Is Portland General Electric Company (NYSE:POR) A Smart Choice For Dividend Investors?

Over the past 10 years Portland General Electric Company (NYSE:POR) has been paying dividends to shareholders. The company currently pays out a dividend yield of 3.2% to shareholders, making it a relatively attractive dividend stock. Should it have a place in your portfolio? Let’s take a look at Portland General Electric in more detail.

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5 questions I ask before picking a dividend stock

When researching a dividend stock, I always follow the following screening criteria:

  • Does it pay an annual yield higher than 75% of dividend payers?
  • Has its dividend been stable over the past (i.e. no missed payments or significant payout cuts)?
  • Has dividend per share risen in the past couple of years?
  • Is its earnings sufficient to payout dividend at the current rate?
  • Will the company be able to keep paying dividend based on the future earnings growth?
NYSE:POR Historical Dividend Yield January 21st 19
NYSE:POR Historical Dividend Yield January 21st 19

How does Portland General Electric fare?

The company currently pays out 61% 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 65% which, assuming the share price stays the same, leads to a dividend yield of 3.5%. Moreover, EPS should increase to $2.42.

When thinking about whether a dividend is sustainable, another factor to consider is the cash flow. A company with strong cash flow, relative to earnings, can sometimes sustain a high pay out ratio.

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. POR has increased its DPS from $0.98 to $1.45 in the past 10 years. It has also been paying out dividend consistently during this time, as you’d expect for a company increasing its dividend levels. This is an impressive feat, which makes POR a true dividend rockstar.

In terms of its peers, Portland General Electric has a yield of 3.2%, which is on the low-side for Electric Utilities stocks.

Next Steps:

Keeping in mind the dividend characteristics above, Portland General Electric is definitely worth considering for investors 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. There are three relevant factors you should further research:

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