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6 Dividend Stocks Working Hard During The Holidays

November 30, 2015 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: MRK , BDX , SFL

As we officially head into the holiday season, many of us in the U.S. will get a few days off this week in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Though not much is happening at the office, there are still many working for me today. Not people, but my Dividend Stocks. It is great to know while I am relaxing with family and watching the big game, those stocks are hard at work providing me an additional income stream.

Several companies this week provided their shareholders a Thanksgiving bonus in the form of higher cash dividends... Continue Reading »  [more]



Genuine Parts Company (GPC) Dividend Stock Analysis

November 27, 2015 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: GPC , AAP , AZO

Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of Genuine Parts Company (GPC). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis:

Company Description: Genuine Parts Co. is a leading wholesale distributor of automotive replacement parts, industrial parts and supplies, and office products. Fair Value: In calculating fair value, I consider the NPV MMA Differential Fair Value along with these four calculations of fair value, see page 2 of the linked PDF for a detailed description:

1. Avg. High Yield Price
2. 20-Year DCF Price
3. Avg. P/E Price
4. Graham Number

GPC is trading at a premium to all four valuations above. When also considering the NPV MMA Differential, the stock is trading at a 6.8% discount to its calculated fair value of $96.8. GPC earned a Star in this section since it is trading at a fair value.

Dividend Analytical Data: In this section there are three possible Stars and three key metrics, see page 2 of the linked PDF for a detailed description:

1. Free Cash Flow Payout
2. Debt To Total Capital
3. Key Metrics
4. Dividend Growth Rate
5. Years of Div. Growth
6. Rolling 4-yr Div. > 15%

GPC earned three Stars in this section for 1.), 2.) and 3.) above. A Star was earned since the Free Cash Flow payout ratio was less than 60% and there were no negative Free Cash Flows over the last 10 years. The stock earned a Star as a result of its most recent Debt to Total Capital being less than 45%. GPC earned a Star for having an acceptable score in at least two of the four Key Metrics measured. The company has paid a cash dividend to shareholders every year since 1948 and has increased its dividend payments for 59 consecutive years.

Dividend Income vs. MMA: Why would you assume the equity risk and invest in a dividend stock if you could earn a better return in a much less risky money market account (MMA) or Treasury bond? This section compares the earning ability of this stock with a high yield MMA. Two items are considered in this section, see page 2 of the linked PDF for a detailed description:

1. NPV MMA Diff.
2. Years to > MMA

GPC earned a Star in this section for its NPV MMA Diff. of the $855. This amount is in excess of the $500 target I look for in a stock that has increased dividends as long as GPC has. The stock's current yield of 2.73% exceeds the 2.51% estimated 20-year average MMA rate.

Peers: The company's peer group includes: Advance Auto Parts Inc. (AAP) with a 0.2% yield, AutoZone Inc. (AZO) with a 0.0% yield and W.W. Grainger, Inc. (GWW) with a 2.4% yield.

Conclusion: GPC earned one Star in the Fair Value section, earned three Stars in the Dividend Analytical Data section and earned one Star in the Dividend Income vs. MMA section for a total of five Stars. This quantitatively ranks GPC as a 5-Star Very Strong stock.

Using my D4L-PreScreen.xls model, I determined the share price would need to increase to $110.98 before GPC's NPV MMA Differential decreased to the $500 minimum that I look for in a stock with 59 years of consecutive dividend increases. At that price the stock would yield 2.2%.

Resetting the D4L-PreScreen.xls model and solving for the dividend growth rate needed to generate the target $500 NPV MMA Differential, the calculated rate is 4.8%. This dividend growth rate is slightly below the 6.8% used in this analysis, thus providing a margin of safety. GPC has a risk rating of 1.00 which classifies it as a Low risk stock.

GPC’s long string of dividend increases are supported by its strong underlying fundamentals of sales, earnings and free cash flow. From an operating standpoint, GPC has an extensive distribution network and it has built a loyal customer following over the years. The company maintains wide-ranging inventories and efficiently delivers products in minimal time. Long-term prospects for the company's auto parts segment should improve with the rising number and increasing complexity of vehicles, along with a higher medium vehicle age.

The company has strong financials, stable earnings and an above-average dividend yield for its industry. GPC is one of my larger holdings, with much of its value coming through capital appreciation. With a low Free Cash Flow Payout of 38% and a low Debt to Total Capital of 17% its dividend is not only sustainable, but has room to significantly to grow. It is currently trading at a 6.8% discount to my calculated fair value of $96.80. As such, I will continue to look for opportunities to moderately add to my position, as my allocation allows.

Disclaimer: Material presented here is for informational purposes only. The above quantitative stock analysis, including the Star rating, is mechanically calculated and is based on historical information. The analysis assumes the stock will perform in the future as it has in the past. This is generally never true. Before buying or selling any stock you should do your own research and reach your own conclusion. See my Disclaimer for more information.

Full Disclosure: At the time of this writing, I was long in GPC (3.5% of my Dividend Growth Portfolio). See a list of all my dividend growth holdings here.

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10 High-Yielding Dividend Aristocrats Not Afraid to Raise Their Dividends

November 25, 2015 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: MCD , TGT , KO

The S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats is the most recognized list of dividend stocks. The Dividend Aristocrats index is designed to measure the performance of S&P 500 constituents that have followed a policy of consistently increasing dividends every year for at least 25 consecutive years. Continue Reading »   [more]



Chevron Corporation (CVX) Dividend Stock Analysis

November 24, 2015 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: CVX , BP , XOM

Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of Chevron Corporation (CVX). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis:

Company Description: Chevron Corporation is a global integrated oil company (formerly ChevronTexaco) has interests in exploration, production, refining and marketing, and petrochemicals. Continue Reading »   [more]



7 Companies Sending Shareholders More Cash With Increased Dividends

November 23, 2015 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: A , JCI , SYY

In the U.S. and Canada, most companies pay dividends quarterly. In other parts of the world, it is not uncommon for companies to pay an annual or a semi-annual dividend. That is not to say that North American companies sometimes choose not to pay quarterly dividends.   [more]

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