8 Stocks With Nearly Safe Dividends

A good example how debt destroys the dreams of dividend growth investors is Tesco. The company cut its dividend payments yesterday by 75 percent. 

The major reasons for the trigger were worsening earnings as well as a high debt burden. 

Warren Buffett also bought a small stake in Tesco a few years ago and most of us thought it was a safe haven but as I saw the huge debt amount of 10 billion British pounds, I was shocked. Am I wrong? Did I oversee something my analysis? No! Now we see the bitter result of a weakening business with high debt.

Quick Tesco Income Statement
Source: MSN Money

I personally love companies with strong growth and low debt ratios. In my blog I've also often published hundreds of stock ideas and some of them performed very well.

The market is full of high dividend payer with a big long-term debt portfolio. Below are eight large cap dividend stocks with very low debt-to-equity ratios.

I've focused my thoughts on stocks with a yield over 2 percent but you must consider the full amount of cash which the company owns. The higher the cash per share, the better the premium you can pay but in the end, it’s the operational business that drives the stock up or down.

Only a good growing company with better developing business perspectives can lift up your asset. I know that it is hard to look into the future and nobody has the ability to do this but with a small piece of unclouded thoughts, your investment should become a clear target or trash.

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8 solid dividend stocks with very low debt in order to avoid dividend cuts in the future are...


25 Of The Most Attractive Dividend Stocks

These are tough times for investors who look for cheap companies. The Dow and S&P 500 jump from high to high, but this boom is credit-driven; it's the result of the monetary easing policy of the world's major government banks.

The good thing is that we can buy stocks in every market situation, whether the market has a P/E level of 30 or 10. What we need to is to look at solid growth for the single stock and not overpay for the future prospects of an asset.

When I look at the market today, I see that the financial sector, conglomerates and basic material stocks are the cheapest valued ones in terms of forward P/E, but the highest growth is predicted for the Services and Technology sector, both of which have the highest P/E ratios.

Tech stocks have made many people rich, but if you recall the dot.com bubble in 2000, many investors and private dealers lost their money because they believed that their super high-flying stock could change the world.

Facebook, Twitter and Google dominate our world today, but will they do it in 10 or 20 years too? For sure, Microsoft has survived over 40 years. Oracle, IBM and even Apple also developed into dominant players and created a long track record, but technology is a fast changing business. You can make billions in a year, but also lose all your money in the next half-decade.

I own some of the old-school technology stocks too, but I don't like to pay for the uncertain future of a company more than it makes sense in an economic view. I will not pay 500 times sales today because of the company's next revolutionary product if I don’t understand how it works.

I want dividends and a fair chance to make an 8 percent or more return, nothing else. The market has enough opportunities to realize this goal, and it is easy to succeed.

I've found a new screener on Morningstar, but it seems only to work with Canadian and US stocks. Morningstar has a great classification of companies, from financially healthy to growth, so I tested it.

Today, I was looking for fairly valuated growth stocks with a good dividend yield. In addition, 5-year expected earnings growth had to be over 8 percent. The screen delivered 25 results, and my focus is still on consumer stocks, as well as non-cyclical dividend payers.

Below are 5 of my favorite picks. Do you like some of them? Please let me know what you think from the screen.


5 Cash-Hoarding Stocks With Top Yields And Strong Cash Flows (PFE, COP, CVX, LLY, MRK)

While I made my daily research on several stock market screeners, one question came deeply into my mind. When the markets are so expensive, who are the cheapest stocks, not by P/E but in terms of cash flow or Ebitda. I also included the Cash and debt of the company.

So, the good thing is that you can buy stocks in every market cycle but you must be careful with your investment spending.

Your final return depends in the end on your inital investment cost and if you buy at a high price, your return will fall into a low or negative area.

Good to know that dividends can upper your yield but my experience is that it could be very painful for an investor to look at a suffering return over years.

These are my criteria:
- Market Cap over 15 Billion
- Dividend Yield in the higher yield space over 3 percent
- Cheapest Enterprise-To-Ebitda Ratio on the market

My screen delivered some interesting results in the large cap area: Oil companies are top. 

COP, CVX are the best results in terms of EV/EBITDA. Both have a ratio of around 5 which is very comfortable in the current situation but what about Russia and the Middle East crises?

My second best results came from the technology space: Intel and Verizon. Warren Buffett added his VZ stake by one third on the past quarter and he might be right because VZ is much cheaper than rival AT&T. The EV/EBITDA ratio is only at 6.35 while T has a ratio of 9.66.

Healthcare is also good positioned with Merck, Pfizer and Eli Lilly but those are suffering on the patent cliff.

