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Three Of My Favorite Safe Haven Utilities With Best Dividend Yields

Many people say that utilities have a higher degree of safeness because of the stability and the relationship to their clients.

That’s primarily true but utilities also have two big burdens. They don’t grow fast and if they grow they need greater amounts of money. The second problem is that most of the utilities are very capital intensive and they fulfill their capital needs with loans. That’s normally not a problem because a utility has stable cash flows and can get access to the capital market very easy.

Today I'd like to look at the safest dividend stocks from the utility sector. There are 123 equities available on the market. I screen all of them by a market capitalization over $10 billion USD and a beta ratio below one.

Linked is a list of the 20 best yielding companies. Three of them are High-Yields and eight have a buy or better recommendation.

Here are my favorite stocks:

Exelon Corporation (EXC ) has a market capitalization of $30.05 billion. The company employs 26,057 people, generates revenue of $23.489 billion and has a net income of $1.171 billion. The firm’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $4.352 billion. The EBITDA margin is 18.53% (the operating margin is 10.52% and the net profit margin 4.99%).

Financial Analysis: The total debt represents 25.07% of the company’s assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 91.06%. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 6.48% was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $1.40. Last fiscal year, the company paid $2.10 in the form of dividends to shareholders.

Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 25.03, the P/S ratio is 1.28 and the P/B ratio is 1.40. The dividend yield amounts to 5.98% and the beta ratio has a value of 0.53.

PPL Corporation (PPL) has a market capitalization of $18.32 billion. The company employs 17,729 people, generates revenue of $12.286 billion and has a net income of $1.537 billion. The firm’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $4.368 billion. The EBITDA margin is 35.55% (the operating margin is 25.09% and the net profit margin is 12.51%).

Financial Analysis: The total debt represents 46.13% of the company’s assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 192.06%. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 14.25% was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $2.61. Last fiscal year, the company paid $1.44 in the form of dividends to shareholders.

Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 12.04, the P/S ratio is 1.49 and the P/B ratio is 1.75. The dividend yield amounts to 4.68% and the beta ratio has a value of 0.38.

Duke Energy (DUK) has a market capitalization of $50.77 billion. The company employs 27,885 people, generates revenue of $19.624 billion and has a net income of $1.746 billion. The firm’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $5.399 billion. The EBITDA margin is 27.51% (the operating margin is 15.85% and the net profit margin 8.90%).

Financial Analysis: The total debt represents 35.59% of the company’s assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 99.16%. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 5.44% was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $3.07. Last fiscal year, the company paid $3.03 in the form of dividends to shareholders.

Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 23.48, the P/S ratio is 2.59 and the P/B ratio is 1.24. The dividend yield amounts to 4.25% and the beta ratio has a value of 0.33.

Take a closer look at the full list of the safest dividend paying utilities. The average P/E ratio amounts to 18.41 and forward P/E ratio is 15.19. The dividend yield has a value of 4.24%. Price to book ratio is 1.87 and the price to sales ratio is 1.84. The operating margin amounts to 19.14% and the beta ratio is 0.48. Stocks from the list have an average debt to equity ratio of 1.44.

Related stock ticker symbols:

CPL, EXC, CIG, FE, ETR, PPL, DUK, PEG, SO, ED, PCG, AEP, NGG, TRP, D, DTE, XEL, CNP, NU, NEE

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· Best Utility Dividend Stock Picks For 2013

· 20 Biggest Dividend Payers From The Utility Sector

· 12 Utility Dividend Stocks With Highest Short Float Ratio

· The Best Yielding Large Cap Utility Stocks

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Comments

chrisbob
Chrisbob - 1 year ago
You didn't take into account the dividend CUT Exelon announced a while back. I think that would lower the dividend to something under 3.5 percent. That affected my feelings toward the company.

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