Best Yielding Utility stocks with Low Debt ratios by Dividend Yield - Stock, Capital, Investment. Utilities are wonderful investments. They have a huge consumer loyalty, generate stable cash flows and pay high dividends. A big disadvantage of utilities is beside the limited growth perspective, the high debt structure of the sector. Yes, utilities are capital intensive. If you look at large capitalized utilities, you find out that most of them (58.3 percent) have a long-term debt to equity ratio of more than one. This is a high value if you compare it with figures from the large-cap consumer goods sector (21.3 percent) or the service sector (15.8 percent).
I screened the utility sector by stocks with low debt ratios and positive dividend yield figures. I decided to choose the long-term debt to equity ratio with a value of less than one as lead criterion. Second, the dividend yield must be positive. As result, eight utilities remained and all have a dividend yield of more than four percent.
Here are my three most promising stocks from the screening results:
1. Cia Energetica de Minas Gerais (NYSE:CIG) is acting within the electric utility industry.The company has a market capitalization of USD $11.9 billion, generates revenues in an amount of USD $3.9 billion and a net loss of USD 449.9 million. It follows P/E ratio is not calculable and forward P/E ratio amounts to 7.9, P/S 3.1 and P/B ratio 2.5. Dividend Yield: 6.4 percent. Years of Consecutive Dividend Increasing: 0 Year. Five-Year Dividend Growth: 0 percent. The company paid dividends since 2008. The long-term debt to equity ratio amounts to 0.27.
2. Public Service Enterprise Group (NYSE:PEG) is acting within the diversified utilities industry. The company has a market capitalization of $16.0 billion, generates revenues in an amount of $11.7 billion and a net income of $1.6 billion. It follows P/E ratio is 9.9 and forward P/E ratio 12.4, P/S 1.4 and P/B ratio 1.6. Dividend Yield: 4.3 percent. Years of Consecutive Dividend Increasing: 7 Years. Five-Year Dividend Growth: 4.0 percent. The company paid dividends since 1907. The long-term debt to equity ratio amounts to 0.70.
3. Consolidated Edison (NYSE:ED) is acting within the major diversified utilities industry. The company has a market capitalization of $15.4 billion, generates revenues in an amount of $13.2 billion and a net income of $1.1 billion. It follows P/E ratio is 14.9 and forward P/E ratio 14.7, P/S 1.2 and P/B ratio 1.3. Dividend Yield: 4.4 percent. Years of Consecutive Dividend Increasing: 36 Years. Five-Year Dividend Growth: 0.9 percent. The company paid dividends since 1885. The long-term debt to equity ratio amounts to 0.93.
Take a closer look at the full table. The average P/E ratio amounts to 12.32 while the average forward P/E ratio is 11.90. The dividend yield has an average value of 4.8 percent. P/B ratio is 1.7 and P/S ratio 1.7. The average operating margin amounts to 19.2 percent and the long-term debt to equity ratio is 0.76.
Related stock ticker symbols:CIG, PEG, EOC, DUK, ENI, EXC, ED, PCG
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