Is Pengrowth Energy Corp (USA) (PGH)’s Stock Destined for Greatness?

One thing investors need to watch is Pengrowth Energy Corp (USA) (NYSE:PGH)’s sky-high payout ratio, which, at present levels, is clearly unsustainable. Pengrowth’s asset sales will help paper over the shortfall in the near term, but it’s not good policy to pay out so much in the middle of a major exploration project. The company has no plans to cut its dividend, in spite of anticipated production declines in the near term, which stands in stark contrast to competitor Penn West Petroleum Ltd (USA) (NYSE:PWE), which slashed its dividend by nearly half in a wide-ranging announcement earlier this week. Both Pengrowth and Penn West trade at substantial discounts to book value, but at least Pengrowth’s monster dividend gives investors something more substantial while waiting for big exploration projects to bear fruit. However, given the company’s multi-year weakness, it will take a strong stomach, and a very firm belief in Pengrowth’s prospects, to jump in today.

Putting the pieces together
Today, Pengrowth Energy Corp (USA) (NYSE:PGH) has few of the qualities that make up a great stock, but no stock is truly perfect. Digging deeper can help you uncover the answers you need to make a great buy — or to stay away from a stock that’s going nowhere.

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