As the market remains volatile, investors should focus on stocks of the companies that continue to generate consistent growth. Rely on these two TSX stocks for steady growth amid uncertainty.
Canadian National Railway
Canadian National Railway (TSX:CNR)(NYSE:CNI)
Canadian National Railway is a consistent performer with its revenues increasing at a CAGR of 7% over the last four years. Meanwhile, its net income and free cash flows have grown at a CAGR of 5% and 8%, respectively, over the same period.
The company’s well-diversified revenue base and strong track record of accretive acquisitions continue to boost growth. Meanwhile, high barriers to entry and favourable industry trends act as a tailwind.
While COVID-19 pandemic could hurt its near-term volumes, benefits from the addition of TransX and freight rate increases should help in mitigating the losses. Meanwhile, operational efficiencies, low fuel expenses, and a decline in labour costs should continue to cushion its bottom line.
Canadian National Railway is also a perfect stock for investors seeking safe passive income. The company has consistently increased its dividends since it listed on the exchange in 1995. Meanwhile, its dividends have grown at a CAGR of 16%, which is commendable. Besides, the company is maintaining the previously announced 7% increase in dividends for 2020. Investors should note that Canadian National Railway’s dividends are safe. Its adjusted payout ratio stands at around 36%, which is sustainable in the long run.
Canadian National Railway’s diversified portfolio, solid customer base, operational efficiencies, and consistent profitability and free cash flow growth provide an underpinning for further upside in its stock. Meanwhile, the reopening of the economy should support Canadian National Railway’s growth further.
Algonquin Power & Utilities
Algonquin Power & Utilities (TSX:AQN)(NYSE:AQN)
Algonquin Power & Utilities impressed with its financial performance in the most recent quarter. While its revenues fell slightly, its profitability and funds from operations continued to grow. The company’s ability to drive its earnings and cash flows continue to support its higher payouts.
Investors should note that Algonquin Power & Utilities is a Dividend Aristocrat and has raised its dividends in the last 10 years in a row. In the previous quarter, Algonquin Power & Utilities announced a 10% increase in its dividend. Currently, Algonquin Power & Utilities stock offers a solid dividend yield of 4.5%.