Only 4 Days Left Before Ensign Energy Services Inc. (TSE:ESI) Will Be Trading Ex-Dividend

Important news for shareholders and potential investors in Ensign Energy Services Inc. (TSE:ESI): The dividend payment of CA$0.12 per share will be distributed to shareholders on 04 April 2019, and the stock will begin trading ex-dividend at an earlier date, 22 March 2019. Investors looking for higher income-generating stocks to add to their portfolio should keep reading, as I examine Ensign Energy Services’s latest financial data to analyse its dividend characteristics.

Check out our latest analysis for Ensign Energy Services

5 checks you should use to assess a dividend stock

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

  • Is it paying an annual yield above 75% of dividend payers?
  • Has it paid dividend every year without dramatically reducing payout in the past?
  • Has dividend per share risen in the past couple of years?
  • Is its earnings sufficient to payout dividend at the current rate?
  • Will it have the ability to keep paying its dividends going forward?
TSX:ESI Historical Dividend Yield, March 17th 2019
TSX:ESI Historical Dividend Yield, March 17th 2019

Does Ensign Energy Services pass our checks?

The company currently pays out 129% of its earnings as a dividend, according to its trailing twelve-month data, meaning the dividend is not sufficiently covered by its 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.

When considering the sustainability of dividends, it is also worth checking the cash flow of a company. A company with strong cash flow, relative to earnings, can sometimes sustain a high pay out ratio.

If there is one thing that you want to be reliable in your life, it’s dividend stocks and their constant income stream. ESI has increased its DPS from CA$0.34 to CA$0.48 in the past 10 years. It has also been paying out dividend consistently during this time, as you’d expect for a company increasing its dividend levels. These are all positive signs of a great, reliable dividend stock.

Relative to peers, Ensign Energy Services has a yield of 9.1%, which is high for Energy Services stocks.

Next Steps:

With these dividend metrics in mind, I definitely rank Ensign Energy Services as a strong income stock, and is worth further research for anyone who considers dividends an important part of their portfolio strategy. 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 relevant aspects you should look at:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for ESI’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for ESI’s outlook.
  2. Valuation: What is ESI 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 ESI is currently mispriced by the market.
  3. Other 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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