Category Archives: Dividend Investing

Fortis Inc.: A Quality Utility That Looks Cheap?!

The main content for this article first appeared in the Seeking Alpha Marketplace service DGI Across North America, in which other utilities were discussed.

Utilities have been great income-growth investments over the long term. The Canadian utilities have dipped meaningfully recently. So, I think it’s a great time to check out Fortis Inc. (TSX:FTS)(NYSE:FTS).

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Get a +5% Yield From This Stable Company

The main content for this article first appeared as 1 of 9 top Canadian dividend ideas for December 2017 in the Seeking Alpha Marketplace service DGI Across North America.

Brookfield Property Partners LP (TSX:BPY.UN)(NYSE:BPY) is a reasonably-priced stock in a fully-valued market. Now is an excellent opportunity to buy Brookfield Property (below ~CAD$28 per unit on the Toronto Stock Exchange and at ~US$22 on the New York Stock Exchange) for income.

office building with a friendly smiling cartoon character beside it

The Business

Brookfield Property owns and operates a global portfolio of real estate assets with a focus in North America. It has ~US$152 billion of assets under management, of which ~73% are in North America. Nearly 17% are in the United Kingdom and Europe, ~8% are in Australia and Asia, and <2% are in Brazil. It has 30 offices, around the globe, where it has ~250 investment professionals and ~16,000 operating employees to get the job done.

About 80% of its portfolio is in core office and retail assets, which targets total returns of 10-12%. The remainder of the portfolio is in opportunistic investments, which target higher returns of 18-20%.

The core portfolio focuses on generating stable cash flows, which help with paying its +5% yield. The opportunistic portfolio aims to invest in mispriced properties in multifamily, industrial, hospitality, triple net lease, self-storage, student housing, and manufactured housing sectors.

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Should You Buy Open Text Corp. for High Dividend Growth?

This first appeared as 1 of 3 top US dividend ideas for September 2017 in the Seeking Alpha Marketplace service DGI Across North America.

Open Text Corp. (TSX:OTEX)(NASDAQ:OTEX) is a mid-cap technology company, which has been growing by acquisitions in the expanding industry of enterprise information management. It is a global leader that offers software applications and cloud services in managing data.

Open Text strong long-term total returns

Source: August presentation (pdf)

Shares Experienced a Meaningful Dip

The stock has dipped about 15% on the Toronto Stock Exchange since April. This is partially because of a stronger Canadian dollar against the USD, as the company reports in USD. So, interested Canadian investors should take advantage of a stronger loonie and pick up some shares for technology exposure.

For U.S. or Canadian investors, the stock offers above-average growth (and dividend growth) at a low multiple. At ~US$32.30, it trades at a multiple of roughly 15 and a forward multiple of roughly 13, which is attractive for the analyst consensus’s estimated 3-5 year earnings per share growth rate of 19.7% for the company.

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