5 Dividend Boosts Worth Noting

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Last week we saw countless companies declare their quarterly dividend, and a select few that elected to increase their yield compared to last year. In this piece I am looking at five that might present a good investment opportunity to shareholders.

For this particular piece, I am using one of the value-seeking strategies found in my book, Taking Charge With Value Investing (McGraw-Hill, 2013) -- seeking value in stocks that trade with valuations that are less than the broader market, but with greater growth. Hence if the S&P 500 is trading at 19.23 times earnings and at 1.52 times sales with (0.51%) growth in Q1, then a company that is cheaper with positive growth might indicate upside relative to the S&P 500.

Company

Ticker

P/E Ratio

Price/Sales

Forward Yield*

Orchids Paper Products

(NYSEMKT: TIS)

18.39

1.76

6.08%

Spartan Stores

(NASDAQ: SPTN)

12.55

0.14

2.09%

TE Connectivity

(NYSE: TEL)

17.12

1.42

2.20%

KeyCorp

(NYSE: KEY)

11.96

2.42

2.09%

Coach

(NYSE: COH)

16.01

3.28

2.29%

*After dividend hike last week

  • Orchids Paper Products is a manufacturer of tissue products, a small cap company with a market capitalization of just $175 million. Yet despite being small, it is stable and profitable, and increased its industry-leading yield by 16.66% last week. The company is currently growing by 3% (outperforming the market) and is valued slightly cheaper than the S&P 500 as well. Thus I say it might make a good investment regardless of the market’s future performance.
  • Spartan Stores is a regional grocery distributor and retailer, trading with a market cap of just $375 million. Last week the company increased its yield by 12.50%, making it very attractive considering the discount that it trades to the broader market. If there is a negative to its investment outlook it’s that the company has zero growth and has traded relatively flat since the recession. With that said, the stock is cheap, and with a 2.09% yield (that has increased 80% in the last five years) it should become a better long-term performer versus the S&P.
  • TE Connectivity is a $20 billion secular company, one that designs and manufactures over 500,000 products that connect and protect the flow of power and data inside a number of products used by consumers and industries. Aside from increasing its yield by 19% last week, the company also trades at a discount to the market. With it growing near equal to the rate of economic growth, I think its value should equate to upside as a long-term investment.
  • KeyCorp is a regional financial institution with a market cap of $10 billion. The company increased its yield by 10% last week and has strong upside potential with the rest of the financial industry. Unlike the previous three stocks, KeyCorp is cyclical, needing a strong economy to produce strong fundamental growth. However, with the housing market on the rise, it might be a good addition to your portfolio with deep value being presented.
  • Coach is also a cyclical stock, as it develops apparel such as handbags and wallets for mostly women. The company has 7% growth (significantly more than the S&P 500) and also greater than the retail industry. Last week the company increased its yield by 12.50%, thus it has become a high-yield investment. In addition, the company trades at a discount to the S&P 500 with a P/E ratio of just 16, meaning it might become a good investment in your portfolio.

Conclusion

Currently, the S&P 500 is paying out a yield of 2.03%, therefore each of the companies on this list have a greater yield (after recent boosts) and trade at a discount compared to fundamentals. This comparison is one of the first steps in determining if a stock might present upside. Next, you have to determine if the investment might fit into your portfolio, with your own due diligence. Overall, I think this individual research of these five companies is worth your time, as you might find a good long-term investment in a company that gives back to its shareholders. 

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