Written by Andrew Walker at The Motley Fool Canada
Canadian Natural Resources
Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ)(NYSE:CNQ) just reported strong second-quarter (Q2) 2022 results. The oil and natural gas producer generated net earnings of $3.5 billion compared to $1.55 billion in the same period last year. For the first six months of 2022, net earnings hit $6.6 billion, up from $2.9 billion in the first half of 2021.
Free cash flow came in at $3.3 billion in the quarter after covering dividends and capital expenditures. Net debt fell $1.4 billion in Q2 to $12.4 billion. CNRL has a policy in place that allocates 50% of free cash flow to share buybacks and the other 50% to debt reduction or cash for investments. Once net debt drops to $8 billion, the company will direct more free cash flow to shareholders.
The board is already moving in the direction. CNRL announced a special dividend of $1.50 per share, which is payable on August 31. This is in addition to the normal quarterly payment of $0.75 per share. CNRL raised the base dividend by 28% earlier this year, extending the annual dividend-growth streak to 22 years.
The stock appears undervalued at the current price near $66.50 per share. Investors get a 4.5% dividend yield at this level, plus the bonus dividends that should continue given the anticipated strong price environment for oil and natural gas.
BCE (TSX:BCE)(NYSE:BCE) trades near $63.50 per share at the time of writing compared to the 2022 high around $74. Canada’s largest communications provider just reported strong Q2 2022 results and is on track to meet it financial targets for the year.
BCE’s adjusted net earnings increased to $791 million, or $0.87 per share, up 4.8% compared to Q2 2021. Residential internet revenue grew 8% supported by a 28% increase in net subscriber activations. Total wireless operating revenue rose 5.5%, which was helped by the addition of nearly 111,000 new mobile accounts. BCE’s media group also had a strong quarter, as the rebound off the pandemic hit continued to pick up momentum. Media operating revenue increased 8.7% compared to the second quarter of last year. Digital revenue stole the show, rising 55% on the back of strong subscriptions for the Crave streaming service.
BCE raised the dividend by 5% for 2022. Another increase in the same range is likely on the way in 2023. Management expects free cash flow to increase by 2-10% this year. The current quarterly distribution of $0.92 per share provides an annualized yield of 5.8%.
BCE is a good defensive stock to buy for investors who are concerned that a recession could be on the way. The company provides essential mobile and internet services and has the power to raise prices.
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CNRL and BCE are leaders in their industries and have long track records of dividend growth. The stocks look undervalued today and offer attractive dividend yields for a TFSA focused on generating passive income.
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The Motley Fool recommends CDN NATURAL RES. Fool contributor Andrew Walker owns shares of BCE and Canadian Natural Resources.