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50 Shares with Fastest Dividend Growth in April 2013
Posted by: Dividend (IP Logged)
Date: April 30, 2013 09:51AM

Only a growing business is a good business; that’s a major rule in economics. But growth is not all. Investors want a part of the company’s success; they want growing dividends at high rates.

Sometimes, predatory investors and some activists try to steal some of the company’s assets and force a dividend payment which is much higher than the current earnings. Those activities are bad for the stock price.

Good dividend hikes are such ones that are in-line with a healthy growing operational business. They reflect a solid growing business with a trustful management who wants to share the company’s success with the ownership.

It’s easy to discover good and bad dividend growth. All you need is to look at the earnings developments and debt changes.

Today I run my screen of the 50 fastest dividend growers from the recent month. Below the results are again some pretty good stocks with very good growth rates. All stocks have a double-digit growth rate. The average dividend growth of the 50 best stocks amounts to 73.26 percent. The average yield is still at 3.77 percent.

Here are the stocks with fast dividend growth:

Wells Fargo & Co (WFC) has a market capitalization of $200.34 billion. The company employs 269,200 people, generates revenue of $48.391 billion and has a net income of $19.368 billion. The firm’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $34.879 billion. The EBITDA margin is 72.07 percent (the operating margin is 33.07 percent and the net profit margin 22.50 percent).

Financial Analysis: The total debt represents 12.97 percent of the company’s assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 117.14 percent. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 13.16 percent was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $3.53. Last fiscal year, the company paid $0.88 in the form of dividends to shareholders. WFC raised dividends by 20.0 percent.

Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 10.73, the P/S ratio is 2.33 and the P/B ratio is finally 1.38. The dividend yield amounts to 3.17 percent and the beta ratio has a value of 1.38.

Metlife (MET) has a market capitalization of $42.14 billion. The company employs 64,000 people, generates revenue of $68.150 billion and has a net income of $1.314 billion. The firm’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $14.729 billion. The EBITDA margin is 21.61 percent (the operating margin is 2.12 percent and the net profit margin 1.93 percent).

Financial Analysis: The total debt represents 6.70 percent of the company’s assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 86.95 percent. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 1.89 percent was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $1.07. Last fiscal year, the company paid $0.74 in the form of dividends to shareholders. MET raised dividends by 48.6 percent.

Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 35.97, the P/S ratio is 0.62 and the P/B ratio is finally 0.65. The dividend yield amounts to 2.85 percent and the beta ratio has a value of 2.03.

W.W. Grainger (GWW) has a market capitalization of $17.05 billion. The company employs 21,100 people, generates revenue of $8.950 billion and has a net income of $698.85 million. The firm’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $1.290 billion. The EBITDA margin is 14.42 percent (the operating margin is 12.64 percent and the net profit margin 7.81 percent).

Financial Analysis: The total debt represents 11.26 percent of the company’s assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 18.67 percent. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 23.97 percent was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $9.88. Last fiscal year, the company paid $3.06 in the form of dividends to shareholders. GWW raised dividends by 16.3 percent.

Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 24.81, the P/S ratio is 1.91 and the P/B ratio is finally 5.63. The dividend yield amounts to 1.52 percent and the beta ratio has a value of 0.88.

Take a closer look at the full list of the 50 top stocks with fastest dividend growth from last month. The average P/E ratio amounts to 16.17. The dividend yield has a value of 2.16 percent. Price to book ratio is 2.41 and price to sales ratio 2.96.

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