Should Intact Financial Corporation (TSE:IFC) Be Part Of Your Dividend Portfolio?

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There is a lot to be liked about Intact Financial Corporation (TSE:IFC) as an income stock. It has paid dividends over the past 10 years. The company is currently worth CA$15b, and now yields roughly 2.8%. Does Intact Financial tick all the boxes of a great dividend stock? Below, I’ll take you through my analysis.

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5 checks you should do on a dividend stock

If you are a dividend investor, you should always assess these five key metrics:

  • Is their annual yield among the top 25% of dividend payers?
  • Has it paid dividend every year without dramatically reducing payout in the past?
  • Has dividend per share amount increased 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:IFC Historical Dividend Yield February 12th 19
TSX:IFC Historical Dividend Yield February 12th 19

How well does Intact Financial fit our criteria?

Intact Financial has a trailing twelve-month payout ratio of 58%, which means that the dividend is covered by earnings. However, going forward, analysts expect IFC’s payout to fall to 40% of its earnings. Assuming a constant share price, this equates to a dividend yield of 2.9%. However, EPS should increase to CA$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 IFC it has increased its DPS from CA$1.24 to CA$3.04 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 IFC a true dividend rockstar.

In terms of its peers, Intact Financial generates a yield of 2.8%, which is on the low-side for Insurance stocks.

Next Steps:

Taking into account the dividend metrics, Intact Financial ticks most of the boxes as a strong dividend investment, putting it in my list of top dividend payers. 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 essential factors you should look at:

  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. Valuation: What is IFC 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 IFC 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.