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Not to distract specifically in this thread on O&G cash flow windfalls, but it would be wise for O&G to declare special dividends once a year rather than increase their quarterly dividend payout practices too far. It would be even better to action a 3 prong approach to cash flow windfalls, i.e. share buybacks, debt reduction and special dividends in some ratio.

A company usually wants to carry some debt which carries a lower cost of capital than equity but a number of successful O&G companies have carried zero net debt on their balance sheets from time to time. I would applaud companies for taking debt down to very low levels such that D/E ratios are under 0.2 and even as low as 0.1.
 
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