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Feb 122012
 

A strong dividend play is investing in high yield utility stocks.  Most investors are aware of this strategy, much more than the investments in Business Development Companies or Real Estate Investment Trusts, which I have written articles on here in the past.  Utility stocks are usually considered safe dividend stocks, due to the constant demand for their services (electricity, water, gas, etc).  This article is going to focus on high yield utility stocks in the electric sector.  I am going to even focus even deeper and talk about electric companies with generation and distribution pieces.

Q3 (Sep ’11) Q4 (Dec ’11)

2011

EXC -Exelon
Net profit margin

14.26%

13.01%

Operating margin

24.98%

23.35%

EBITD margin

30.31%

Return on average assets

4.45%

4.65%

Return on average equity

16.91%

17.86%

Employees

19,214

P/E Ratio

10.67

Dividend Yield %

5.24%

DUK – Duke Corporation
Net profit margin

11.83%

9.25%

Operating margin

19.35%

16.17%

EBITD margin

28.69%

Return on average assets

3.12%

2.27%

Return on average equity

8.33%

5.95%

Employees

18,440

P/E Ratio

15.52

Dividend Yield %

4.66%

SO – Southern Company
Net profit margin

7.49%

12.84%

Operating margin

15.94%

23.96%

EBITD margin

33.69%

Return on average assets
Return on average equity
Employees

25,940

P/E Ratio

17.26

Dividend Yield %

4.23%

D – Dominion Resources
Net profit margin

10.41%

19.61%

Operating margin

21.90%

37.51%

EBITD margin

44.45%

Return on average assets

3.63%

6.98%

Return on average equity

13.49%

25.56%

Employees

15,800

P/E Ratio

19.03

Dividend Yield %

4.26%

TE – Teco Energy
Net profit margin

7.10%

8.16%

Operating margin

17.37%

18.59%

EBITD margin

28.30%

Return on average assets

2.92%

3.74%

Return on average equity

9.42%

12.29%

Employees

4,233

P/E Ratio

14.12

Dividend Yield %

4.94%

PPL – PPL Corporation
Net profit margin

14.39%

 9.60%

11.44%

Operating margin

25.13%

 20.37%

23.71%

EBITD margin

33.42%

Return on average assets

4.42%

 3.89%

3.86%

Return on average equity

16.49%

 14.88%

15.17%

Employees

13,809

P/E Ratio

10.85

Dividend Yield %

5.05%

PGN – Progress Energy
Net profit margin

10.67%

8.51%

Operating margin

25.12%

20.16%

EBITD margin

29.19%

Return on average assets

3.52%

2.70%

Return on average equity

11.58%

8.83%

Employees

11,000

P/E Ratio

20.61

Dividend Yield %

4.55%

FE – First Energy Corp
Net profit margin

10.79%

5.70%

Operating margin

21.66%

13.53%

EBITD margin

19.12%

Return on average assets

4.33%

2.20%

Return on average equity

15.74%

9.17%

Employees

13,330

P/E Ratio

17.75

Dividend Yield %

5.16%

 

Exelon – EXC is the largest power producer in the United States.  Not sure if its merger issues or what, that has the stock stale at about 40 dollars a share.  EXC has extremely positive numbers with over a 5% dividend yield and a PE ratio of just over 10.  The other numbers above show a positive trend and larger profit margins than most over utilities listed.

Duke Energy – DUK is approaching a price high they haven’t seen since late in 2006.  The stock is approaching 22 dollars a share.  DUK has a very strong dividend yield of 4.66% and a PE of 15.52.  DUK is also showing positive growth in net profit margin and operating margin, but not the same margins that Exelon is showing.

Southern Company – SO has just came off of an all-time high and their stock is sitting just below 45 dollars a share.  SO continues to show strong net profit and operating margins as well as increasing dividend payouts.  SO yields 4.23% with a PE of just over 17.

Dominion Resources – D just like Southern Company is coming off of an all-time high, and their stock is sitting just below 50 dollars a share.  D has shown some of the strongest margins over the past couple of years, but their margins have slipped the past couple quarters.  D yields the same as SO, with a 4.23% yield and a slightly higher PE of just over 19.

TECO Energy – TE, is the smallest company I have listed here.  I have included TE here due to their high dividend yield, 4.99% and their PE of 14.  But buyer beware as they just missed earnings for the 4th quarter, with lower revenues.  However, they did increase the dividend once again, so keep an eye on TECO.

PPL Corporation – PPL beat 4th quarter earnings estimates by 8 cents a share.  PPL like TECO decided to raise their dividend 1 cent per quarter to 36 cents a quarter.  PPL has a 5.06% yield and a PE of 10.85.

Progress Energy – PGN sits in the same mold as DUK, SO, and D with its stock at an all-time high.  PGN has a 4.54% yield and a PE of over 20.

First Energy – FE has been a stock laying around 40-42 dollars a share for quite some time.  FE has a PE of just under 18, and a yield of 5.16%.

I could have written pages on each of these companies and reasons of why and why not to buy these stocks.  I want to make this as simple as I could for everyone reading this.

Avoid SO, D, PGN, and DUK.  All these stocks are at or near all-time highs.  There are better stocks in this sector for growth.  Double avoid SO and D as their profit and operating margins have fallen quite a bit.

Watch and wait on TETE has fallen from over 19 at the start of the year into the mid 17’s.  As mentioned, their earnings report was well short this quarter, but I believe this is a stock to buy if it falls to 16 a share.

These are the stocks to buy from this article, EXC, PPL and FE.  Why these three?  All three have dividend yields over 5%.  All three stocks are well below their all-time highs and they have room to grow.  EXC and PPL show PE ratios that are under 11.  FE has shown increases in profit and operating margins.  These are the high yield utility stocks you should look to invest your money in.

