Does Power Corporation of Canada (TSE:POW) Have A Place In Your Portfolio?

Power Corporation of Canada (TSE:POW) has pleased shareholders over the past 10 years, by paying out dividends. The stock currently pays out a dividend yield of 5.5%, and has a market cap of CA$13b. Let’s dig deeper into whether Power of Canada should have a place in your portfolio.

View our latest analysis for Power of Canada

5 checks you should do on a dividend stock

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

  • Is its annual yield among the top 25% of dividend-paying companies?
  • Has its dividend been stable over the past (i.e. no missed payments or significant payout cuts)?
  • Has it increased its dividend per share amount over the past?
  • Is is able to pay the current rate of dividends from its earnings?
  • Will it have the ability to keep paying its dividends going forward?
TSX:POW Historical Dividend Yield, February 26th 2019
TSX:POW Historical Dividend Yield, February 26th 2019

How well does Power of Canada fit our criteria?

The current trailing twelve-month payout ratio for the stock is 54%, which means that the dividend is covered by earnings. However, going forward, analysts expect POW’s payout to fall to 45% of its earnings. Assuming a constant share price, this equates to a dividend yield of 5.8%. However, EPS should increase to CA$3.55, meaning that the lower payout ratio does not necessarily implicate a lower dividend payment.

When thinking about whether a dividend is sustainable, another factor to consider is the cash flow. Companies with strong cash flow can sustain a higher payout ratio, while companies with weaker cash flow generally cannot.

If there’s one type of stock you want to be reliable, it’s dividend stocks and their stable income-generating ability. POW has increased its DPS from CA$1.16 to CA$1.53 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 POW a true dividend rockstar.

In terms of its peers, Power of Canada generates a yield of 5.5%, which is high for Insurance stocks but still below the market’s top dividend payers.

Next Steps:

With these dividend metrics in mind, I definitely rank Power of Canada 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, you should always research extensively before deciding whether or not a stock is an appropriate investment for you. I always recommend analysing the company’s fundamentals and underlying business before making an investment decision. There are three relevant factors you should further research:

  1. Valuation: What is POW 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 POW is currently mispriced by the market.
  2. Management Team: An experienced management team on the helm increases our confidence in the business – take a look at who sits on Power of Canada’s board and the CEO’s back ground.
  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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