Could BCE (NYSE: BCE) Cut its Dividend?
Today is Friday, December 13, 2019, and this is your daily dividend safety update. Today we’re looking at BCE (NYSE: BCE) stock to see whether its 4.96% dividend is safe.
High-yield dividend stocks can be very useful to investors of all ages. Younger investors can use dividend reinvestment plans (DRIPs) to grow their portfolios exponentially over time, while retirees can use them to generate passive income.
In both cases, it’s preferable to buy dividend stocks with steady or rising dividends – and avoid those that cut their dividends.
Let’s look at the payout ratio, cash flow growth, and dividend history of BCE to gauge the probability of a dividend cut in the next few years.
Payout Ratio (Dividends/Earnings)
BCE has a payout ratio of 95.53%. That’s too high for our liking. Payout ratio equals dividends per share divided by earnings per share. Payout ratios near or over 100% indicate that the company might not be able to afford its dividend — or that it might have to borrow money to pay it.
Cash Flow Growth Year-Over-Year
BCE has grown its cash flow by 26.24% in the last year. That’s a good omen for dividend investors! When a company grows its cash flow, it can use some of that extra cash to strengthen — or even raise — its dividend.
Dividend History & Recent Cuts
BCE has a recent history of dividend cuts. In fact, its last cut was earlier this year. That’s not a good sign. Companies that have recently cut their dividend are generally more likely to cut them again.
BCE stock has failed 2 of our 3 dividend safety metrics. With that in mind, we believe a dividend cut is likely in the next few years.
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