Top 10 Canadian Dividend Stocks – December 2019

Top 10 Canadian Dividend StocksWhile we know that the stock market will grow over time, on a day-to-day or even month-to-month basis, the stock market is always changing value due to the daily fluctuation of all the stocks.

The opportunities will vary every month and that’s why it’s important to have a systematic approach to understanding which dividend stocks are an opportunity. An opportunity can be for a stock you already own or simply for a new addition to your portfolio. It is important to note that the rankings below do not assess the viability of the business. Some of the companies are strong blue chip stocks while others are smaller companies with growth or just simply beaten down.

Top 10 Canadian Dividend Stocks

Here are the top 10 Canadian dividend stocks for this month, see below for the details. This is obviously a snapshot in time at the time of writing, many factors could change the rankings.

Here is a quick excerpt on the top 10 dividend growth stocks opportunities identified through the Canadian Dividend Stock Screener.

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Canadian Natural Resources

CNQ - Canadian Natural ResourcesCanadian Natural Resources is a large natural gas and crude oil exploration and production company in Canada. The company operates a diversified portfolio of assets (comprising of mix of natural gas, light crude oil, heavy crude oil, bitumen and synthetic crude oil) in North America, the UK North Sea and Offshore Africa. Canadian Natural’s business can be broadly classified into - North America E&P, international, marketing & midstream. The company holds some of the best oil sands assets in North America, particularly thermal in situ properties, having significant growth potential. Canadian Natural completed its transition to a long life, low decline asset base in 2017, which ensures a growing base of sustainable cash flows especially in low commodity price environments.

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Emera

EMA - EmeraEmera Inc. is a leading North American diversified energy and services company with assets worth $30 billion. The company engages in the generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity and gas, and provides other utility energy services. Emera Inc. has operations in Canada, the USA and in four Caribbean countries. The company serves a diverse base of residential, commercial as well as industrial customers. It operates a balanced and diversified portfolio consisting of ~90% regulated assets in electric utilities, gas LDCs; and unregulated gas-fired generation across North America. Emera reports its results in six operating segments: Emera Florida and New Mexico, Nova Scotia Power Inc., Emera Maine, Emera Caribbean, Emera Energy, and corporate & other. The company invests in electricity generation, transmission and distribution, gas transmission and distribution, and utility energy services. It also has investments in renewable energy assets.

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Enbridge

ENB - EnbridgeEnbridge Inc. is the largest energy infrastructure company in North America. It is Canada’s largest natural gas distributor engaging in the collection, transportation, processing and storage of oil and gas. Enbridge caters to 3.7 million customers in Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, and New York. It owns an extensive network of about 192,000 miles of natural gas and NGL pipelines across North America and the Gulf of Mexico. Its crude oil and liquids transportation systems are huge comprising of more than 17,000 miles of active pipelines. The company is known for its high quality liquids and natural gas infrastructure assets. In addition, Enbridge has 3.1 Bcf/d of processing capacity and 438 Bcf of net natural gas storage capacity. It also owns interests in nearly 3,000 MW of renewable generation capacity. Enbridge operates through five reporting segments - Liquids Pipelines (52% of 2018 earnings), Gas transmission and midstream (22%), Gas Distribution (17%), Green Power and Transmission (4%), and Energy Services (5%).

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Methanex Corp

MX - Methanex CorpMethanex is the largest producer and supplier of methanol in the world. The company operates through a huge network of 6 production facilities (with an annual production capacity of 9.4 million tonnes), 11 global offices, and 17 distribution terminals and storage facilities. It also owns the world's largest fleet of methanol ocean tankers, barge, rail, truck and pipeline. Methanex has access to low cost natural gas feedstock and enters into long-term natural gas contracts which grant it enough cash flow visibility. The company has an extensive international reach and serves large, global chemical and China MTO companies. Its low cost structure and large scale of operations are huge competitive advantages. Methanex benefits from being the only supplier of methanol with a well-established global market presence and production base.

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Canadian Utilities

CU - SmallCanadian Utilities is one of the largest utility companies in Canada. It is a subsidiary of ATCO. By geography, Canada is its principal place of business accounting for 94% of revenues, followed by Australia (5%) and other countries (1%). The company owns regulated electric and gas distribution and transmission assets worth $22 billion serving more than two million customers around the world. About 86% of Canadian Utilities’ earnings comes from regulated sources, and the remaining 14% is derived from long-term contracted assets. Canadian Utilities has core investments in electricity, pipelines & liquids and retail energy business units, as well as its international operations in Australia and Latin America. Its segments are Electricity (70% of 2018 earnings), Pipelines & Liquids (40%) and Corporate & other (-10%). The company owns an extensive network consisting of 87,000 km electrical powerlines, 64,500 km pipelines, 21 global generating plants, water infrastructure capacity of 85,200 cubic meters per day, and natural gas and hydrocarbon storage capacities.

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Alimentation Couche-Tard

Alimentation Couche-Tard is one of the largest Canadian companies and the owner of several Canadian convenience stores. The company also supplies road transportation fuel to approximately 1,300 locations in the U.S. and offers stationary energy and aviation fuel. Couche-Tard caters to more than 9 million global customers daily, offering them merchandise and services (55% of 2018 revenues), motor fuel (43%) and other (2%). As a leading independent convenience store operator, Couche-Tard owns a network of nearly 10,000 convenience stores in 48 states in the U.S., ten provinces in Canada, as well as other countries. It operates more than 16,000 stores worldwide. By geography, the US is its largest market accounting for 67% of 2018 revenues, followed by Europe (20%) and Canada (13%). The company operates through Couche-Tard and Mac’s brands in Canada and Circle K globally. With nearly four decades of experience, Couche-Tard has adapted to the changing customer habits and preferences and has a sound track record of successful acquisitions over the last decade.

