Creating My December 2015 Undervalued Dividend Stock Watch List

///Creating My December 2015 Undervalued Dividend Stock Watch List

Creating My December 2015 Undervalued Dividend Stock Watch List

Every month for the past few years, I have taken a couple of hours to search through a ton of data to attempt to find undervalued dividend stocks that have raised their dividend for at least 20 years.  The reason I do this is simple – if I am making a $500 to a $1,000 consumer item purchase I spent a similar amount of time to make sure I am getting a good deal, so why wouldn’t do the same for a piece of business I am buying?  I also track any buys/sells and dividend income, and share with the world to see.  While this account is very small it is easily the favorite part of my investing.  While I have had some quick pops, this is meant to be a slow and steady type of account – hopefully in 15 or so years, a 50 year old Evan will start taking income from it.

Dividend Stock Investment Portfolio Activity in October 2015

In November 2015, I initiated my first position in Emerson Electronics, which according to google is,

Emerson Electric Co. is engaged in offering technology and engineering together that provides solutions for customers in industrial, commercial, and consumer markets around the world. The company operates through five business segments: Process Management, Industrial Automation, Network Power, Climate Technologies, and Commercial & Residential Solutions. The Process Management segment provides measurement, control and diagnostic capabilities for automated industrial processes. The Industrial Automation segment provides integrated manufacturing solutions to its customers at the source of manufacturing their own products. The Network Power segment designs, manufactures, installs and maintains products providing grid-to-chip electric power conditioning. The Climate Technologies segment provides products and services for the climate control industry. The Company’s Commercial & Residential Solutions segment offers a range of tools, storage products and appliance solutions.

  • I purchased 15 shares at $48.367/share

My November 2015 Dividend Income

Dividend Income by Quarter Dividend Income by Month

Not the growth I’d like, but considering I raided the account last month how can I complain?

Attempting to Find Undervalued Dividend Champions for December 2015

This, along with everyone of these dividend research updates, is a snap shot in time (this one was done on December 11, 2015) so please don’t use my data as anything but a starting point for your own research.  I use the metrics below to get to a “watch list” which I use to try and purchase equities closer to their 52 week low.

My Dividend Investment Portfolio Screening Criteria

All data is taken manually from Morningstar:

  1. The company has paid increasing dividends for at least 20 years
  2. The stock has to have a Price to Earning that is lower than their industry average. The Price to Earnings Ratio has to below 20 regardless of industry average.
  3. The Operating Margin has to be in line with the particular stock’s industry average. I want companies that are profitable as compared to their peers.
  4. Price to Book – Should be below 4, but if it isn’t it must be in line with industry average (or lower).
  5. This monthly update the Dividend Yield should be above 2.6% (changes whenever I update the list depending how many stocks I have left after the first 4 steps).
  6. Dividend Payout Ratio – It took me a long time to add this to my screen but basically I weed out any companies paying over 60% to shareholders.  Couple reasons.  The main one would be sustainability, but also, I do want growth in a company and if all dollars are going out it is likely to hurt the company in the long run.

Since this is a snapshot I am not that strict since I am well aware that if the underlying company opens a tenth of a percent the other way it could pass a metric.

Definitions of Metrics Used for my Dividend Investment Portfolio

Since not everyone knows what I am talking about above I have provided definitions (all quotes taken from Investopedia):

  • Dividend Champions are those dividend paying American companies that have increased their dividend for the past 25 years. Unlike the Dividend Aristocrat list they do not have to be part of the S&P 500. I have included a part of the dividend contenders list (20+ years but less than 25).
  • P/E is Price is “a valuation ratio of a company’s current share price compared to its per-share Earnings.”
  • Operating margin is “a measurement of what proportion of a company’s revenue is left over after paying for variable costs of production such as wages, raw materials, etc. A healthy operating margin is required for a company to be able to pay for its fixed costs, such as interest on debt.”
  • Price to book is a ratio used to compare a stock’s market value to its book value. It is calculated by dividing the current closing price of the stock by the latest quarter’s book value per share.
  • Dividend Yield a “Financial ratio that shows how much a company pays out in dividends each year relative to its share price. In the absence of any capital gains, the dividend yield is the return on investment for a stock. Dividend yield is calculated by dividing Annual Dividends per Share by Price Per Share”
  • Payout Ratio – “The proportion of earnings paid out as dividends to shareholders, typically expressed as a percentage…The payout ratio is a key financial metric used to determine the sustainability of a company’s dividend payments.

Applying My Stock Screen Criteria to the Dividend Champion List

First Stock Screen: PE Ratio

The first Stocks I their eliminated were those whose Price to Earnings Ratios were out of line with their industry average. I also eliminate companies with PEs above 20 regardless of their industry average.  This brought me down from 158 equities to about 50!


Second Stock Screen: Operating Margin

Next I eliminated those stocks whose operating margin was not better than its peers in the industry. I want the companies I invest in to be more profitable than their peers. This way unless there is a huge problem with the industry they’d be less likely to stop doing something (i.e. paying increasing dividends) that they have been doing for the past 20+ years

Third Stock Screen: Reasonable Price to Book or in line with their Industry

I was looking for those stocks whose price to book value is low as to further evidence that it is undervalued. In an effort to limit the unintended consequence of choosing stocks with a lot of tangible or financial assets on the books I have started comparing the P/B to the industry average.

Fourth Stock Screen: Yield

While I am not ‘chasing yields’ I am attempting to create a dividend portfolio, so the next elimination step was to remove any stocks with a dividend yield of less than 2.6%. This is a moving target depending on how many stocks I have left to choose from. Sometimes I go for 2% sometimes 4%


Fifth Stock Screen: Payout Ratio

Next, I eliminated those equities whose payout ratio was 60%+.

Watch List

Arrow Financial Corp.AROW
Caterpillar Inc.CAT
Chesapeake Financial SharesCPKF
Community Trust Banc.CTBI
Conn. Water ServiceCTWS
Cullen/Frost BankersCFR
Eagle Financial ServicesEFSI
Emerson ElectricEMR
First Financial Corp.THFF
MDU ResourcesMDU
NextEra EnergyNEE
Northeast Indiana BancorpNIDB
Sonoco Products Co.SON
T. Rowe Price GroupTROW
Target Corp.TGT
Thomson Reuters Corp.TRI
United TechnologiesUTX
Wal-Mart Stores Inc.WMT
By | 2015-12-11T11:53:12+00:00 December 11th, 2015|Dividend Investment Portfolio|0 Comments

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