This has me scratching my head. Certain, objectively, Algonquin launched some unhealthy information, and it got here clear about how rising rates of interest are going to sting its backside line. The corporate is just not value as a lot at the moment because it was per week in the past.

That stated, a 32% dump?! And, for an organization that has the majority of its revenues assured by regulated authorities utility contracts?

Critics of Algonquin level to the truth that rates of interest will proceed to chunk, and if the brand new acquisition doesn’t go in addition to deliberate, a dividend lower or share dilution could be the cruel actuality.

Nonetheless, a number of firm insiders, together with its CEO, bought over 100 thousand shares of the corporate this week. And plenty of dividend-conscious buyers are wanting on the present 9.6%-dividend yield and could be pondering, “even when this dividend will get lower in half, I’m nonetheless 4.8%… what are we lacking right here?”

Whereas it could be some time earlier than Algonquin will get again to the $20-per-share stage it not too long ago loved, I’ve to say that this appears to me like a traditional case of panic spiralling and leveraged investing. 

There may be nothing in Algonquin’s earnings report suggesting it’s value a 3rd lower than it was per week in the past. The corporate has 70% to 80% of its debt in long-term fastened fee agreements, and regulators will permit them to lift its revenues to some extent going ahead (whether or not that totally matches inflation or not is hard to say). 

Its dividend appears moderately safe from an adjusted funds from operations (AFFO) dividend payout ratio perspective (what most utility firms use as their most well-liked dividend safety metric). 

Even when Algonquin has to pause dividend will increase or lower its dividend for a yr, the underlying funding philosophy of shopping for shares in an organization that delivers water, pure fuel and electrical energy to people—with a facet dish of renewable vitality belongings—nonetheless appears like a stable long-term choice to me.

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