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Stocks with Fastest Dividend Growth January 2012

Here is a current sheet of companies with fastest dividend growth compared to the previous dividend declaration. The dividend growth is often a good indicator of the financial health of a stock. Companies with a strong increase in dividends judge the future of their company as rosy. They give money back to shareholders that they don’t need for their business. In total, 40 stocks increased dividends, of which 14 raised dividends by more than 10 percent.

The biggest dividend hike was realized by Macy's (M) and DDR Corporation (DDR). M doubled dividends and DDR raised distributions by 50 percent. The average dividend yield of all growth stocks amounts to 3.79 percent and the dividend growth is 11.35.

Here are my favorites with fast dividend growth:

AmeriGas Partners (APU) has a market capitalization of $2.42 billion. The company employs 5,460 people, generates revenues of $2,537.96 million and has a net income of $140.92 million. The firm’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $284.43 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 11.21 percent (operating margin 8.07 percent and the net profit margin finally 5.55 percent).

The total debt representing 57.30 percent of the company’s assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 303.85 percent. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 36.92 percent was realized. Twelve trailing-month earnings per share reached a value of $2.30. Last fiscal year, the company paid $2.89 in form of dividends to shareholders.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 18.40, Price/Sales 0.94 and Price/Book ratio 7.12. Dividend Yield: 7.08 percent. The beta ratio is 0.40.

Alliant Energy (LNT) has a market capitalization of $4.73 billion. The company employs 4,704 people, generates revenues of $3,416.10 million and has a net income of $308.00 million. The firm’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $848.40 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 24.84 percent (operating margin 16.28 percent and the net profit margin finally 9.02 percent).

The total debt representing 29.65 percent of the company’s assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 87.72 percent. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 10.21 percent was realized. Twelve trailing-month earnings per share reached a value of $2.64. Last fiscal year, the company paid $1.58 in form of dividends to shareholders.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 16.13, Price/Sales 1.40 and Price/Book ratio 1.66. Dividend Yield: 4.16 percent. The beta ratio is 0.52.

Pentair (PNR) has a market capitalization of $3.71 billion. The company employs 14,300 people, generates revenues of $3,030.77 million and has a net income of $202.95 million. The firm’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $416.65 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 13.75 percent (operating margin 11.03 percent and the net profit margin finally 6.70 percent).

The total debt representing 17.80 percent of the company’s assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 33.80 percent. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 9.67 percent was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $2.17. Last fiscal year, the company paid $0.76 in form of dividends to shareholders.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 17.31, Price/Sales 1.21 and Price/Book ratio 1.75. Dividend Yield: 2.37 percent. The beta ratio is 1.07.

Macy's (M) has a market capitalization of $15.04 billion. The company employs 166,000 people, generates revenues of $25,003.00 million and has a net income of $847.00 million. The firm’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $3,085.00 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 12.34 percent (operating margin 7.58 percent and the net profit margin finally 3.39 percent).

The total debt representing 35.99 percent of the company’s assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 134.27 percent. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 16.64 percent was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $2.71. Last fiscal year, the company paid $0.20 in form of dividends to shareholders.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 13.21, Price/Sales 0.59 and Price/Book ratio 2.71. Dividend Yield: 2.26 percent. The beta ratio is 1.63.

Also take a closer look at the full table of stocks with recent dividend hikes from last month.

Related Stock Ticker:

M, DDR, MOFG, ALX, FINL, HCII, FDO, PFBX, RBN, GCE, TUC, SLB, OZRK, PNR, GJO, TRGP, OKE, WSO, LNT, ISM, OSM, EBTC, KALU, LLTC, WMB, GJP, GJJ, GJK, XTEX, APU, PAA, GEL, GJR, OKS, OHI, CMLP, MHP, VNR, TLP, EPD

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