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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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Don’t Be Spooked By This Big Dividend

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

Altagas’s (TSX:ALA) share price surely looks like it’s turning around after management hiked its dividend for December. Specifically, the dividend increase was nearly 4.3%. That doesn’t sound much until you hear that the company now offers a ~7.5% yield.

Don’t be spooked by Altagas’s big yield, though.

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Is Altagas’s Dividend Safe?

The company is working on a big acquisition, which requires lots of resources. It also plans to sell some of its assets to fund the acquisition. By investing in internal projects, at least some of the lost cash flow will be replenished.

Altagas is devoted to paying out 50-60% of its cash flow as the dividend. Moreover, the dividend is largely backed by long-term contracted cash flow. Altagas’s investment-grade balance sheet also helps.

Altogether, Altagas should be able to maintain its dividend.

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Industry Pullback: Buying Opportunities In Dividend Growth Stocks

This article first appeared in the Seeking Alpha Marketplace service DGI Across North America.

Six dividend growth stocks from the energy infrastructure space are discussed. They offer yields of 4.6-7.5% and double-digit price appreciation potential in the near term.

The energy infrastructure stocks have pulled back meaningfully due more or less to the lower commodity prices. These stocks are safer and less volatile than energy stocks, which have direct exposure to lower-priced commodities.

For income investors, it is a good opportunity to consider the energy infrastructure stocks, which tend to grow their dividends over time.

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Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB)(NYSE:ENB)

Enbridge is the biggest company with the largest scale. Here’s how the company looks like after combining with Spectra Energy Corp. If you’re looking for safety and strong dividend growth, Enbridge is your stock.

Enbridge is ~15% below its 52-week high of ~C$59 per share and ~1.8% higher than its 52-week low of C$49.20 per share.

Enbridge is a diversified business. It produces and processes natural gas, has a complex pipeline system that transports liquids and gas across North America, and generates power with wind, solar, and geothermal facilities.

The company has increased its dividend per share (“DPS”) for 21 consecutive years. In the last 20 years, it has compounded its DPS by 11.2% per year.

Source: Enbridge website

Through 2024, Enbridge expects to hike its DPS by 10-12% per year. Currently, it’s a good time to buy some shares at an attractive yield of ~4.9%.

The street consensus at Thomson Reuters [TSX:TRI](NYSE:TRI) has a mean 12-month target of C$62.30 on the stock, which represents ~24% upside potential in the near term.

F.A.S.T. Graphs also show that Enbridge is undervalued as a multi-year investment as its cash flow per share growth is estimated to grow at a double-digit rate in 2018 and 2019.

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