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TransAlta Renewable

RNW - TransAlta RenewablesTransAlta Renewables is a renewable energy company and one of the largest generators of wind power in Canada. It is a sponsored vehicle of TransAlta Corporation. With more than a century’s experience under its belt, TransAlta Renewables has developed a rich experience of owning, operating, and maintaining a large fleet of power generation assets. TransAlta Renewables owns and operates 21 wind farms, 13 hydroelectric facilities, seven natural gas plant, one solar facility and one natural gas pipeline in the US, Canada, and Australia. Highly contracted renewable and natural gas power generation assets, and long-term contracts with strong counterparties ensure stable cash flows for the company. Most of its wind, hydro and gas facilities have an established track record of operating history and performance. TransAlta Renewables owns renewable energy facilities across different regions and multiple technologies. The company owns directly or through economic interests more than 2,400 MW of net generating capacity and are strategically located to supply growing industrial regions.

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Exco Technologies

Exco Technologies LimitedExco Technologies engages in the designing, development and manufacturing of dies, moulds, components, and consumable equipment for the die-cast, extrusion and automotive industries. The company has operations in 15 strategic manufacturing locations in seven countries, and functions through three business groups: Automotive Solutions, Extrusion Tooling Solutions and Die Cast Solutions. Exco Technologies has a wide geographic footprint extending to the US (52% of sales), Canada (4%), Mexico (9%), Europe (30%) and others (4%). Exco’s customers are leading automotive and industrial players throughout the world. The company is the world’s leading provider of storage and other convenient solutions to the automotive markets, as well as the largest producer of extrusion tools in North America. The company’s innovative product portfolio continues to expand across more vehicles. Exco is in a good position to benefit from the growing automobile sales in the future.

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Keyera Corp

KEY - Keyera CorpKeyera Corp. is one of the largest independent midstream energy companies with extensive interconnected assets across Canada. The company caters to the needs of oil and gas producers in the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin, and provides NGL gathering and processing, fractionation, storage, transportation, logistics and marketing services. Keyera’s core infrastructure is strategically located in key producing areas of Western Canada Sedimentary basin and Edmonton/ Fort Saskatchewan energy hub. The company also markets iso-octane, propane, butane, condensate and crude oil to customers in Canada and the United States. It operates through Gathering and Processing, Liquids Infrastructure and Marketing segments. Keyera has strong expertise in operating complex energy processing facilities and provides a full range of essential midstream services to its customers.

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Fortis

FTS - FortisFortis is a leading utility company engaging in regulated power generation, electric transmission, and energy distribution across North America. The US accounts for about 60% of Fortis’ business while Canada constitutes the remaining 40%. About 99% of the company’s utility assets are regulated and it operates through regulated independent electric transmission (32% of 2018 earnings), regulated US electric & gas (33%), regulated Canadian & Caribbean electric & gas (40%), and non-regulated energy infrastructure (-5%) business segments. Fortis’ assets can be divided into electric (~80% of asset mix), gas, and non-regulated energy infrastructure. It operates through 10 utility companies such as ITC, UNS Energy, Fortis Alberta, Fortis BC, etc. and serves utility customers in five Canadian provinces, nine U.S. states and three Caribbean countries. ITC Holdings is the largest independent electricity transmission company in the U.S. Fortis caters to 3.3 million utility (2 million electric utility customers and 1.3 million gas utility customers) across North America. The company is known for its highly regulated, low risk and diversified utility businesses.

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Opportunity Score Formula

The top 10 stocks identified above are based on a score calculated using a number of financial data points from the companies. In the end, the score is generated from following five key indicators:

  • 52-Week Range: Trend over the past 52 weeks. Is the stock pulling back from a 52 week high?
  • P/E Ratio: Is the stock price running away from its earnings?
  • Revenue Growth: Is the revenue growing? Growing revenue is important. We don't want to be fooled by share buybacks and cost management only.
  • Dividend Yield: Is the yield attractive? Usually could identify a pullback if the yield starts to go up or major trouble if it goes too high.
  • Dividend Growth: Uses dividend growth and the Chowder Rule. Is the company capable of growing the dividend consistently?
  • Dividend Payout Ratio: Uses historical averages to put today's ratio in perspective. Is the company able to grow the dividend at the same rate it increases its earnings?

The generated score is meant to assess an entry point opportunity based on historical and today's numbers. It completely ignores the business quality, the quality of the company is for every investor to assess. My stock selection process breaks down the quantitative and qualitative assessments investors should establish to pull the trigger before buying.

If you are interested in more details, the Canadian Dividend Screener provides many more data points to help make your investment decision.

Dividend growth investing works and you can generate a healthy retirement income but you have to buy individual stocks. If you are not comfortable with holding individual stocks, you can always buy dividend ETFs or consider different passive income ideas to generate a retirement income.

DISCLOSURE: Please note that I may have a position in one or many of the holdings listed. For a complete list of my holdings, please see my Dividend Portfolio.

DISCLAIMER: Please note that this blog post represents my opinion and not an advice/recommendation. I am not a financial adviser, I am not qualified to give financial advice. Before you buy any stocks/funds consult with a qualified financial planner. Make your investment decisions at your own risk – see my full disclaimer for more details.
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