Investing in dividend stocks allows you to derive a predictable stream of passive income as well as benefit from long-term capital gains. The ideal dividend stock is one that generates steady cash flows across business cycles and has a wide economic moat, permitting the company to increase payouts each year.
Here, we’ll look at three such dividend-growth stocks Canadians can buy for 2022.
It’s difficult to look beyond Enbridge (TSX:ENB)(NYSE:ENB) when we shortlist Canadian dividend-paying companies. A Dividend Aristocrat, Enbridge, recently increased its dividends for the 27th consecutive year, providing investors with a tasty forward yield of 7.2%.
The energy heavyweight expects to generate between $15 billion and $15.6 billion of adjusted EBITDA next year, which will be 9% higher compared to 2021. It also expects distributable cash flows between $5.20 and $5.50 per share in 2022 which is 10% higher than the current year. A key driver of higher cash flows is the deployment of $10 billion in expansion projects, which will be completed in 2021.
ENB stock continues to trade at a discount and is valued at a forward sales to cash flow multiple of just nine. The company also authorized up to $1.5 billion in share buybacks, which will further increase its cash flow per share going forward.
Enbridge now expects to plow $4 billion in expansion projects in 2022 in addition to its current backlog of $9 billion, which will increase its base of cash-generating assets and support higher payouts.
Brookfield Renewable Partners
A renewable energy giant, Brookfield Renewable Partners (TSX:BEP.UN)(NYSE:BEP) offers investors a forward yield of 3.4%. Brookfield has increased dividends at an annual rate of 6% in the last 11 years. It expects payouts to grow between 5% and 9% going forward.
Generally, dividend stocks with a high yield don’t have exciting growth prospects. But Brookfield Renewable is optimistic about generating annual returns of 15% in the long term. After adjusting for dividends BEP stock has returned over 500% to investors in the last decade, easily surpassing gains of the broader indices.
The global shift towards clean energy solutions will be a key driver of Brookfield’s rising cash flows, making it a solid long-term bet for dividend investors right now. Its cash flows are highly diversified, and no single region accounts for over 10% of total cash flow. Further, its power-purchase agreements have an average contract life of 14 years.
Algonquin Power & Utilities
The final stock on my list is Algonquin Power & Utilities (TSX:AQN)(NYSE:AQN). Valued at a market cap of $12.26 billion, AQN stock has returned 352% to investors in the past decade. However, it’s also down 18% from all-time highs, allowing investors to buy the dip and benefit from a forward yield of 4.8%.
In Q3 of 2021, Algonquin increased EBITDA by 27% to $252 million, while its adjusted net earnings per share stood at $0.15, which was in line with its year-ago period.
The company deployed $3.4 billion in capital expenditures, allowing it to increase quarterly dividends from $0.199 per share in 2020 to $0.215 per share in 2021.
The Foolish takeaway
These three dividend stocks will enable investors to generate inflation-beating returns over time. An investment of $10,000 in each of these stocks will allow investors to earn more than $1,500 in annual dividends.