Monday, July 13, 2020

3 Recent Buys

A quick update on a couple of recent buys in my portfolio.


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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Bank OZK and John Wiley & Sons Reward Shareholders With Raises

review the list of dividend increases every week, in an effort to monitor existing holdings, and uncover hidden dividend gems for further research.

I usually narrow my research to companies with a ten year history of annual dividend increases.
Last week, there were two companies that raised dividends. The companies include:

Bank OZK (OZK) provides retail and commercial banking services to businesses, individuals, and non-profit and governmental entities. The bank is expected to earn $1.51/share in 2020 and $2.26/share in 2021.

The bank raised its quarterly dividend by 0.90% to 27.25 cents/share. This increase represents a 13.50% hike over the dividend paid during the same time last year.

This was the 24th consecutive year of annual dividend increases for this dividend achiever. During the past decade, Bank OZK has managed to increase dividends at an annualized rate of 21.90%.
The company raised its earnings from 94 cents/share in 2010 to $3.30 in 2019.

Bank OZK is expected to earn $1.51/share in 2020 and $2.26/share in 2021.

The stock sells for 15.20 times forward earnings and yields 4.70%.

John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (JW-A) operates as a research and learning company worldwide. The company operates through three segments: Research Publishing & Platforms, Academic & Professional Learning, and Education Services.

The company raised its quarterly dividend by 0.70% to 34.25 cents/share. This was the 27th consecutive year of annual dividend increases for this dividend champion. During the past decade, the company has managed to increase dividends at an annualized rate of 9.50%. The rate of annualized dividend growth has been stalling over the past one, three and five years however.

John Wiley & Sons is expected to generate $2.02/share in 2020 and $2.43/share in 2021. For reference, the company earned $2.80/share in 2011 but lost $1.32/share in 2019.

The stock is fairly valued at 18.63 times forward earnings. The stock yields 3.64%.

I personally view both stocks as risky. Bank OZK has grown rapidly over the past decade, but that was in a very favorable economic environment. They’ve had some issues, so I am going to wait this one out.

John Wiley and Sons is a company that has not managed to grow earnings per share over the past decade. Perhaps because traditional publishing business model is under siege.

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Monday, June 22, 2020

Recent Buy – ADYEN

A quick update on a recent buy in my portfolio.
I initiated a new starter position in Adyen NV (ADYEN.AS) (ADYYF). I bought the OTC ticker ADYYF @ $1,076.48. Adyen is a high quality, high growth payment solutions company based in Netherlands. Last few weeks I’ve become very interested in learning about the fintech space and Adyen stands out as a great company that has grown a lot since it was founded in 2006, but still growing at a remarkable rate (top line growth rate expected around 30%) as the TAM is huge. Some quick highlights that I like about Adyen:


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Thursday, June 18, 2020

Five Dividend Growth Stocks Rewarding Shareholders With A Raise

I review the list of dividend increases every week, as part of my monitoring process. I tend to focus my attention on companies that have an established track record of annual dividend increases. This is why I focus on the dividend increases from the last week for companies that have a ten year history of annual dividend growth. Some of these companies are in my dividend growth portfolios, while others are simply ideas for further research. A third group would be in my "too hard" pile, where I will not spend any time researching due to one reason or another.

There were five such companies that increased dividends last week. Each company has at least a ten year streak of annual dividend increases under its belt. I review each dividend increase, and compare it relative to the ten year average for context.

Next, I also review the trends in earnings during the past decade, in order to determine if there is fuel for future dividend increases down the road.

Last but not least, I do a quick check on valuation.

Realty Income (O) is a REIT with over 6,500 real estate properties owned under long-term lease agreements with commercial tenants.

Realty Income raised its monthly dividend to 23.35 cents/share. This is a 3.10% increase over the dividend paid during the same time last year. The monthly dividend company has raised dividends several times per year since going public in 1994, and is a member of the dividend aristocrats list. During the past decade, this REIT has managed to grow distributions at an annualizd rate of 4.70%.

