I am a dividend growth investor. I like to buy dividend paying companies with long track records of increasing dividends and strong competitive advantages. I look for higher than average dividend growth and a steadily increasing stream of income. Oh, and I also only like to buy when the stock is quite undervalued. This criterion has me waiting for prices to drop a lot of the time. I like to buy stocks, so it is difficult not to stray from my strategy with all this waiting around.
Cheap options in the gold mining industry
My most recent distraction has been the gold mining industry. The industry has been hit quite hard with the drop in gold prices. Gold mining companies typically pay out a small portion of earnings as dividends due to the higher capital costs associated with the industry. This usually translates into a low dividend yield that is below the 2.0-2.5% minimum entry yield I target. Because of the recent drop in prices, the dividend yield for a number of gold mining companies has risen above my minimum entry yield requirements. You can see from the below table that there are intriguing options out there.
Yamana Gold Inc. (USA) (NYSE:AUY) and Goldcorp Inc. (USA) (NYSE:GG) offer dividend yield’s that are more than double their five year average annual yield’s. With price to book (P/B) and price to tangible book value (P/TBV) ratios close to 1.0 they offer compelling options. While these are compelling options, Barrick Gold Corporation (USA) (NYSE:ABX) and IAMGOLD Corp (USA) (NYSE:IAG) appear to offer better value from a yield perspective.
Barrick Gold Corporation (USA) (NYSE:ABX) offers a whopping 4.7% dividend yield which is almost four times more than its 5 year average. Its P/B is below 1.0, but its P/TBV is quite higher coming in at 1.58. The other companies all have a P/TBV fairly close to their P/B, so from a price to book perspective it looks like there could be better options out there. Barrick Gold Corporation (USA) (NYSE:ABX) is a good example of how much prices have dropped. They recently had low prices that haven’t been seen for 10 years.
The company that has piqued my interest the most is IAMGOLD Corp (USA) (NYSE:IAG). From a value perspective, it looks quite attractive. Its price to book ratio is 0.53 and its price to tangible book value is 0.57. With ratios like this it is easy to see why I’m interested. Not to mention it is currently yielding 5.7%, which is more than five times its five year historic average. Looking at more ratios compared to their averages based on low prices suggests that IAMGOLD Corp (USA) (NYSE:IAG) is quite undervalued.
Morningstar currently rates this a five star stock when it is priced under $4.50, which would support an undervalued assumption. This company had me so interested that I put an order to buy shares for $4.50. A few hours later I ended up cancelling the order after realizing that it didn’t fit with my investment plan.