to compounding returns in the long run. Historically, Cardinal Energy Ltd. (TSE:CJ) has been paying a dividend to shareholders. Today it yields 4.4%. Should it have a place in your portfolio? Let’s take a look at Cardinal Energy in more detail.

View our latest analysis for Cardinal Energy

5 checks you should use to assess a dividend stock

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

  • 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 it increased its dividend per share amount over the past?
  • 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:CJ Historical Dividend Yield, April 5th 2019
TSX:CJ Historical Dividend Yield, April 5th 2019

How well does Cardinal Energy fit our criteria?

The company currently pays out 75% of its earnings as a dividend, according to its trailing twelve-month data, meaning the dividend is sufficiently covered by earnings. However, going forward, analysts expect CJ’s payout to fall to 50% of its earnings. Assuming a constant share price, this equates to a dividend yield of around 4.1%.

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. The reality is that it is too early to consider Cardinal Energy as a dividend investment. It has only been consistently paying dividends for 5 years, however, standard practice for reliable payers is to look for a 10-year minimum track record.

Relative to peers, Cardinal Energy has a yield of 4.4%, which is on the low-side for Oil and Gas stocks.

Next Steps:

If Cardinal Energy is in your portfolio for cash-generating reasons, there may be better alternatives out there. 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. There are three fundamental aspects you should look at:

  1. Valuation: What is CJ 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 CJ is currently mispriced by the market.
  2. Management Team: An experienced management team on the helm increases our confidence in the business – take a look at who sits on Cardinal Energy’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.

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