Is Suncor Energy Inc (TSE:SU) A Smart Choice For Dividend Investors?

Over the past 10 years Suncor Energy Inc (TSE:SU) has been paying dividends to shareholders. The company is currently worth CA$75.8b, and now yields roughly 3.1%. Let’s dig deeper into whether Suncor Energy should have a place in your portfolio.

See our latest analysis for Suncor Energy

How I analyze a dividend stock

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

  • Is it paying an annual yield above 75% of dividend payers?
  • Has its dividend been stable over the past (i.e. no missed payments or significant payout cuts)?
  • Has dividend per share risen in the past couple of years?
  • 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:SU Historical Dividend Yield October 22nd 18
TSX:SU Historical Dividend Yield October 22nd 18

How well does Suncor Energy fit our criteria?

The current trailing twelve-month payout ratio for the stock is 50%, meaning the dividend is sufficiently covered by earnings. In the near future, analysts are predicting lower payout ratio of 37%, leading to a dividend yield of around 4.6%. However, EPS should increase to CA$3.7, meaning that the lower payout ratio does not necessarily implicate a lower dividend payment.

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 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. In the case of SU it has increased its DPS from CA$0.20 to CA$1.44 in the past 10 years. During this period it has not missed a payment, as one would expect for a company increasing its dividend. This is an impressive feat, which makes SU a true dividend rockstar.

Compared to its peers, Suncor Energy generates a yield of 3.1%, which is on the low-side for Oil and Gas stocks.

Next Steps:

With this in mind, I definitely rank Suncor Energy as a strong dividend stock, and makes it worth further research for anyone who likes steady income generation from their portfolio. 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. Below, I’ve compiled three fundamental aspects you should further examine:

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

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.