Who doesn’t love dividends? In looking for great dividend stocks, I’ve come across five cheap dividend stocks with safe dividends, where they all have a payout ratio of less than 50%. The cheapness of these stocks is in the fact that they all trade with price-to-earnings ratios of less than 16.5x, which is below the market’s 19x P/E.
S&P 500 Market P/E
What’s more is that all five of the stocks below pay a dividend yield of at least 2.2%. A dividend payment becomes even more important in a low-interest environment, where fixed income is low-yielding, rates on savings accounts and CDs are abysmal and the overall market dividend yield is forced downward; currently, the S&P 500 dividend yield is well off historical averages, with a 1.9% average dividend yield, compared to the historical average of a 4.4% dividend yield.
S&P 500 Dividend Yield
The five stocks below have been growing their dividend payments by at least 8% annually over the last five years, and have upped there dividends consecutively for at least 30 years. Three are in the industrial space and two are in the retail sector. Let’s start with the industrial and equipment makers.
|Illinois Tool||Black & Decker||Air Products|
|Price to earnings||11.6||15.5||16.3|
|5-year dividend growth||9.9%||8.1%||11%|
|Years of dividend increases||38||45||31|
Illinois Tool Works Inc. (NYSE:ITW) is one of the great industrial-equipment companies that is putting out new and improved products. As well, the company is looking at strategic acquisitions and the disposition of non-core assets to better align itself for future growth. Illinois Tool’s big long-term secret for growing earnings is an 80/20 business process, where it will continue to focus more on the 20% of the items which account for 80% of the value.
From fiscal 2012 to 2017, Illinois is expecting organic growth that’ll be 200 basis points above industrial production by 2017; and operating margins and a return on invested capital to be above 20% by 2017; with 100% free cash flow conversion and 12% earnings per share CAGR beyond 2017.
Its policy for returning capital to shareholders has been consistent. During the first quarter of 2013, shares worth $366 million were repurchased, and management anticipates repurchasing $850 million in shares during the rest of 2013, an increase from the earlier forecast of $500 million.
Relational Investors remains Illinois Tool Works Inc. (NYSE:ITW)’s top hedge fund owner with some 10 million shares, which makes up 11.7% of the fund’s public-equity portfolio (check out Relational’s top stocks).
Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. (NYSE:SWK) manufactures tools and engineered security solutions across the globe. The company was formed after The Stanley Works acquired Black & Decker Corporation in the first quarter of fiscal 2010 — Stanley’s shareholders own around 50.5% of the combined company and Black & Decker shareholders own the rest. The company’s top segment is its construction and do-it-yourself unit, accounting for some 50% of revenue. This segment manufactures and markets hand tools, consumer mechanic tools, storage systems, pneumatic tools and fasteners.
The secret to Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. (NYSE:SWK)’s long-term growth includes investing two-thirds of its capital in acquisitions and growth, and returning the other one-third to shareholders. As well, Stanley has a diversified customer base and a presence across the world.
As for the long-term growth, the company is looking to expand into emerging markets, creating a smart-tools market, and tapping opportunities in the offshore oil and gas pipeline market. These and other initiatives are expected to contribute $800 to $900 million of annualized revenue growth and $200 million in operating income over a three-year term — the revenue breakdown is $150 million in 2013 and $350 million each in 2014 and 2015.
Air Products & Chemicals, Inc. (NYSE:APD) makes industrial gases as well as a variety of polymer and performance chemicals. It also supplies processing equipment. The company happens to be the world’s largest supplier of hydrogen and helium.
Given its leading position in the gases business, Air Products & Chemicals, Inc. (NYSE:APD) is well positioned to capitalize on the cyclical recovery in its core industrial end-markets. Over the next 10 years, the company foresees incremental global hydrogen demand and has seven refinery projects in the pipeline.
Some of the initiatives Air Products & Chemicals, Inc. (NYSE:APD) hopes to utilize for increasing earnings are headcount reduction, keeping a tight control on SG&A expenses and undertaking work-process improvement initiatives. As well, the company is still returning capital to shareholders. In March, the company raised its quarterly dividend to $0.71 per share from $0.64, representing an 11% increase. The company is also making share repurchases, having bought back shares worth $460 million during the first half of fiscal 2013.
The final two dividend picks include retail giants Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT) and Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT). Both of these stocks are trading inline from a valuation perspective and dividend strength.
|Price to earnings||15.7||15.4|
|5-year dividend growth||13.5%||20.5%|
|Years of dividend increases||39||45|
Wal-Mart, the multinational retailer, is the world’s biggest private employer with more than 2 million employees, and with 8,500 stores in 15 countries. Its Wal-Mart U.S. segment accounts for 59% of sales, the international segment is 29%, and Sam’s Club 12%.
Part of the long-term revenue driver will be rising sales in the international segment; international sales increased 12.1% in fiscal 2011, 15.3% in fiscal 2012 and 7.4% in fiscal 2013. Helping drive future growth will be the inclusion of the acquisition of a 51% stake in Massmart Holdings, which will help the company capture market share in South Africa.