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.
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.
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (TSX:CM)(NYSE:CM) generates stable earnings, which translates to a stable stock most of the time. Stable earnings coupled with a sustainable payout ratio makes CIBC’s current yield of 5% solid.
CIBC’s stock often gives the notion that it underperforms the other Big Six Canadian banks, but as we shall see, that’s not always the case.
In the first nine months of the fiscal year, CIBC reported adjusted earnings per share (“EPS”) of C$9.07, down 1.5% against the comparable period a year ago. These are stable enough earnings and led to a payout ratio of just under 46%. As well, its return on equity fell 2% to 15.8% year over year.
Is CIBC a Buy?
Over the next 3-5 years, the other Big Six Canadian banks are estimated to experience EPS growth that will be more than twice as fast as CIBC’s estimated EPS growth of 2.2%. Therefore, the stock trades at the lowest P/E among the banks for a reason.
It’s best to consider names like Toronto-Dominion Bank (TSX:TD)(NYSE:TD) or National Bank of Canada (TSX:NA) for long-term investment, especially on dips.
Walt Disney (NYSE:DIS) is a king of content but it needed to deliver that content to consumers the way they want to consume it. Since 2016, it has begun transforming for that need…
Should You Buy Disney Today?
The last year was a major investment year for Disney, namely Twenty-First Century Fox for $71 billion and capital expenditures (“CapEx”) that were up 9.2% year over year to $4.9 billion, and the CapEx is set to increase by a further 10% next year.
Moreover, Disney expects the DTC & International segment to generate ~$800 million in operating losses for fiscal Q1 2020 but to be accretive to EPS for fiscal 2021 and realize cost synergies of more than $2 billion from operating efficiencies by 2021.
Because Disney is fully valued today, we think there are better investment ideas out there, such as from our top dividend ideas list. Investors may just get a better entry point in the coming 12 months.