Investors who want to cash in on Ensign Energy Services Inc.’s ( TSE:ESI ) upcoming dividend of CA$0.12 per share have only 4 days left to buy the shares before its ex-dividend date, 22 March 2019, in time for dividends payable on the 04 April 2019. Investors looking for higher income-generating stocks to add to their portfolio should keep reading, as I examine Ensign Energy Services’s latest financial data to analyse its dividend characteristics.
5 questions I ask before picking a dividend stock
Whenever I am looking at a potential dividend stock investment, I always check these five metrics:
- Is it paying an annual yield above 75% of dividend payers?
- Has it paid dividend every year without dramatically reducing payout in the past?
- Has dividend per share amount increased over the past?
- Is its earnings sufficient to payout dividend at the current rate?
- Will it have the ability to keep paying its dividends going forward?
Does Ensign Energy Services pass our checks?
The company currently pays out 129% of its earnings as a dividend, according to its trailing twelve-month data, meaning the dividend is not sufficiently covered by its earnings. Furthermore, analysts have not forecasted a dividends per share for the future, which makes it hard to determine the yield shareholders should expect, and whether the current payout is sustainable, moving forward.
If you want to dive deeper into the sustainability of a certain payout ratio, you may wish to consider the cash flow of the business . A company with strong cash flow, relative to earnings, can sometimes sustain a high pay out ratio.
If dividend is a key criteria in your investment consideration, then you need to make sure the dividend stock you’re eyeing out is reliable in its payments. ESI has increased its DPS from CA$0.34 to CA$0.48 in the past 10 years. It has also been paying out dividend consistently during this time, as you’d expect for a company increasing its dividend levels. These are all positive signs of a great, reliable dividend stock.
Compared to its peers, Ensign Energy Services produces a yield of 9.1%, which is high for Energy Services stocks.
Taking into account the dividend metrics, Ensign Energy Services ticks most of the boxes as a strong dividend investment, putting it in my list of top dividend payers. Given that this is purely a dividend analysis, I urge potential investors to try and get a good understanding of the underlying business and its fundamentals before deciding on an investment. Below, I’ve compiled three essential factors you should further examine:
- Future Outlook : What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for ESI’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for ESI’s outlook.
- Valuation : What is ESI worth today? Even if the stock is a cash cow, it’s not worth an infinite price. The intrinsic value infographic in our free research report helps visualize whether ESI is currently mispriced by the market.
- Other Dividend Rockstars : Are there better dividend payers with stronger fundamentals out there? Check out our free list of these great stocks here .
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