If you are a long time reader of this blog, you probably have noticed that I haven’t been writing as many investment related posts (i.e. dividend stock transactions, considerations, evaluations, etc) . Rather, I have been writing more about my thoughts on financial independence retire early (FIRE), and other things I have been learning and experiencing on our quest for financial independence and joyful life.
There are quite a number of reasons behind this shift. Mostly because I think writing non-investment specific posts is more insightful. They are also more fun to write because I write in a style that is more raw. Also, I figured, if you want to read stock analysis, there are other websites that can do a way better write-up than me.
However, over the past few months, many readers have emailed me and asked which dividend stocks we are considering for 2018.
I guess people are asking because of the new TFSA contribution room. In 2018, eligible Canadians are allowed to add $5,500 into their TFSA account. So, by popular demands, here are some Canadian dividend stocks we are considering to add in 2018.
Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS.TO)
We own a bit of Bank of Nova Scotia already but I think we can potentially add more.
Bank of Nova Scotia is one of the most diversified Canadian banks. It has been expanding into Latin America the last number of years and now serve people in North America, Latin America, the Caribbean, Central America, and Asia-Pacific. It is no longer just a Canadian bank. Bank of Nova Scotia also offers a large range of products and services, including personal and commercial banking, wealth management and private banking, corporate and investment banking, and capital markets.
We plan to buy more of BNS for the geographical diversification reason. The Canadian debt level and housing market are slightly worrisome, so purchasing a bank that is well diversified outside of Canada may be a good idea.
It certainly doesn’t hurt when BNS has been paying dividends to shareholders since the 1800’s.
Laurentian Bank of Canada (LB.TO)
Laurentian Bank has seen its share price retreating the last little while. At a PE ratio of 9.9, it is one of the cheapest Canadian banks available from a PE ratio evaluation point of view. With a 10-year dividend payout increase streak and a 10-year dividend growth rate of 7.8%, LB has a solid dividend track record.
LB certainly isn’t as big as the big 5 Canadian banks, with most of its branches in eastern Canada. So from a future growth point of view, LB may not grow as quickly compared to its Canadian peers.
One of the concerns with Laurentian Bank is that it has high exposure to residential mortgages. In the fourth-quarter earnings, LB disclosed that an internal audit found some documentation issues on some mortgages it had sold to a third-party company. As a result, the bank has decided to buy back $392 million of problematic mortgages from the third-party.
Having said all that, I think at the current share price, it may make sense to purchase some shares of LB, collect dividend income, and see what the future holds.
Canadian Utilities (CU.TO)
Canadian Utilities sits at top of the Canadian dividend all-star list with 46 consecutive years of dividend increase. At a dividend yield of over 4%, a payout ratio of 76.5%, and a 10-year dividend growth rate of 8.6%, I am really surprised that we don’t own any shares.
Utilities have not been a strong focus within our dividend portfolio. Perhaps it makes sense to increase our exposure to the utility sector. Since we already own the likes of Fortis, Hydro One, Emera, and Brookfield Renewable Energy, adding CU would allow us to increase diversification within this sector.
We have been nibbling on Emera shares throughout 2017, adding a few shares whenever the price drops. In the past few months, the stock price has continued to drop, which meant its dividend yield is almost at 5%.
Emera has raised dividend payout for 11 years straight with a 10-year dividend growth rate of 9%. While the dividend growth rate is only in the single digit, the high initial dividend yield can be quite enticing. Therefore, we may continue what we did throughout 2017 and continue nibble on Emera shares throughout 2018.
Magellan Aerospace Corp (MAL.TO)
Magellan Aerospace Corp popped up when I was reviewing the Canadian Dividend All-Star list.
From Google Finance:
Magellan Aerospace Corporation is a Canada-based supplier of components to the aerospace industry and in certain applications for power generation projects. The Company engineers and manufactures aeroengine and aerostructure components for aerospace markets, including products for defense and space markets, and complementary specialty products. Its segments include Aerospace and Power Generation Project. The Aerospace segment includes the design, development, manufacture, repair and overhaul, and sale of systems and components for defense and commercial aviation. The Power Generation Project segment includes the supply of gas turbine power generation units. Within the Aerospace segment, the Company’s product groupings include aerostructures and aeroengines. It manufactures complex cast, fabricated and machined gas turbine engine components, both static and rotating, and integrated nacelle components, flow paths and engine exhaust systems for various aeroengine manufacturers.
Basically, MAL is in a very specialized sector. The company started paying dividends in 2013 and has increased dividend payout every year since. The dividend yield is below 2%, but MAL has been increasing dividend payout at above 15% rate each year (its 3-year dividend growth rate is 17%). Furthermore, at the current payout ratio of 20%, the company should be able to continue the impressive dividend growth for years to come. This stock would definitely fall into the low yield high growth category.
What I like about MAL, is that it is in a highly specialized niche market. In September 2017, the company announced that it was selected by Airbus to design and build exhaust systems for the A320neo Pratt & Whitney 1100G-JM engines Nacelle. It is expected this program will generate in excess of $200 million CDN in the first ten years of the life of the program. MAL also has a long history of working with Boeing on their fleets. With airlines looking to invest in more fuel-efficient planes, MAL may be a solid pick up.
The stocks listed above are some of the dividend stocks that we are very likely to add to our portfolio in 2018. Please note, these are simply considerations and by no mean a recommendation to purchase these stocks. Please evaluate these stocks and make purchase decisions on your own.
Dear readers, are there other dividend stocks you are considering?