A Spotlight On Intact Financial Corporation’s (TSE:IFC) Fundamentals

As an investor, I look for investments which does not compromise one fundamental factor for another. By this I mean, I look at stocks holistically, from their financial health to their future outlook. In the case of Intact Financial Corporation (TSE:IFC), it is a dependable dividend-paying company that has been able to sustain great financial health over the past. Below, I’ve touched on some key aspects you should know on a high level. If you’re interested in understanding beyond my high-level commentary, take a look at the report on Intact Financial here.

Established dividend payer with adequate balance sheet

With a debt-to-equity ratio of 28%, IFC’s debt level is acceptable. This indicates a good balance between taking advantage of low cost funding through debt financing, but having enough financial flexibility and headroom to grow debt in the future. IFC seems to have put its debt to good use, generating operating cash levels of 0.29x total debt in the most recent year. This is also a good indication as to whether debt is properly covered by the company’s cash flows.

TSX:IFC Historical Debt January 4th 19
TSX:IFC Historical Debt January 4th 19

IFC is also a dividend company, with ample net income to cover its dividend payout, which has been consistently growing over the past decade, keeping income investors happy.

TSX:IFC Historical Dividend Yield January 4th 19
TSX:IFC Historical Dividend Yield January 4th 19

Next Steps:

For Intact Financial, there are three pertinent aspects you should further research:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for IFC’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for IFC’s outlook.
  2. Historical Performance: What has IFC’s returns been like over the past? Go into more detail in the past track record analysis and take a look at the free visual representations of our analysis for more clarity.
  3. Other Attractive Alternatives : Are there other well-rounded stocks you could be holding instead of IFC? Explore our interactive list of stocks with large potential to get an idea of what else is out there you may be missing!

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.

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