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12 Solidly Financed Dividend Aristocrats
Posted by: Dividend (IP Logged)
Date: August 21, 2012 09:04AM

Dividend growth depends on the total amount of debt which the company has outstanding. The higher the debt level, the higher the risk for a dividend cut.

An important ratio to judge the financial balance sheet health of a stock is the debt to equity ratio. The figure shows how many percent of the equity is covered by debt. A ratio below one is often acceptable if the cash flow is strong enough. However, I screened the investment category “Dividend Aristocrats” (stocks with more than 25 years in consecutive dividend hikes, selected by Standard & Poor’s) by companies with low debt to equity ratios of less than 0.3. Twelve companies fulfilled these criteria of which seven are currently recommended to buy.

Here are my favorite stocks:

Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) has a market capitalization of $186.21 billion. The company employs 117,900 people, generates revenue of $65,030.00 million and has a net income of $9,672.00 million. The firm’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $15,993.00 million. The EBITDA margin is 24.59 percent (operating margin 19.01 percent and net profit margin 14.87 percent).

Financial Analysis: The total debt represents 17.27 percent of the company’s assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 34.39 percent. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 17.02 percent was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $3.14. Last fiscal year, the company paid $2.25 in form of dividends to shareholders.

Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 21.54, P/S ratio 2.87 and P/B ratio 3.24. Dividend Yield: 3.60 percent. The beta ratio is 0.54.

Walgreen Company (WAG) has a market capitalization of $30.93 billion. The company employs 176,000 people, generates revenue of $72,184.00 million and has a net income of $2,714.00 million. The firm’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $5,393.00 million. The EBITDA margin is 7.47 percent (operating margin 6.05 percent and net profit margin 3.76 percent).

Financial Analysis: The total debt represents 8.77 percent of the company’s assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 16.23 percent. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 18.56 percent was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $2.90. Last fiscal year, the company paid $0.75 in form of dividends to shareholders.

Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 12.44, P/S ratio 0.43 and P/B ratio 2.15. Dividend Yield: 3.07 percent. The beta ratio is 0.99.

AFLAC Incorporated (AFL) has a market capitalization of $21.59 billion. The company employs 8,562 people, generates revenue of $22,171.00 million and has a net income of $1,964.00 million. The firm’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $6,761.00 million. The EBITDA margin is 30.49 percent (operating margin 13.50 percent and net profit margin 8.86 percent).

Financial Analysis: The total debt represents 2.81 percent of the company’s assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 24.32 percent. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 15.99 percent was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $5.46. Last fiscal year, the company paid $1.23 in form of dividends to shareholders.

Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 8.44, P/S ratio 0.97 and P/B ratio 1.59. Dividend Yield: 2.86 percent. The beta ratio is 1.84.

Exxon Mobil (XOM) has a market capitalization of $405.97 billion. The company employs 82,100 people, generates revenue of $486,429.00 million and has a net income of $42,206.00 million. The firm’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $89,087.00 million. The EBITDA margin is 18.31 percent (operating margin 15.06 percent and net profit margin 8.68 percent).

Financial Analysis: The total debt represents 5.15 percent of the company’s assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 11.03 percent. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 27.26 percent was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $9.52. Last fiscal year, the company paid $1.85 in form of dividends to shareholders.

Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 9.24, P/S ratio 0.84 and P/B ratio 2.71. Dividend Yield: 2.58 percent. The beta ratio is 0.53.

Hormel Foods (HRL) has a market capitalization of $7.50 billion. The company employs 19,500 people, generates revenue of $7,895.09 million and has a net income of $479.20 million. The firm’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $849.17 million. The EBITDA margin is 10.76 percent (operating margin 9.40 percent and net profit margin 6.07 percent).

Financial Analysis: The total debt represents 5.89 percent of the company’s assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 9.41 percent. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 18.75 percent was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $1.75. Last fiscal year, the company paid $0.51 in form of dividends to shareholders.

Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 16.30, P/S ratio 0.96 and P/B ratio 2.85. Dividend Yield: 2.09 percent. The beta ratio is 0.42.

Take a closer look at the full table of Dividend Aristocrats with Low Debt Ratios. The average price to earnings ratio (P/E ratio) amounts to 16.48 and forward P/E ratio is 14.40. The dividend yield has a value of 2.58 percent. Price to book ratio is 2.90 and price to sales ratio 1.94. The operating margin amounts to 17.48 percent and the beta ratio is 0.92.

Related stock ticker symbols:
CINF, JNJ, GPC, WAG, AFL, ADP, XOM, CB, TROW, HRL, GWW, BEN

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Stocks Discussed: CINF, JNJ, GPC, WAG, AFL, ADP, XOM, CB, TROW, HRL, GWW, BEN,
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