I believe that it does not make sense to look at stocks with a higher ratio. For sure cash flows can come down and the full sheet becomes trash but most of the companies serve values. What are your thoughts about my current screen? How are you invested?

These are the best results in terms of lowest debt-to-equity ratio:


Best Warren Buffett Documentary Ever!

Hello investment guys, hope you have a great day. I've stumbled and found a great documentary about the big long-term investor Warren E. Buffett. The film is around 45 minutes long but gives a great overview of his life. Very informative.

I hope you also get inspired and it helps you to perform your own investment style.

Investing is about passion and not to make money. I and my friends and community also very frugal persons who loves to invest. 

Honesty is also important. Don't cheat and have a good taste of humor.

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How to Retire At The Age Of 40 With Dividends - 10 Helpful Investing Tips From "All About Interest"

I'm passionate about dividends and share my thoughts about stocks on my blog but there are also many other bloggers with good ideas.

Most of them share their personal journey to financial freedom on the internet and educate people how they grow their passive income with dividend stocks. Their plan: Retire at the age of 40.

I love those stories and the hard work they do. I'm also a guy who worked hard for his success. That's the reason why I want to support them and like to distribute their thoughts to a wider audience.

I share fresh articles from them on my Twitter and Facebook account. If you like you can join the conversation there. It’s always great.

Today I'd like to interview a great Blogger who has a nice dividend investing space on the internet, a site calling All About Interest.

Tom: AA Interest, you are a dividend investor and publishing your journey to a financial independence at the age of 40 on the web. On your blog, you show people your asset structure with a net worth of $725,000. What are your main growth drivers for your financial freedom goal?

AA Interest: My main growth driver is my savings each month that I plow back into investments that offer passive income streams. These passive income streams are real estate (rental properties) and dividend growth stocks. 

This passive income is then added to my savings the following month and put right back to work for me, causing a compounding, or snowball effect. 

Tom: Out there are so many people who have the dream to retiree with a high passive dividend income stream. Can you give them three important tips to follow in order to achieve this aim?

AA Interest: My advice is simple:

1.) Start investing as soon as possible
2.) Save as much as you can each month
3.) Research your investments

These are the three biggest factors that will produce your desired retirement amounts: time, money and rate of return.  You need to know the time you have available for compounding to work its magic.  You need to know the amount of money you have available to invest.  You also need to do your research so you have a good return on your investments.
Tom: Back to stock market financials. What are the best places to be when you think about putting money into stocks now; can you tell us something about your recent trades or your current ideas.

AA Interest: Whether the market is in a bull or bear cycle, I believe there are always companies that offer a fair value or better. Currently, I have a large portion of my portfolio in the energy sector.  

I'm invested in big names like Chevron, Conoco Phillips, British Petroleum and Kinder Morgan to name a few. From a p/e standpoint, a lot of these energy companies offer some of the best values in the market.

They also happen to pay a generous and growing dividend, usually in excess of 3.5%. 

I'm also a fan of companies that generate large amounts of free cash flow and have little or no debt. A company like this that I've recently been investing in is Visa.  

I also look for short-term, negative catalysts that can suppress a stock's price. One such company I've been investing in lately is Target.

Shares are trailing the S&P significantly since the credit card breach and lackluster Canadian results.

However, Target is a dividend champion, having increased their dividend consecutively for over 47 years! I'm a fan of the company long-term and believe shares currently offer a good value. 

Tom: Final Question: You’ve published a long Watchlist on your Blog. What are your main criteria to consider a buy? Do you look at P/E multiples, high yields or other ratios?

AA Interest: I actually laid out a Business Plan so that I could monitor my stock purchasing like running an actual business. As outlined in this plan, my main criteria to buy are:

1.) At least 90% of all stocks chosen should be in the CCC list, that is the Champions, Contenders and Challengers list maintained by David Fish.  This list can be found on my Resources tab.
2.) Small-Cap or larger ( >250 million market cap).
3.) 10-year YOC should be 10% or higher (typically using 5-year CAGR).
4.) Minimum yield of 2.5% (exception can be made as long as target total portfolio yield holds).
5.) Dividend growth over last 5 years (5-year CAGR) must be over 4%.
6.) Large moat or competitive advantages.
7.) Sound fundamentals.

These are the basic rules that I follow. Some of these rules leave flexibility and some room for being subjective.  

For instance, Visa doesn't meet rule number 4. However, since my portfolio average yield is well above 3.5%, I made an exception.

In a nutshell, I'm looking for companies that pay and raise dividends at a rate higher than inflation, have a large barrier to entry and are fundamentally sound. This is why I consider myself a dividend growth investor.

Tom: Thank you for your great interview. If you like to follow AA Interest, please visit his Blog at http://www.allaboutinterest.com.

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