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4 Top Growth Stocks With Potential To Expand Dividend Payments – A Target For Guru Investors?

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Dividend Champions with low payout ratios and small debt figures originally published at long-term-investments.blogspot.com. Dividend Champions are stocks with a very long history of consecutive dividend hikes. They have achieved to boost dividends year over year for more than 25 years without an interruption.

Only 105 stocks have managed this very important goal for long-term dividend growth investors. I like those stocks but some of them have a really high dividend payout ratio.
Earlier, I talked about the importance of the dividend growth rate and that it would be better to buy lower yielding stocks with a much higher growth rate than stocks with very big yields. Two main criteria for future dividend growth are the debt ratios and dividend payout figures.

This month, I started an article serial about dividend stocks with potential to boost dividends. Today I would like to present you Dividend Champions with the lowest dividend payouts. Only 10 income growth firms have a payout ratio of less than 20 percent. Seven of them are currently recommended to buy.

Most of them are modestly leveraged. Not low but also not too high but the right leverage ratio is also a question of the business model and the strong cash-flow of a corporate as well as the costs for growth.

Here the top yielding stocks from the screen:

Helmerich & Payne, Inc. (NYSE:HP)

Helmerich & Payne, Inc. (NYSE:HP) has a market capitalization of $7.85 billion. The company employs 9,410 people, generates revenue of $3.151 billion and has a net income of $573.61 million. Helmerich & Payne’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $1.277 billion. The EBITDA margin is 40.55 percent (the operating margin is 28.86 percent and the net profit margin 18.20 percent).

Financial Analysis: The total debt represents 4.11 percent of Helmerich & Payne’s assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 6.13 percent. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 16.08 percent was realized by Helmerich & Payne. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $6.57. Last fiscal year, Helmerich & Payne paid $0.28 in the form of dividends to shareholders.

Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 11.21, the P/S ratio is 2.43 and the P/B ratio is finally 1.98. The dividend yield amounts to 2.78 percent and the beta ratio has a value of 1.30.

AFLAC Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) has a market capitalization of $29.64 billion. The company employs 8,673 people, generates revenue of $25.364 billion and has a net income of $2.866 billion. AFLAC’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $5.747 billion. The EBITDA margin is 22.66 percent (the operating margin is 16.96 percent and the net profit margin 11.30 percent).

Financial Analysis: The total debt represents 3.32 percent of AFLAC’s assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 27.24 percent. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 19.82 percent was realized by AFLAC. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $7.20. Last fiscal year, AFLAC paid $1.34 in the form of dividends to shareholders.

Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 8.85, the P/S ratio is 1.16 and the P/B ratio is finally 1.85. The dividend yield amounts to 2.21 percent and the beta ratio has a value of 2.17.

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