Top 10 Canadian Dividend Stocks – January 2021

While 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.

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#1 – TC Energy

TRP - TransCanada PipelineTC Energy is a leading North American infrastructure company. It supplies more than 25% of natural gas consumed daily across North America.

The company has a strong portfolio of diversified assets, storage facilities and power generation plants and operates one of North America’s largest natural gas pipelines networks extending to more than 57,500 miles.

TC Energy operates three complementary energy infrastructure businesses across three major geographies in North America. By generation type, TC’s assets can be divided into nuclear, natural gas and wind.

The USA, Canada and Mexico are its core geographies and the company has access to North America’s two most prolific natural gas supply basins.

With more than 65 years of service, TC Energy is known for delivering energy in a safe and sustainable manner. Ownership of low-risk regulated cost-of-service businesses and long-term contracted energy infrastructure assets differentiate TC Energy from its peers.

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#2 – 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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#3 – Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.

ATD.B - Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.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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#4 – Brookfield Infrastructure

BAM - Brookefield Asset ManagementBrookfield Infrastructure Partners is one of the largest owners and operators of infrastructure networks globally. The firm acquires good quality businesses, restructures its operations and subsequently sells them.

Brookfield’s business units include real estate, infrastructure, renewable power, and private equity. Brookfield Infrastructure’s key segments are utilities (39% of total FFO), transport (39%), energy (31%), data infrastructure (8%), and corporate (-17%).

The firm has a diversified portfolio of high quality and long life assets spread geographically across North and South America, Asia Pacific and Europe. The firm is highly diversified by sectors and geographies which reduces volatility and safeguards against any market fluctuation.

Brookfield Infrastructure focuses on the ownership of stable cash flow generating assets operating under regulated frameworks. The firm is in a good position to benefit from strong infrastructural development across the world. The firm’s objective is to generate an equity return of 12%-15% in the long term and grow its annual distribution by 5%-9%.

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#5 – Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp

AQN - Algoquin Power & Utilities CorpAlgonquin Power & Utilities is a diversified utility company in North America with $10 billion in total assets. The company engages in the generation, transmission, and distribution of water, gas, and electricity to communities across the U.S. It also has renewable energy business.

As a growing renewable energy company, Algonquin Power owns a strong portfolio of long term contracted wind, solar and hydroelectric assets with 1.5 GW of total installed capacity.

The company through its subsidiaries owns an equity interest in more than 39 clean energy facilities. Algonquin Power operates through two subsidiaries: Liberty Utilities (64% of 2018 earnings) and Liberty Power (36%).

The company has more than 50 power generation facilities and 20 utilities across North America. Algonquin’s utility business serves nearly 770,000 customers in twelve states across the U.S., through 1,200 miles of electrical transmission lines and 100 miles of natural gas transmission pipelines.

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#6 – 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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#7 – Atco Ltd

ACO.X - AtcoATCO is a diversified company providing services and business solutions globally. It is Alberta’s largest natural gas distribution company, serving approximately 1.2 million customers in nearly 300 communities.

ATCO has manufacturing facilities in Canada, the US, Chile, and Australia. The company serves more than two million customers in over 100 countries around the world.

It provides integrated solutions in structures & logistics, electricity, pipelines & liquids, commercial real estate and retail energy.

ATCO owns an impressive asset base comprising of 21 power plants with a generation capacity of 2500+ MW, 87,000 km electric power lines, huge hydrocarbon storage capacity, 64,500 km natural gas pipelines, etc. Its regulated earnings have doubled to 93% in 2017 from 45% in 2012.

The company’s operating segments are Canadian Utilities (electricity, pipelines & liquids, and corporate) which accounted for 78% of total earnings (Q3’18) followed by structures & logistics (4%), Neltume Ports (1%) and corporate and others (17%).

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#8 – Manulife

MFC - ManulifeManulife Financial Corporation is a leading international financial services company in Canada. The company provides financial advice, insurance, as well as wealth and asset management solutions for individuals, groups, and institutions.

As of March 2018, Manulife had $1.1 trillion assets under management making it one of the largest life insurance companies in the world. More than 80% of its assets are fixed income, of which 98% is investment grade.

Manulife offers unique product offerings for different markets it serves. The company provides a suite of financial protection and wealth management solutions to meet the current and future needs of individual and group customers. The company also owns reputed brands like Manulife and John Hancock in the USA.

Manulife serves 26 million customers in the USA, Canada, and Asia. With more than 125 years of experience, the company has developed strong customer relations and a deep understanding of their financial needs. Clients look to Manulife for reliable and intelligent financial solutions.

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#9 – Metro

MetroMetro is a leading food and pharmaceutical company having operations in Quebec and Ontario. The company is one of the largest food retailers in Canada.

The company operates through more than 600 food stores operating under the banners Metro, Metro Plus, Super C, Food Basics and Adonis. Its drug business is conducted through 650 drugstores and pharmacies operating under the banners Jean Coutu, Brunet, Metro Pharmacy and Drug Basics.

Its two business segments, food operations and pharmaceutical operations are combined into one reportable operating segment.

Metro has developed a successful market segmentation strategy with its different grocery banners catering to three different market segments. For example, Metro, Super C and Adonis all target unique markets and customers. Metro and Metro Plus are leading supermarket chains in Quebec and Ontario.

Metro’s largest acquisition of Jean Coutu group that has resulted in the creation of a $16-billion retail leader.

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#10 – 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.

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