Something To Consider Before Buying Altius Minerals Corporation (TSE:ALS) For The 1.2% Dividend

Dividends play an important role in compounding returns in the long run and end up forming a sizeable part of investment returns. In the last few years Altius Minerals Corporation (TSE:ALS) has paid a dividend to shareholders. Today it yields 1.2%. Does Altius Minerals tick all the boxes of a great dividend stock? Below, I’ll take you through my analysis.

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5 questions I ask before picking a dividend stock

Whenever I am looking at a potential dividend stock investment, I always check these five metrics:

  • Is it paying an annual yield above 75% of dividend payers?
  • Does it consistently pay out dividends without missing a payment of significantly cutting payout?
  • 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 have the ability to keep paying its dividends going forward?
TSX:ALS Historical Dividend Yield, March 26th 2019
TSX:ALS Historical Dividend Yield, March 26th 2019

Does Altius Minerals pass our checks?

Altius Minerals has a trailing twelve-month payout ratio of more than 200% of earnings, which suggests that the dividend is not well-covered by earnings by any means. Furthermore, analysts have not forecasted a dividends per share for the future, which makes it hard to determine the yield shareholders should expect, and whether the current payout is sustainable, moving forward.

When considering the sustainability of dividends, it is also worth checking the cash flow of a company. Companies with strong cash flow can sustain a higher payout ratio, while companies with weaker cash flow generally cannot.

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. The reality is that it is too early to consider Altius Minerals as a dividend investment. It has only been consistently paying dividends for 4 years, however, standard practice for reliable payers is to look for a 10-year minimum track record.

In terms of its peers, Altius Minerals generates a yield of 1.2%, which is high for Metals and Mining stocks but still below the low risk savings rate.

Next Steps:

After digging a little deeper into Altius Minerals’s yield, it’s easy to see why you should be cautious investing in the company just for the dividend. On the other hand, if you are not strictly just a dividend investor, the stock could still be offering some interesting investment opportunities. 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 pertinent aspects you should further examine:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for ALS’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for ALS’s outlook.
  2. Valuation: What is ALS 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 ALS is currently mispriced by the market.
  3. 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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