Canadian retirees are trying to find decent yield in a world where GICs and savings accounts no longer offer acceptable returns.
BCE has long been a favourite with pensioners, and there is little reason for that to change.
The company holds a dominant position in an industry with few serious competitors, and there is little risk of a major new entrant coming in to spoil the party.
Consumers complain about it, and once in a while the government pretends to do something about it, but the situation is unlikely to change, and that’s a good thing for BCE’s investors.
The company has expanded its reach in recent years and now owns sports teams, radio stations, a television network, specialty channels, and retail outlets. When you combine these assets with the world-class wireline and wireless networks, you get a powerful business that pretty much has its fingers in the Canadian communications pie at every point of interaction with the public.
Critics say the stock is expensive by historical standards, and they are right, but investors have very few places to turn for quality yield that is safe, and the era of ultra-low interest rates isn’t going to go away anytime soon.
I wouldn’t own it for share-price growth, but BCE still remains one of the best picks in the Canadian market for above-average dividends. Investors who buy today can pick up a yield of 4.5%.
Inter Pipeline lies in the shadows of its larger infrastructure peers, but the company’s balanced revenue stream makes it an interesting pick in the broader energy space.
Inter Pipeline owns oil sands infrastructure, conventional oil pipelines, natural gas liquids (NGL) extraction facilities, and a European liquids storage business.
All four business segments delivered improved year-over-year funds from operations (FFO) in the second quarter, and management is taking advantage of the weak market conditions to invest for the future.
What’s the scoop?
The company recently agreed to purchase two NGL extraction facilities and related infrastructure for $1.35 billion from The Williams Companies. Inter Pipeline is getting the assets at a 45% discount to the construction cost, so there is an opportunity to generate strong returns on the investment once energy prices recover.
Inter Pipeline raised its dividend last November to $0.13 per share. That’s good for a yield of 5.6% today, and investors could see another hike once the new assets are integrated into the portfolio.
The bottom line
An equal investment in both BCE and Inter Pipeline will generate an average 5% yield in your TFSA at the current dividend rates. Both payouts look sustainable and should increase at a regular clip going forward.