Category Archives: Dividend Tips

Fortis (TSX:FTS) Stock: Is It a Buy?

Fortis (TSX:FTS)(NYSE:FTS) stock is as stable as stocks go. It’s perfect for conservative and risk-averse investors. Its predictable profitability has allowed it to be one of two Canadian Dividend Aristocrats with continuous dividend increases for 46 years or longer.

Dividend Safety

Fortis stock has a 10-year dividend growth rate of about 6%. The top North American utility is so confident about its growth that it already announced its intention to continue increasing its dividend at an average annual growth rate of 6% through 2024.

Its payout ratio has been at about 70%, and that’s not about to change.

Predictable Business & Profitability

Fortis has 10 utility operations diversified across Canada, the U.S., and the Caribbean. It’s a regulated utility with a focus on electricity/natural gas transmission and distribution assets and highly predictable earnings.

Thanks to management’s excellent decisions in making strategic U.S. acquisitions: Central Hudson (in 2013), UNS Energy (in 2014), and ITC Holdings (in 2016), especially when the loonie was super strong against the greenback in 2013 and 2014, Fortis has greatly diversified its operations and now earns about 65% of its earnings from the U.S.

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3 Top Dividend Stocks For January 2020

Summary

  • 13 authors chose 1 top stock each for January 2020.
  • If I were to choose 3 top stocks from the group, I’d consider Enbridge, Suncor, and Stella-Jones.

Thirteen contributors at Motley Fool Canada put together a list of top Canadian stocks for January 2020. If I were to choose three top stocks from the list, it’d be Enbridge (TSX:ENB)(NYSE:ENB), Suncor Energy (TSX:SU)(NYSE:SU), and Stella-Jones (TSX:SJ).

Enbridge

Enbridge is a great income stock. If you’re looking to stash away some cash for at least five years, consider picking up some shares for a juicy yield of about 6.3%. This is way better than the interest income provided by GICs or CDs. 

A dividend growth streak of 24 years with a three-year dividend growth rate of 11.7% puts Enbridge at the top of the list for safe dividends. Although the leading North American energy infrastructure company will experience slower growth compared to the last 20 years, it will still make a decent investment with its big yield and stable growth profile. 

Enbridge anticipates growing its distributable cash flow by 5-7% over the next few years. So, it’s logical to anticipate dividend growth of about 5% per year in the foreseeable future.

The difference from Enbridge common stock and GICs or CDs, of course, is that Enbridge comes with greater volatility. That’s why investors must have a long-term investment horizon if they’re considering Enbridge. The yield on cost can grow to 8% in five years assuming a 5% dividend growth rate!

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3 Important Dividend Stocks In My Stock Portfolio

I have a strong reason to keep dividend stocks, Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ), Brookfield Infrastructure Partners L.P. (TSX:BIP.UN, NYSE:BIP), and Toronto-Dominion Bank (TSX:TD, NYSE:TD), in my portfolio.

Johnson & Johnson logo

Johnson & Johnson

Allow me to be crystal clear. J&J will not deliver the highest returns as a stock in the healthcare space. I have other stocks for that. At the moment, that includes deep-value dividend stock, CVS Health (NYSE:CVS).

However, J&J’s financial performance is highly stable and predictable. Since 1999, the diversified healthcare conglomerate has increased earnings every single year on a per-share basis. Not surprisingly, it has increased its dividend every year in that period as well. 

Source: F.A.S.T. Graphs – J&J’s earnings and dividends persistently grow

Therefore, J&J stock serves as an excellent anchor for a diversified portfolio. Even when a recession hits, there’s no need to worry about its staying power. In fact, in the last two recessions, it thrived with double-digit earnings and dividend growth!

To sum it up, JNJ stock serves as a stabilizer and high-quality cash cow in my portfolio. I’ll continue adding to it at good valuations as a core holding of my diversified portfolio. 

Currently, I’d consider the stock to be fairly valued to modestly undervalued. At $135 per share, it trades at 15.7x earnings and is estimated to have earnings-per-share growth of 6% per year over the next three to five years. The stock also tends to command a premium multiple due to its high quality.

JNJ stock offers a safe yield of 2.8% backed by a payout ratio of 44%. It’s set to increase its dividend in late April.  

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