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20 Dividend Champions with Highest YTD Performance and Still Low P/Es

Around 104 stocks from the American capital market have raised their dividend payments over a period of more than 25 years without a break. They are real dividend champions. Today I would like to show you which of them have realized the highest performance since the start of the year. You can also find a detail stock picture of the Dividend Champions with the cheapest price-to-earnings ratio.

The top 20 performing Dividend Champions had a return between 20.16 percent and 37.25 percent. It’s a very mixed picture of stocks.

Here are the cheapest Dividend Champions in terms of forward P/E:



Walgreen Company (WAG)
has a market capitalization of $41.69 billion. The company employs 171,000 people, generates revenue of $71.633 billion and has a net income of $2.127 billion. The firm’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $4.672 billion. The EBITDA margin is 6.52 percent (the operating margin is 4.84 percent and the net profit margin 2.97 percent). WAG shares are up 20.68 percent year-to-date.

Financial Analysis: The total debt represents 16.11 percent of the company’s assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 29.57 percent. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 12.86 percent was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $2.27. Last fiscal year, the company paid $0.95 in the form of dividends to shareholders. Forward P/E: 12.32.

Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 19.42, the P/S ratio is 0.58 and the P/B ratio is finally 2.28. The dividend yield amounts to 2.49 percent and the beta ratio has a value of 1.08.

Medtronic (MDT) has a market capitalization of $51.91 billion. The company employs 46,000 people, generates revenue of $16.590 billion and has a net income of $3.467 billion. The firm’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $5.610 billion. The EBITDA margin is 33.82 percent (the operating margin is 25.62 percent and the net profit margin 20.90 percent). MDT shares are up 26.98 percent year-to-date.

Financial Analysis: The total debt represents 30.57 percent of the company’s assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 57.05 percent. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 19.38 percent was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $3.38. Last fiscal year, the company paid $1.04 in the form of dividends to shareholders. Forward P/E: 12.49.

Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 15.26, the P/S ratio is 3.13 and the P/B ratio is finally 2.80. The dividend yield amounts to 2.17 percent and the beta ratio has a value of 0.99.

Old Republic (ORI) has a market capitalization of $3.37 billion. The company employs 7,800 people, generates revenue of $4.970 billion and has a net income of $-68.80 million. The firm’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $-68.50 million. The EBITDA margin is -1.38 percent (the operating margin is -2.59 percent and the net profit margin -1.38 percent). ORI shares are up 25.39 percent year-to-date.

Financial Analysis: The total debt represents 3.53 percent of the company’s assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 15.93 percent. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of -1.86 percent was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $-0.08. Last fiscal year, the company paid $0.71 in the form of dividends to shareholders. Forward P/E: 12.58.

Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is not calculable, the P/S ratio is 0.68 and the P/B ratio is finally 0.94. The dividend yield amounts to 5.54 percent and the beta ratio has a value of 0.75.

Take a closer look at the full list of the best performing Dividend Champions year-to-date. The average P/E ratio amounts to 20.46 and forward P/E ratio is 16.00. The dividend yield has a value of 2.34 percent. Price to book ratio is 2.78 and price to sales ratio 1.99. The operating margin amounts to 17.75 percent and the beta ratio is 1.51. Stocks from the list have an average debt to equity ratio of 0.50.

Related stock ticker symbols:

BKH, GPC, TR, CBSH, VFC, ADM, GWW, MDT, BDX, JNJ, ORI, ADP, HRL, ABM, EGN, RLI, UGI, WAG, CINF, LOW

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