3 Small Gas Stocks for Dividends

There are a number of companies like Enerflex Ltd. (TSX:EFX) that give dividend investors a way to invest in the natural gas space without buying a producer.

| More on:
Gas pipelines

Image source: Getty Images

You’re reading a free article with opinions that may differ from The Motley Fool’s premium investing services. Become a Motley Fool member today to get instant access to our top analyst recommendations, in-depth research, investing resources, and more. Learn more

Looking to get exposure to natural gas companies but do not want to buy into a high-risk producer or driller? The fact is that you don’t have to invest in one of these companies to gain exposure to the sector. There are a number of small Canadian companies that pay great dividends, provide exposure to the commodity, and are quite diversified.

Enerflex (TSX:EFX)

By designing and manufacturing facilities for natural gas transportation as well as providing support, services, and parts, Enerflex is positioned to benefit, as many countries begin to use natural gas as a bridge fuel to renewable energy. This strategy positions the company to benefit from the increasing global adoption of natural gas.

The company is focusing on increasing recurring revenue through its service offerings. In 2018, Enerflex’s recurring revenue grew by 12.9% year over year. Total revenue growth was also healthy, increasing by 9.7% over 2017. Operating cash flow grew by a healthy 20.7%. These numbers powered a dividend increase of 10.5% in 2018. The company pays a dividend of 2.20% at the time of this writing.

Pason Systems (TSX:PSI)

Pason is a great integration of technology and the oil and gas industry. The company provides integrated drilling data systems for oil and gas drillers. The stock suffered much less than other companies in the sector for a couple of reasons. It has a rock-solid balance sheet, for one thing, with $203 million in cash and no debt as of year-end 2018. Its financial performance is also fantastic, increasing full-year 2018 revenue 25% over 2017 and fund flows from operations by 48%.

As an efficiency solutions company to drilling companies, its earnings are tied to the oil and gas industry. This means that it is not immune to a downturn in the sector, and the last few years have exposed this weakness. Its dividend, for example, was not raised for a couple of years during the worst of the downturn, but it was not cut either. At present, Pason pays a pretty decent yield of just under 4%. Furthermore, it raised its payout in 2018 by $0.02 or 2.8%.

Just Energy Group (TSX:JE)(NYSE:JE)

Although Just Energy is not technically operating in the oil and gas industry, it does have a relationship to the space; this company has a close relationship to the natural gas commodity space. The company essentially provides contracted services to individuals and businesses that help them optimize their energy usage.

In the third quarter of 2019, as reported by the company on December 31, 2018, Just Energy produced good financial results. Just Energy increased sales by 6% and base EBITDA. Base funds from operations were down 15%, unfortunately, and its debt is a little higher than I’d like. Bad debts and increased administration costs cut into earnings, reducing profitability somewhat. The dividend-payout ratio as a percentage of base funds from operations remained intact at 67%, however. This means the company should be able to maintain its 11% dividend for the time being.

Who should invest in these companies?

But in order to invest in any of these companies, you need to be comfortable with a couple of things. They are smaller companies by market capitalization, so you have to be willing to accept any added volatility associated with that fact. In the case of Just Energy, you will have a higher yield, but the payout may be under pressure if its high debt begins to affect the company. Oil and gas volatility will also affect these names, although perhaps not as much as the producers themselves.

All three of these companies are related to the natural gas energy industry but are not producers of the basic commodity. Owning these companies will give you great dividends that will satisfy the needs of income investors.

This article represents the opinion of the writer, who may disagree with the “official” recommendation position of a Motley Fool premium service or advisor. We’re Motley! Questioning an investing thesis — even one of our own — helps us all think critically about investing and make decisions that help us become smarter, happier, and richer, so we sometimes publish articles that may not be in line with recommendations, rankings or other content.

Fool contributor Kris Knutson has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. Pason is a recommendation of Stock Advisor Canada and Dividend Investor Canada.

More on Dividend Stocks

edit Back view of hugging couple standing with real estate agent in front of house for sale
Dividend Stocks

Why Real Estate Stocks Are a No-Brainer Addition to Your Portfolio

Real estate stocks, especially REITs, offer some distinct advantages over other types of stocks, making them must-have additions to most…

Read more »

Various Canadian dollars in gray pants pocket
Dividend Stocks

3 Top TSX Dividend Stocks to Buy for Monthly Passive Income

Top TSX stocks with monthly dividends now trade at cheap prices for investors seeking passive income.

Read more »

Canadian Dollars
Dividend Stocks

Create Free Passive Income and Turn it Into Thousands With 1 TSX Stock

If you can't afford to invest, you can certainly create passive income another way and use that to invest in…

Read more »

Payday ringed on a calendar
Dividend Stocks

Canadian Dividend Investors: 2 ETFs That Pay Monthly Income With High Yields

Dividend ETFs often pay out monthly distributions compared to dividend stocks.

Read more »

think thought consider
Dividend Stocks

2 Stocks I Own and Will Buy More of if They Fall

Stocks tend to go up in the long run. Therefore, buying a basket of diversified stocks on dips should lead…

Read more »

Various Canadian dollars in gray pants pocket
Dividend Stocks

2 Oversold TSX Dividend Stocks to Buy for Passive Income

Blue-chip dividend stocks such as Royal Bank of Canada and Manulife Financial pay investors a tasty forward yield.

Read more »

TFSA and coins
Dividend Stocks

TFSA Passive Income: 3 Solid Stocks to Earn $355 Every Month

Looking to earn steady passive income? Here are three solid TSX stocks that can help you earn a worry-free passive…

Read more »

Dividend Stocks

RRSP Investors: 2 Stocks to Buy in August for Dividends and Capital Gains

RRSP investors can still find top TSX dividend stocks trading at cheap prices today for a buy-and-hold portfolio.

Read more »