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1/17/2012

13 Dividend Challengers For Less Than Book Value

Cheap Dividend Challengers In Terms Of Price To Book Value Researched by Dividend Yield - Stock, Capital, Investment. Here is a current overview of Dividend Challengers, stocks that have raised dividends for 5-9 consecutive years, with a price to book ratio below one. The ratio shows that the company is currently priced under the reproduction value. Cheap or not? To answer this question, we need additional ratios. The screen matched 13 stocks of which 3 yielding over 4 percent. American Equity Investment Holding (AEL) is the only stock with a strong buy recommendation.

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American Greetings (NYSE: AM) has a market capitalization of $528.00 million. The company employs 7,400 people, generates revenues of $1,592.57 million and has a net income of $87.02 million. The firm’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $215.75 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 13.55 percent (operating margin 10.97 percent and the net profit margin finally 5.46 percent).


The total debt representing 15.04 percent of the company’s assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 30.47 percent. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 12.30 percent was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $1.99. Last fiscal year, the company paid $0.56 in form of dividends to shareholders.


Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 6.92, Price/Sales 0.31 and Price/Book ratio 0.73. Dividend Yield: 4.35 percent. The beta ratio is 1.74.


Long-Term Stock History Chart Of American Greetings Corp. (Click to enlarge)


Long-Term History of Dividends from American Greetings Corp. (NYSE: AM) (Click to enlarge)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of American Greetings Corp. (NYSE: AM) (Click to enlarge)


The Travelers Companies (NYSE: TRV) has a market capitalization of $24.51 billion. The company employs 32,000 people, generates revenues of $25,112.00 million and has a net income of $3,216.00 million. The firm’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $8,496.00 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 33.83 percent (operating margin 17.15 percent and the net profit margin finally 12.81 percent).


The total debt representing 6.29 percent of the company’s assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 25.95 percent. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 12.09 percent was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $3.78. Last fiscal year, the company paid $1.41 in form of dividends to shareholders.


Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 15.69, Price/Sales 0.98 and Price/Book ratio 1.02. Dividend Yield: 2.76 percent. The beta ratio is 0.70.


Long-Term Stock History Chart Of The Travelers Companie... (Click to enlarge)


Long-Term History of Dividends from The Travelers Companie... (NYSE: TRV) (Click to enlarge)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of The Travelers Companie... (NYSE: TRV) (Click to enlarge)


National HealthCare Corp. (NYSEAMEX: NHC) has a market capitalization of $585.92 million. The company employs 12,760 people, generates revenues of $715.50 million and has a net income of $52.70 million. The firm’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $88.84 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 12.42 percent (operating margin 8.55 percent and the net profit margin finally 7.36 percent).


The total debt representing 1.21 percent of the company’s assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 1.78 percent. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 11.80 percent was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $3.99. Last fiscal year, the company paid $1.10 in form of dividends to shareholders.


Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 10.61, Price/Sales 0.82 and Price/Book ratio 1.48. Dividend Yield: 2.83 percent. The beta ratio is 0.55.


Long-Term Stock History Chart Of National HealthCare Corp. (Click to enlarge)


Long-Term History of Dividends from National HealthCare Corp. (NYSEAMEX: NHC) (Click to enlarge)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of National HealthCare Corp. (NYSEAMEX: NHC) (Click to enlarge)

Here is the full table with some fundamentals (TTM):

14 Dividend Challengers For Less Than Book Value

Take a closer look at the full table. The average price to earnings ratio (P/E ratio) amounts to 15.08 while the forward price to earnings ratio is 8.29. The dividend yield has a value of 2.63 percent. Price to book ratio is 0.80 and price to sales ratio 0.77. The operating margin amounts to 9.05 percent.

Related stock ticker symbols:
UCBA, CHEV, AM, TWGP, THG, ACI, LSBK, NHC, TRV, AFG, AIZ, VSEC, AEL

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