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Why Scotiabank May Not Be As Great As You Think

Summary
  • Bank of Nova Scotia is Canada’s most international bank with a focus on the Pacific Alliance countries.
  • In the past 10 years, the bank’s earnings-per-share growth versus its share count growth was pretty poor compared to its peers.
  • The stock has underperformed its peers but has outperformed the market.
  • Scotiabank’s dividend yield of 4.7% is safe, and you can expect stable dividend growth from the bank.

As the third-largest Canadian bank by market cap, Bank of Nova Scotia (TSX:BNS)(NYSE:BNS) or Scotiabank is often viewed as a blue-chip dividend growth stock. However, it may not be as great an investment as you think.

First, here’s an overview of the bank.

Business Overview of Bank of Nova Scotia

Scotiabank is Canada’s most international bank, but it still generates about half of its earnings from Canada. Its Canadian Banking segment is secure and generated the highest return on equity (“ROE”) of 22.7% in fiscal 2018 compared to the ROE of 14.4% and 16%, respectively, for its International Banking segment and its Global Banking and Markets segment. The overall ROE was decent at 14.9%.

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Boeing: Should You Buy The Best-Performing Defense Stock Now?

Summary

  • Boeing outperforms its peers and the market in multiple periods.
  • Boeing has a strong backlog of seven years-plus based on current production capacity.
  • Applications of new technologies throughout Boeing’s business will allow for margin expansion to the mid-teens by 2020 and further expansion beyond that.
  • The stock has been in consolidation mode year to date. So, it’s a good time to dig further into the company to see if it fits your portfolio.

Aerospace and defense stocks have finally taken a breather and are in consolidation. As I was reviewing a potential dividend-growth stock to buy from the group, I noticed that Boeing (NYSE:BA) has outperformed its peers, including Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT), General Dynamics (NYSE:GD), and Raytheon (NYSE:RTN) and the market in different periods, including the year-to-date, one-year, three-year, five-year, and 10-year periods.

A Business Overview

Boeing is the world’s biggest aerospace company. It’s also the leading manufacturer of commercial airplanes and defense, space and security systems and a key provider of government and commercial aerospace services.

Boeing supports airlines and the U.S. and allied government customers in 150-plus countries. Last year, its global services segment made up about 15.6% of revenue. Year to date, this segment grew 11%, which will help stabilize its overall business performance as this business is non cyclical, unlike the commercial aerospace industry.

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AltaGas Ltd. (TSX:ALA) Now Offers A 9.6% Yield. Is It Safe?

Summary

  • AltaGas is revisiting its 52-week (and seven-year) low.
  • The company now offers a 9.6% dividend yield.
  • Is the dividend safe?

AltaGas (TSX:ALA) used a mix of debt and essentially stock for the ~CAD$9 billion WGL Holdings acquisition. The debt included a ~US$4.95 billion bridge facility. It also raised capital from the markets by selling CAD$2.6 billion of subscription receipts in Q1 2017.

The acquisition took about a year and four months to finally close in July 2018. In the process, the company had to pay interest on the debt and high dividend-equivalent payments for the receipts, which were converted to common shares when the acquisition closed.

For example, in 2017, AltaGas incurred CAD$170 million of interest expense, which was 12.6% higher than the interest expense of CAD$151 million in 2016 largely due to the financing costs of roughly CAD$19 million associated with the bridge facility.

In 2017, AltaGas paid about CAD$147.84 million of dividend-equivalent payments for the subscription receipts. In comparison, it declared ~CAD$362 million of common stock dividends and ~CAD$59 million of preferred dividends.

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