Extendicare is a leading provider of care and services for seniors
throughout Canada. The company operates a network of 120 senior care and
living centres (67 owned/53 managed), as well as providing home health care
operations through ParaMed. It employs 23,700 people.
I recommend the common stock of this company, which trades on the TSX under
the symbol EXE. It is also available through the U.S. over-the-counter
market, with the ticker EXETF.
Why I like it:
The company can rely on steady income to fund its dividend, and the yield
is a very attractive 5.7%. There is not much upside potential to the stock
in the short term, but for those interested in cash flow, that should not
be a serious problem.
Second-quarter revenue was $279.5 million, up 2.1% from the same period in
2017. For the first half of the fiscal year, revenue was $550.9 million, a
Net operating income from Canadian operations was up 11.3%, to $36.3
million in the quarter, with a margin of 13% compared with 11.9% in the
same period of 2017.
Adjusted funds from operations (AFFO) was $17.1 million ($0.194 per basic
share), up $2.7 million from last year. For the first half, AFFO was $31.8
million ($0.360 per share), up $4.7 million. Dividends declared were $21.1
million, representing approximately 67% of AFFO. This indicates there is
ample coverage for the dividend.
The stock can be volatile at times. Over the past five years, it has ranged
from a high of over $10 to a low of close to $6. It is currently in the
middle of that range. As with most high-yielding dividend stocks, it is
sensitive to interest rate risk. Obtaining qualified staff, especially
personal support workers, is an ongoing problem.
There is also some political risk. Regulation of nursing homes is a
provincial responsibility, and governments provide significant funding. A
cutback in a provincial budget could negatively impact Extendicare’s
The shares pay a monthly dividend of $0.04 each ($0.48 per year).
Payments are eligible for the dividend tax credit.
Good income, limited growth potential. That’s Extendicare in a nutshell.
Ask your financial advisor if it is suitable for your account.
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