Is Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSE:CVE) A Smart Choice For Dividend Investors?

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Dividends play an important role in compounding returns in the long run and end up forming a sizeable part of investment returns. Historically, Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSE:CVE) has been paying a dividend to shareholders. Today it yields 1.9%. Should it have a place in your portfolio? Let’s take a look at Cenovus Energy in more detail.

View our latest analysis for Cenovus Energy

5 questions to ask before buying a dividend stock

When assessing a stock as a potential addition to my dividend Portfolio, I look at these five areas:

  • Is it the top 25% annual dividend yield payer?
  • 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?
  • Based on future earnings growth, will it be able to continue to payout dividend at the current rate?
TSX:CVE Historical Dividend Yield February 7th 19
TSX:CVE Historical Dividend Yield February 7th 19

How does Cenovus Energy fare?

The current payout ratio for CVE is negative, which is not great.

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. A company with strong cash flow, relative to earnings, can sometimes sustain a high pay out ratio.

Reliablity is an important factor for dividend stocks, particularly for income investors who want a strong track record of payment and a positive outlook for future payout. Unfortunately, it is really too early to view Cenovus Energy as a dividend investment. It has only been consistently paying dividends for 9 years, however, standard practice for reliable payers is to look for a 10-year minimum track record.

Compared to its peers, Cenovus Energy has a yield of 1.9%, which is on the low-side for Oil and Gas stocks.

Next Steps:

After digging a little deeper into Cenovus 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. Below, I’ve compiled three important aspects you should look at:

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

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.