I like Realty Income, because it managed to grow dividends even during the 2007 - 2009 Great Recession. Right now, it has managed to collect 84% of April rent and 82% of May rent. This is not high, but I believe provides enough liquidity to continue paying the current rate of dividends.

Realty Income managed to grow FFO from $1.84/share in 2009 to $3.29/share in 2019. It's FFO/share dipped only slightly between 2007 and 2010, from $1.89 to $1.83. Realty Income is expected to generate $3.32/share in FFO for 2020.

The stock is selling for 18.20 times forward FFO and yields 4.65%. Check my analysis of Realty Income for more information about this dividend aristocrat.

W. P. Carey Inc. (WPC) is an independent equity real estate investment trust. The firm also provides long-term sale-leaseback and build-to-suit financing for companies. It invests in the real estate markets across the globe. The firm primarily invests in commercial properties that are generally triple-net leased to single corporate tenants includng office, warehouse, industrial, logistics, retail, hotel, R&D, and self-storage properties.

W.P. Carey raised its quarterly dividend to $1.042/share. This is a mere 0.80% increase over the dividend paid during the same time last year. The rate of dividend increases is slowing down on W.P. Carey, mostly because its AFFO/share is not growing and the FFO payout is increasing. You should not forget that, and be excited alone by the high rate of rent collections. It is still impressive that it collected 96% of April rent and 95% of May's. W.P. Carey is a dividend achiever with a 21 year history of annual dividend increases.

Since 2007, FFO/share has grown by 4.50%/year, from $3.34/share to $5/share. W.P. Carey is expected to generate $4.56/share in FFO in 2020.

The stock is selling for 15.15 times forward FFO and yields 6%.

Check my analysis of W.P. Carey for more information on this dividend achiever.

National Fuel Gas Company (NFG) operates as a diversified energy company. It operates through four segments: Exploration and Production, Pipeline and Storage, Gathering, and Utility.

National Fuel Gas raised its quarterly dividend by 2.40% to 44.50 cents/share. It has a fairly consistent pace of annualized dividend growth, with the ten year average at 2.70%/year annualized.

This dividend champion has increased dividends for 49 years in a row. The company press release stated that it had raised dividends for 50 years, but it's dividend history website only shows 49 years. As a result, National Fuel Gas is not eligible to become a dividend king until 2021. Perhaps the people writing the press release should have checked the company's website first?

National Fuel Gas managed to grow earnings from $2.73/share in 2010 to $3.51/share in 2019. The company is expected to generate $2.85/share in 2020 and $3.17/share in 2021.

The stock sells for 14.50 times forward earnings and yields 4.30%.

Target Corporation (TGT) operates as a general merchandise retailer in the United States.

Target increased its quarterly dividend by 3% to 68 cents/share. This marked the 49th consecutive annual dividend increase for this dividend champion. Annualized dividend growth has decreased from 14.70% during the past decade to around 3%/year.

Target managed to grow earnings from $4/share in 2011 to $6.36/share in 2020. The company is expected to generate $5/share in 2021 and $6.80/share in 2022.

The stock is selling for 23.50 times forward earnings and yields 2.35%. Check my analysis of Target for more information about this dividend champion.

W. R. Berkley Corporation (WRB) is an insurance holding company,which operates as a commercial lines writer in the United States and internationally. It operates through two segments, Insurance and Reinsurance & Monoline Excess.

The company increased its quarterly dividend by 9.10% to 12 cents/share. This marked the 19th consecutive annual dividend increase for this dividend achiever. During the past decade, the company has managed to grow distributions at an annualized rate of 10.40%.

W.R. Berkley managed to grow earnings from $1.92/share in 2010 to $3.52/share in 2019. The company is expected to generate $2.59/share in 2020 and $3.04/share in 2021.

The stock is selling for 23 times forward earnings and yields 0.85%.


Thank you for reading!


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