Canadian National Dividend Stock Analysis

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Canadian National Railway Co (CNR.TO)(CNI) is the second largest publicly traded railroad company in North America. The company commands an impressive 20,000 miles of rail network and the only railroad serving three coasts. The following system map image demonstrates the scale and reach of Canadian National.

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Canadian National Railway Co System Map

Canadian National is one of the best run companies in the industry. The company continues to churn out impressive numbers year after year. Qualitatively, the CN also maintains an impressive strategic advantages such as the Chicago bypass, which other railroads have to face and deal with the delays.

Railroads are the pulse of the economy. While crude shipments are on their way to a recovery thanks to the rise in oil prices, coal remains in a secular downtrend, although coal plays a very small role and CN escapes the issues faced by other competitors in the industry. CN operates at a great margin and has demonstrated to be the best in class.

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Canadian National Railway Dividend Increase

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Canadian National Railway Company (CNR.TO/CNI) announced a 20% increase in its cash dividend. The quarterly cash dividend will increase from C$0.3125 to C$0.375 per share and payable on Mar 31, 2016 to shareholders on record as of Mar 10, 2016.

Including today’s announcement, CN has declared annual increases to its dividend 20 consecutive times, averaging 17 per cent per year, since its initial public offering of shares in 1995. The annual dividend rate goes up from C$1.25 to C$1.50. Yield going forward based on today’s closing stock price is 2.10%.

Canadian National Railway Dividends & Dividend Growth Rates

Canadian National Railway Dividends & Dividend Growth Rates

From the press release statement:

Luc Jobin, CN executive vice-president and chief financial officer, said: “We are pleased to uphold our track record of consistently returning cash to shareholders. This dividend increase is testimony to our confidence in the strong cash flow generation capacity of CN throughout business cycles, and reaffirms our objective of gradually increasing the dividend payout ratio toward 35 per cent.

My portfolio consists of 52 shares of Canadian National Railway, which increases my annual dividends from C$65.00 to C$78.00, an increase of C$13.

Sector Challenges – Railroads

Over the course of past few months, I have been featuring the Sector Overview series, where I take a sector (or an industry) and provide some basic/background information about the sector. In addition, I present the major companies in the field and profile at a high level comparing the peers. These articles are supposed to be what the title claims – an overview. It is up to each investor to compare and contrast individual companies and decide which one to pick if needed. These articles have garnered a lot of attention from readers (Thank you once again 🙂 ) and the feedback really helps me in making this a better blog for more quality articles. Lately, I have been thinking on the other side of these investment opportunities and decided to highlight the sectors to present the threats and challenges in current environment. I begin this series with a Sector Overview Challenges – Railroads.

The article Sector Overview – Railroads is available here. In that article, I explored the idea of investing in the railroad sector and presented the major railroad operators in N.America – which includes Union Pacific Corp (UNP), Canadian National Railway Co (CNI/CNR.TO), CSX Corp (CSX), Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd (CP), Norfolk Southern Corp (NSC), and Kansas City Southern Inc (KSU). In addition, there is Burlington Santa Fe (BNSF), but the company was bought by Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway and taken private.

Caveat: Before I get into the details of the challenges faced by the sector, I would like to highlight that this is by no means a recommendation to short the stocks. Remember each investment carries risk, and all I am trying to do with this article is to try and highlight the existing risks in current market conditions and during this part of the economic cycle. These conditions may disappear in due time as the economy goes through its ups and downs.

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Canadian National Railway Dividend Stock Analysis 2015

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Canadian National Railway Company (CNR.TO) (CNI) is the second-largest railroad company in North America. The company operates 20,000 miles of network serving three coasts — Atlantic, Pacific, and Gulf coast. CN operates in one of the widest moat industries — railroads. The company has a diversified traffic volume including intermodal, petroleum & chemicals, grain & fertilizers, forest products, metals & minerals, automotive, and coal.

The company is a dividend challenger having raised dividends for 18 consecutive years and has a 5-yr CAGR of 15.2%. The company has the best in class operating margins beating out giants such as UNP, NSC and CSX.

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Recent Buy – Canadian National Railway

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The stock market is going through some wild swings. There are plenty of reasons for the overall sentiment to be down for active traders, but that just means a great opportunity for long term investors to pick up some quality companies in the midst of the panic. Whenever I make a purchase, I like to share my buys to document and illustrate how I am building my income stream over the course of months/years. My main goal is simply to keep investing at regular intervals and build my passive income over the course of time. This is one last purchase for the month of August, adding to an existing position.

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