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These Are Warren Buffett’s 5 Top Dividend Stocks

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway  isn’t known as a top dividend stock, but that doesn’t mean that Buffett doesn’t understand the power of income investing.

“The Oracle of Omaha” has maintained a strict no-dividend policy at the insurance giant for years. Since 1962, Berkshire has paid out only one distribution to shareholders; Warren Buffett even joked he, “must have been in the bathroom,” when that decision was made.

But while he may be stingy with shareholders, Buffett doesn’t mind collecting dividends himself. Every year, the conglomerate earns billions in distributions.

His portfolio has become a virtual “who’s who” of top dividend stocks.So if you’re looking for yield, you could do worse than skimming through Berkshire’s holdings.

No, the company isn’t a good idea for income investing, but Warren Buffett’s portfolio is filled with some of the best dividend stocks around. Here are five:

Verizon Communications -- Yield: 4.34%

Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) employs 162,700 people, generates revenue of $131,620.00 million and has a net income of $18,375.00 million. The current market capitalization stands at $211.25 billion.

Verizon Communications’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $46,567.00 million. The EBITDA margin is 35.38% (the operating margin is 25.12% and the net profit margin 13.96%).

Financials: The total debt represents 44.94% of Verizon Communications assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 667.94%. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 124.48% was realized by Verizon Communications.

Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $3.54. Last fiscal year, Verizon Communications paid $2.23 in the form of dividends to shareholders.

Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 14.85, the P/S ratio is 1.61 and the P/B ratio is finally 12.91. The dividend yield amounts to 4.34%.

Stock Charts:

Long-Term Stock Price Chart of Verizon Communications (VZ)
Long-Term Stock Price Chart of Verizon Communications (VZ)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of Verizon Communications (VZ)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of Verizon Communications (VZ)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of Verizon Communications (VZ)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of Verizon Communications (VZ)


Johnson & Johnson -- Yield: 2.69%

Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) employs 127,100 people, generates revenue of $70,074.00 million and has a net income of $15,409.00 million. The current market capitalization stands at $329.47 billion.

Johnson & Johnson’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $24,918.00 million. The EBITDA margin is 35.56% (the operating margin is 27.39% and the net profit margin 21.99%).

Financials: The total debt represents 14.89% of Johnson & Johnson assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 27.91%. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 21.87% was realized by Johnson & Johnson.

Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $5.37. Last fiscal year, Johnson & Johnson paid $2.95 in the form of dividends to shareholders.

Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 22.35, the P/S ratio is 4.65 and the P/B ratio is finally 4.61. The dividend yield amounts to 2.69%.

Stock Charts:

Long-Term Stock Price Chart of Johnson & Johnson (JNJ)
Long-Term Stock Price Chart of Johnson & Johnson (JNJ)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of Johnson & Johnson (JNJ)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of Johnson & Johnson (JNJ)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of Johnson & Johnson (JNJ)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of Johnson & Johnson (JNJ)


Kinder Morgan -- Yield: 2.33%

Kinder Morgan (NYSE:KMI) employs 11,290 people, generates revenue of $14,403.00 million and has a net income of $208.00 million. The current market capitalization stands at $48.46 billion.

Kinder Morgan’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $6,825.00 million. The EBITDA margin is 47.39% (the operating margin is 16.78% and the net profit margin 1.44%).

Financials: The total debt represents 51.40% of Kinder Morgan assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 123.09%. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 0.66% was realized by Kinder Morgan.

Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $0.04. Last fiscal year, Kinder Morgan paid $1.60 in the form of dividends to shareholders.

Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 590.39, the P/S ratio is 3.33 and the P/B ratio is finally 1.36. The dividend yield amounts to 2.33%.

Stock Charts:

Long-Term Stock Price Chart of Kinder Morgan (KMI)
Long-Term Stock Price Chart of Kinder Morgan (KMI)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of Kinder Morgan (KMI)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of Kinder Morgan (KMI)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of Kinder Morgan (KMI)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of Kinder Morgan (KMI)


Mastercard -- Yield: 0.79%

Mastercard (NYSE:MA) employs 11,300 people, generates revenue of $9,667.00 million and has a net income of $3,808.00 million. The current market capitalization stands at $107.22 billion.

Mastercard’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $5,372.00 million. The EBITDA margin is 55.57% (the operating margin is 52.53% and the net profit margin 39.39%).

Financials: The total debt represents 20.11% of Mastercard assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 54.21%. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 59.42% was realized by Mastercard.

Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $3.40. Last fiscal year, Mastercard paid $0.67 in the form of dividends to shareholders.

Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 28.43, the P/S ratio is 10.95 and the P/B ratio is finally 17.86. The dividend yield amounts to 0.79%.

Stock Charts:

Long-Term Stock Price Chart of Mastercard (MA)
Long-Term Stock Price Chart of Mastercard (MA)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of Mastercard (MA)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of Mastercard (MA)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of Mastercard (MA)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of Mastercard (MA)


Visa -- Yield: 0.70%

Visa (NYSE:V) employs 11,300 people, generates revenue of $13,880.00 million and has a net income of $6,328.00 million. The current market capitalization stands at $191.44 billion.

Visa’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $9,572.00 million. The EBITDA margin is 68.96% (the operating margin is 65.30% and the net profit margin 45.59%).

Financials: The total debt represents 0.00% of Visa assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 0.00%. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 22.05% was realized by Visa.

Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $2.02. Last fiscal year, Visa paid $0.48 in the form of dividends to shareholders.

Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 39.98, the P/S ratio is 13.70 and the P/B ratio is finally 6.57. The dividend yield amounts to 0.70%.

Stock Charts:

Long-Term Stock Price Chart of Visa (V)
Long-Term Stock Price Chart of Visa (V)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of Visa (V)
Long-Term Dividend Payment History of Visa (V)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of Visa (V)
Long-Term Dividend Yield History of Visa (V)


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