Waste Management Inc. (WM) provides integrated waste management services in North America. The company is engaged in collection, transfer, recycling, disposal, and waste-to-energy services. WM is neither a dividend aristocrat nor a dividend achiever. In fact, WM has started showing some dividend growth trends in last five years. While I am presenting and showing data from last 10 years, I am only using last five years of dividend data. My objective here is to understand if WM has any potential to be a dividend achiever. Risk Parameter Calculation Fair Value Calculation The range of fair value is calculated as $19.1 to $26.7. Conclusion
Since WM has recently started growing dividends, I am looking at trends for past 5 years of corporation’s revenue and profitability. The parameters should show consistently growth trends. The trend charts is shown in image below and for background reference I have plotted data for past 10 years.
Here I use the corporation’s financial health to assign a risk number for measuring risk-to-dividends. The risk number for risk-to-dividends is 2.00. This is a medium risk category as per my 3-point risk scale. The factors that are making it medium risk-to-dividends are increasing payout factor and high variability in EPS.
Quality of Dividends
This section measures the dividend growth rate, duration of growth, consistency over a period of past ten years.
This section determines what price I should pay to buy a given stock
The strength of WM business is its well established distribution network and existing market share of approximately 30%. The closest competitor has half of that market share. Putting this in context of economic environment, it has opportunity to grow due to its pricing ability and leveraging existing distribution network.
WM raised its annual dividend for 2009 from $1.08 to $1.16 per share. This increase shows corporation’s confidence in its free cash flow. For 2009, I believe this increase is ably supported by its cash flow. The stocks risk-to-dividend number is 2.00 (medium risk category). The current pricing of $30 is very close to my fair value range. I would be open to adding WM in my portfolio as long as my asset allocation allows. I expect WM to provide long term value and sustainable current dividends (and slow dividend growth).
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Risk Parameter Calculation
Fair Value Calculation
The range of fair value is calculated as $19.1 to $26.7.