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A Higher-Growth Utility For Your Income Needs

Recently, I got an article published about Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. (TSX:AQN)(NYSE:AQN). That’s right. It’s a higher-growth utility that might help to fill your income needs.

Summary

  • Algonquin is estimated to grow at a rate (of 10%) that’s double that of some its bigger peers.
  • It offers a ~4.9% yield and aims to increase its dividend at a CAGR of 10% through 2022.

Business Overview

Algonquin’s portfolio is best summed up in two parts:

1) Non-regulated electric generation assets powered by renewable and thermal energy. It has 1,545 MW of net generating capacity (68% wind, 8% hydro, 2% solar, and 22% thermal) across 38 facilities. This part of the portfolio makes up ~30% of Algonquin’s assets.

About 87% of the output from its hydro, wind, and solar facilities (i.e. ~68% of its net generating capacity) have long-term power purchase agreements with a production-weighted average remaining term of ~15 years.

2) Regulated electric, natural gas, water distribution and wastewater collection utility systems, and transmission operations serve 762,000 customers across 12 U.S. states through 33 utilities. This part of the portfolio makes up ~70% of Algonquin’s assets.

Algonquin has been benefiting from the shift to renewable power from coal. The utility has been growing its power portfolio partly by developing its own projects and partly by accretive acquisitions. Its regulated utilities continue to grow organically, and the company is also on the lookout for accretive acquisitions.

Dividend

Algonquin has increased its dividend for 7 consecutive years with a 5-year dividend growth rate of ~9.6%, and it currently offers a decent yield of ~4.9% that’s juicier than most other utilities. Management targets dividend growth of ~10% per year, which will reduce Algonquin’s payout ratio over time.

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High-growth utility with a 4.5% yield

Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp (TSX:AQN)(NYSE:AQN) has returned about 24.6% on the TSX in the last 12 months. The utility offers a U.S. dollar-denominated dividend which benefits Canadian investors no matter if they opt to receive its dividend in the Canadian or U.S. currency. For U.S. investors, Algonquin offers above-average growth in the relatively stable utility space.

Algonquin continues to execute. In Q1, its adjusted earnings per share increased 19% and its assets grew 94% compared to Q1 2016.

These are thanks partly to its acquisition of Empire, which added 218,000 new water, gas, and electric utility customers to its portfolio, as well as 1,400 MW of regulated electrical power generation.

wind-power facility

Photo: warrenski. License: CC SA 2.0 Source: flickr

Algonquin also put in service 210MW of net power generation capacity, of which 160MW has 20 years of power purchase agreements, which implies stable cash flow generation from those facilities.

The utility offers an above-average yield with an above-average growth rate. Due partly to the strength of the U.S. dollar, Algonquin yields 4.5% and aims to grow its dividend by 10% a year.

Thomson Reuters analysts have a mean 12-month price target of C$14.20 on the stock. So, it’s fairly valued. Investors looking for stable, growing income can consider the shares today. However, weakness in the U.S. dollar will bring the yield down for Canadian investors. Investors looking for a margin of safety  should wait until a pullback to at least the low C$13 level.

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A High-Growth Utility for a Rising Income

Income investors would love this stock. It offers a growing dividend in a stable and growing industry. And get this. The company yields +5% today and has higher growth potential than its peers! Just how fast can its dividend grow and what kind of returns can you expect? Read on to find out.

Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp (TSX:AQN)(NYSE:AQN) has been busy making merger & acquisition deals since late 2010. The first deal completed in Q1 2011. Fast forward to today, the utility now has C$6.3 billion of North American assets.

solar power facility

Photo: M.O. Stevens. Cropped. License: CC by 3.0 Source: Wikimedia Commons

Algonquin’s portfolio

Firstly, Algonquin owns and operates wind, solar, hydroelectric, thermal, and natural gas power-generating facilities, which have an installed capacity of 1,300 megawatts.

Secondly, the utility provides essential water, electricity, and natural gas utility services to more than 560,000 U.S. customers. These are rate-regulated services that generate stable and predictable earnings for the utility.

Thirdly, the company is involved in rate-regulated electric transmission and natural gas pipeline systems in the U.S. and Canada.

A growing dividend

Since Algonquin pays a U.S. dollar-denominated dividend, Canadian investors holding it on the TSX will experience yield volatility based on the strength of the U.S. dollar to the Canadian dollar.

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