Dividends play an important role in compounding returns in the long run and end up forming a sizeable part of investment returns. In the past 10 years Crescent Point Energy Corp (TSE:CPG) has returned an average of 12.00% per year to investors in the form of dividend payouts. Should it have a place in your portfolio? Let’s take a look at Crescent Point Energy in more detail.
5 checks you should use to assess a dividend stock
When assessing a stock as a potential addition to my dividend Portfolio, I look at these five areas:
- Is it paying an annual yield above 75% of dividend payers?
- Has it consistently paid a stable dividend without missing a payment or drastically cutting payout?
- Has dividend per share risen in the past couple of years?
- Can it afford to pay the current rate of dividends from its earnings?
- Will it have the ability to keep paying its dividends going forward?
Does Crescent Point Energy pass our checks?
Crescent Point Energy has a negative payout ratio, meaning that the company is not yet profitable and is paying dividend by dipping into its retained earnings.
If dividend is a key criteria in your investment consideration, then you need to make sure the dividend stock you’re eyeing out is reliable in its payments. Not only have dividend payouts from Crescent Point 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, Crescent Point Energy generates a yield of 3.73%, which is high for Oil and Gas stocks but still below the market’s top dividend payers.
After digging a little deeper into Crescent Point Energy’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, 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. There are three key factors you should further research:
- Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for CPG’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for CPG’s outlook.
- Valuation: What is CPG 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 CPG is currently mispriced by the market.
- 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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