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Could TELUS Corporation (NYSE: TU) Cut its Dividend?

Written By Wealth Daily Research Team

Posted September 3, 2019

Today is Tuesday, September 3, 2019, and this is your daily dividend safety update. Today we’re looking at TELUS Corporation (NYSE: TU) stock to see whether its 4.5% dividend is safe.

Let’s look at the company’s payout ratio, cash flow growth, and dividend history to gauge the probability of a dividend cut in the next few years.

Payout Ratio (Dividends/Earnings)

TELUS Corporation has a payout ratio of 68.69%. That’s low enough for us! Payout ratio equals dividends per share divided by earnings per share. A low payout ratio indicates that the company has plenty of money to cover its dividend. We’d be more concerned if the ratio was closer to 100% (or over it).

Cash Flow Growth Year-Over-Year

TELUS Corporation has not grown its cash flow in the last year. That’s a bad omen for dividend investors. No cash flow means no dividend, so if cash flow isn’t growing, that’s a problem for us.

Dividend History & Recent Cuts

TELUS Corporation has a recent history of dividend cuts. In fact, their last dividend cut was this year. That’s not a good sign. Companies that have recently cut their dividend are generally more likely to cut them again.

The Takeaway

TELUS Corporation 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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