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Should Power Corporation of Canada (TSE:POW) Be Part Of Your Dividend Portfolio?

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There is a lot to be liked about Power Corporation of Canada (TSX:POW) as an income stock, over the past 10 years it has returned an average of 4.00% per year. The stock currently pays out a dividend yield of 4.70%, and has a market cap of CA$14.23B. Should it have a place in your portfolio? Let's take a look at Power of Canada in more detail. 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:

  • Does it pay an annual yield higher than 75% of dividend payers?
  • Does it consistently pay out dividends without missing a payment or significantly cutting payout?
  • Has dividend per share risen in the past couple of years?
  • Can it afford 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:POW Historical Dividend Yield Feb 24th 18
TSX:POW Historical Dividend Yield Feb 24th 18

How does Power of Canada fare?

The company currently pays out 41.83% of its earnings as a dividend, according to its trailing twelve-month data, which means that the dividend is covered by earnings. In the near future, analysts are predicting a payout ratio of 44.27%, leading to a dividend yield of 4.89%. Furthermore, EPS is forecasted to fall to CA$3.15 in the upcoming year. Reliablity is an important factor for dividend stocks, particularly for income investors who want a strong track record of payment and a positive outlook for future payout. POW has increased its DPS from CA$0.97 to CA$1.43 in the past 10 years. During this period it has not missed a payment, as one would expect for a company increasing its dividend. These are all positive signs of a great, reliable dividend stock. Relative to peers, Power of Canada produces a yield of 4.70%, which is high for Insurance stocks.

Next Steps:

Considering the dividend attributes we analyzed above, Power of Canada is definitely worth keeping an eye on for someone looking to build a dedicated income portfolio. Given that this is purely a dividend analysis, I urge potential investors to try and get a good understanding of the underlying business and its fundamentals before deciding on an investment. Below, I've compiled three relevant aspects you should look at:

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