Dividend policy

The company pays its shareholders a quarterly dividend of 8.5 cents per share, or 34 cents on a yearly basis. This translates to a dividend yield of approximately 1.8 per cent.

Management has maintained the dividend at this level since January 2015, and has never cut its dividend.

Dividends paid to shareholders over the past five years are as follows: 34 cents per share in 2016, 34 cents per share in 2015, totalled 31 cents per share in 2014, 28.5 cents per share in 2013, and amounted to 25 cents per share in 2012.

Analysts’ recommendations

There are nine analysts that cover the company, and all nine analysts have “buy” recommendations.

The nine firms providing research coverage are as follows in alphabetical order: AltaCorp Capital, BMO Capital Markets, CIBC World Markets, , Industrial Alliance Securities, National Bank Financial, Peters & Co., Raymond James, RBC Capital Markets, and Scotia Capital.

Revised recommendations

Numerous analysts have recently made revisions to their target prices – all of which have been positive revisions.

In March, Elias Foscolos, the analyst at Industrial Alliance Securities, raised his target price to $23 from $21.50. In addition, Vladislav Vlad, the analyst from Scotia Capital, lifted his target price by $1 to $27. Jon Morrison, the analyst from CIBC World Markets, increased his target price to $24 from $22, and Jeff Fetterly, the analyst at Peters & Co, raised his target price by $3 to $23.

Financial forecasts

The Street is forecasting improving earnings for the company. The consensus EBITDA estimates are $241-million in 2017, rising 14 per cent to $274-million in 2018.

Financial forecasts have been increasing. For instance, five months ago, the consensus EBITDA estimates were $208-million for 2017 and $228-million for 2018.

Valuation

According to Bloomberg, the stock is trading at an enterprise value-to-EBITDA multiple of 6.9 times the 2018 consensus estimate, slightly above its five-year historical average multiple of 6.5 times, but below its peak multiple of over 8 times during this period.

The average one-year target price is $22.61, implying there is 19 per cent upside potential in the stock price over the next 12 months.

Insider transaction activities

Two senior officials recently exercised options and sold all or part of their shares. Chief financial officer James Harbilas exercised 30,000 options for common shares on March 16, and subsequently sold 6,700 shares on March 23 at a price of $18.25 per share. Earlier this month, on March 9, president and chief executive officer Blair Goertzen exercised 45,000 options for shares, and sold 45,000 shares that same day.

Chart watch

Year-to-date, the share price is up 11 per cent, making it one of the top performing stocks in the energy sector of the S&P/TSX composite index.

The shares have been in an uptrend since mid-2016 but have traded sideways for the past few months, retaining their value despite volatility in commodity price.

Looking at key resistance and support levels, the share price is approaching initial overhead resistance around $19, and after that, around $21. There is initial downside support around $18, close to its 50-day moving average (at $18.30). Failing that, there is support around $16, and then around $15, which is near its 200-day moving average (at 15.07).

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