Peyto Exploration & Development Corp. (TSE:PEY): 2 Days To Buy Before The Ex-Dividend Date

Investors who want to cash in on Peyto Exploration & Development Corp.’s (TSE:PEY) upcoming dividend of CA$0.02 per share have only 2 days left to buy the shares before its ex-dividend date, 28 March 2019, in time for dividends payable on the 15 April 2019. What does this mean for current shareholders and potential investors? Below, I will explain how holding Peyto Exploration & Development can impact your portfolio income stream, by analysing the stock’s most recent financial data and dividend attributes.

See our latest analysis for Peyto Exploration & Development

5 checks you should do on 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 the amount of dividend per share grown over the past?
  • Does earnings amply cover its dividend payments?
  • Will the company be able to keep paying dividend based on the future earnings growth?
TSX:PEY Historical Dividend Yield, March 25th 2019
TSX:PEY Historical Dividend Yield, March 25th 2019

How does Peyto Exploration & Development fare?

The current trailing twelve-month payout ratio for PEY is 92%, which means that the dividend is not well-covered by its earnings. In the near future, analysts are predicting a more sensible payout ratio of 27%, which, assuming the share price stays the same, leads to a dividend yield of 3.4%. EPS is also forecasted to fall to CA$0.29 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. 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. The reality is that it is too early to consider Peyto Exploration & Development as a dividend investment. It has only been consistently paying dividends for 8 years, however, standard practice for reliable payers is to look for a 10-year minimum track record.

Relative to peers, Peyto Exploration & Development has a yield of 3.2%, which is on the low-side for Oil and Gas stocks.

Next Steps:

After digging a little deeper into Peyto Exploration & Development’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, 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 relevant factors you should look at:

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