5/27/2012

14 Dividend Achievers With Lowest Debt

Dividend Achiever With Low Debt Ratios Researched By Dividend Yield - Stock, Capital, Investment. The amount of debt is of huge importance for investors. The debt level is a capital capacity measure and something like a buffer for tough times. If the company gets trouble, big credit lines could help the make sure that the company gets back on track.

I screened the investment category Dividend Achievers (over 10 years of consecutive rising dividends) by stocks with a very low debt to equity ratio (below 0.1). Twenty-two stocks fulfilled these criteria but only fourteen are currently recommended by brokerage firms.

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Ross Stores (NASDAQ:ROST) has a market capitalization of $14.15 billion. The company employs 14,900 people, generates revenues of $8,608.29 million and has a net income of $657.17 million. The firm’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $1,223.36 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 14.21 percent (operating margin 12.23 percent and the net profit margin finally 7.63 percent).


Financial Analysis: The total debt representing 4.54 percent of the company’s assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 10.05 percent. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 46.51 percent was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $3.05. Last fiscal year, the company paid $0.47 in form of dividends to shareholders.


Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 20.51, P/S ratio 1.64 and P/B ratio 9.49. Dividend Yield: 0.90 percent. The beta ratio is 0.73.


Long-Term Stock History Chart Of Ross Stores, Inc. (Click to enlarge)
Long-Term Dividends History of Ross Stores, Inc. (ROST) (Click to enlarge)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of Ross Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ: ROST) (Click to enlarge)


Automatic Data Processing (NASDAQ:ADP) has a market capitalization of $25.77 billion. The company employs 51,000 people, generates revenues of $9,879.50 million and has a net income of $1,254.20 million. The firm’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $2,135.40 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 21.61 percent (operating margin 19.56 percent and the net profit margin finally 12.69 percent).


Financial Analysis: The total debt representing 0.10 percent of the company’s assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 0.57 percent. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 21.83 percent was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $2.78. Last fiscal year, the company paid $1.42 in form of dividends to shareholders.  


Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 18.98, P/S ratio 2.61 and P/B ratio 4.30. Dividend Yield: 3.00 percent. The beta ratio is 0.69.


Long-Term Stock History Chart Of Automatic Data Pr... (Click to enlarge)
Long-Term Dividends History of Automatic Data Pr... (ADP) (Click to enlarge)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of Automatic Data Pr... (NASDAQ: ADP) (Click to enlarge)


Lancaster Colony (NASDAQ:LANC) has a market capitalization of $1.79 billion. The company employs 3,100 people, generates revenues of $1,089.95 million and has a net income of $106.36 million. The firm’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $164.13 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 15.06 percent (operating margin 13.49 percent and the net profit margin finally 9.76 percent). 


Financial Analysis: The total debt representing 0.00 percent of the company’s assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 0.00 percent. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 21.19 percent was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $3.62. Last fiscal year, the company paid $1.29 in form of dividends to shareholders.  


Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 18.14, P/S ratio 1.65 and P/B ratio 3.48. Dividend Yield: 2.19 percent. The beta ratio is 0.38.


Long-Term Stock History Chart Of Lancaster Colony ... (Click to enlarge)
Long-Term Dividends History of Lancaster Colony ... (LANC) (Click to enlarge)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of Lancaster Colony ... (NASDAQ: LANC) (Click to enlarge)

Take a closer look at the full table of Dividend Achievers with lowest debt. The average price to earnings ratio (P/E ratio) amounts to 16.84 and forward P/E ratio is 14.14. The dividend yield has a value of 1.89 percent. Price to book ratio is 3.46 and price to sales ratio 1.75. The operating margin amounts to 16.61 percent and the beta ratio is 0.89.

Here is the full table with some fundamentals (TTM):

14 Dividend Achievers With Lowest Debt (Click to enlarge)
Related stock ticker symbols:
CVX, ERIE, ADP, XOM, MUR, LANC, SEIC, EXPD, GRC, RAVN, CRR, CLC, ROST, HP

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