4/06/2013

20 Of The Safest Utilities With Best Dividend Yields

Some of the safest utilities originally published at "long-term-investments.blogspot.com". Many people say that utilities have a higher degree of safeness because of the stability and the relationships to their clients. 

That’s primarily true but utilities have also two big burdens. They don’t grow fast and if they grow they need greather 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 like to look at the safest dividend stocks from the utility sector. 123 equities are available on the market. I screen all of them by a market capitalization over USD 10 billion and 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:
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Exelon Corporation (NYSE: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 percent (the operating margin is 10.52 percent and the net profit margin 4.99 percent).

Financial Analysis: The total debt represents 25.07 percent of the company’s assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 91.06 percent. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 6.48 percent 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 finally 1.40. The dividend yield amounts to 5.98 percent and the beta ratio has a value of 0.53.



PPL Corporation (NYSE: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 percent (the operating margin is 25.09 percent and the net profit margin 12.51 percent).

Financial Analysis: The total debt represents 46.13 percent of the company’s assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 192.06 percent. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 14.25 percent 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 finally 1.75. The dividend yield amounts to 4.68 percent and the beta ratio has a value of 0.38.




Duke Energy (NYSE: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 percent (the operating margin is 15.85 percent and the net profit margin 8.90 percent).

Financial Analysis: The total debt represents 35.59 percent of the company’s assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 99.16 percent. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 5.44 percent 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 finally 1.24. The dividend yield amounts to 4.25 percent 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 percent. Price to book ratio is 1.87 and price to sales ratio 1.84. The operating margin amounts to 19.14 percent and the beta ratio is 0.48. Stocks from the list have an average debt to equity ratio of 1.44.

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


20 Safest Utility Stocks (Click to enlarge)

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

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