Full disclosure: I own PPL, and DUK.  After research/writing this article, I am planning to sell DUK, and placing an order on EXC.  I will also place a limit order in for TE at 15.90 a share.  I also work for PPL, and I am long in my position with PPL.  I have not given any inside information on PPL in this article and all information in this article for PPL is readily available on their quarterly and annual reports available on their internet website.

Originally posted February 12, 2012

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Jan 112012
 

Below is a list of top Business Development Companies. BDC’s stands for Business Development Companies.  It is a form of a publicity traded private equity.  They were created by US Congress in 1980.  Publicly traded companies invest money in different companies, usually smaller ones and make a profit from the investments.  Like REIT’s, 90% of the profits must be paid to the stockholders as dividends.

BDC’s were created to help small to medium sized companies with oversight and capital that they would not be able to obtain from traditional sources.  Read below in the table of top Business Development Companies and a link to a page with their dividend history.

Click Any Company Name Link in the First Column Below For Dividend History
High Yielding Stocks VF Member Classification Latest Stock Price Latest Dividend Declared Ex Dividend Date Annualized Dividend Annual Yield
Resource Capital RSO BDCs 5.48 0.25 Quarterly 12/28/11 1.00 18.25%
Mcg Capital MCGC BDCs 4.15 0.17 Quarterly 12/13/11 0.68 16.39%
Patriot Capital Funding PCAP BDCs 3.93 0.63 N 12/18/08 0.63 16.04%
Apollo Investment AINV BDCs 7.07 0.28 Quarterly 12/13/11 1.12 15.85%
Highland Distressed Opport I HCD BDCs 2.31 0.075 Quarterly 12/17/08 0.30 12.99%
Fifth Street Finance FSC BDCs 10.13 0.1066 Monthly 12/09/11 1.2792 12.63%
Prospect Capital PSEC BDCs 9.96 0.1014 Monthly 01/27/12 1.2171 12.22%
Blackrock Kelso Capital BKCC BDCs 8.72 0.26 Quarterly 12/19/11 1.04 11.93%
Horizon Tech Finance HRZN 16.23 0.45 Quarterly 11/21/11 1.80 11.10%
Kohlberg Capital KCAP BDCs 6.51 0.18 Quarterly 12/21/11 0.72 11.06%
Solar Capital Ltd SLRC BDCs 22.52 0.60 Quarterly 12/13/11 2.40 10.66%
Ticc Capital TICC BDCs 9.44 0.25 Quarterly 12/14/11 1.00 10.60%
Pennantpark Investment PNNT BDCs 10.71 0.28 Quarterly 12/21/11 1.12 10.46%
Compass Diversified Holdings Sbi CODI 14.32 0.36 Quarterly 01/19/12 1.44 10.06%
Gladstone Capital GLAD BDCs 8.45 0.0700 Monthly 01/19/12 0.84 9.95%
Triangle Capital TCAP BDCs 19.29 0.47 Quarterly 12/12/11 1.88 9.75%
First Trust Specialty Finance AN FGB 6.72 0.16 Quarterly 11/18/11 0.64 9.53%
Ngp Capital Resources NGPC BDCs 7.75 0.18 Quarterly 12/28/11 0.72 9.30%
Ares Capital ARCC BDCs 15.95 0.36 Quarterly 12/13/11 1.44 9.03%
Hercules Technology Growth Capit HTGC BDCs 9.94 0.22 Quarterly 11/09/11 0.88 8.86%
Avenue Income Credit Strategies ACP BDCs – REIT Hybrids 16.49 0.12 Monthly 02/13/12 1.44 8.74%
Gladstone Commercial GOOD 17.64 0.125 Monthly 01/19/12 1.50 8.51%
Kkr Financial Holdings Llc KFN BDCs – REIT Hybrids 8.93 0.18 Quarterly 11/15/11 0.72 8.07%
Gladstone Investment GAIN BDCs 7.51 0.0500 Monthly 01/19/12 0.60 7.99%
Main Street Capital MAIN BDCs 21.41 0.135 Monthly 01/18/12 1.62 7.57%
Kayne Anderson Energy Development KED BDCs 21.17 0.38 Quarterly 10/17/11 1.52 7.18%
Medallion Financial TAXI 11.18 0.18 Quarterly 11/14/11 0.72 6.45%
Tortoise Capital Resources TTO 8.25 0.11 Quarterly 11/18/11 0.44 5.34%
Mvc Capital MVC BDCs 12.01 0.12 Quarterly 12/28/11 0.48 4.00%
Powershares Listed Private Equit PSP 8.28 0.0515 Quarterly 12/17/10 0.20584 2.49%
Wisdomtree Asia Local Debt Fund ALD BDCs 50.56 0.0700 Monthly 12/21/11 0.84 1.66%
Capital Southwest CSWC BDCs 83.67 0.80 S 11/10/11 0.80 0.96%
Capitalsource CSE BDCs – REIT Hybrids 6.74 0.01 Quarterly 12/08/11 0.04 0.60%
Onex Corporation SV OCX.CA BDCs 33.40 0.0275 Quarterly 01/06/12 0.1100 0.33%

Best Business Development Companies

Top Business Development Companies List, Originally posted on January 11, 2012.

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There are different types of REITs that you should know about when you go into dividend stocks or wish to invest into real estate. REIT stands for Real Estate Investment Trust.  There are two main types of REITs:

Types Of REITs

Equity REIT’s

Mortgage REIT’s

and Hybrid REIT’s, which are just Equity and Mortgage REIT’s together with the same company.

Equity REITs invest in and own properties.  Their income comes mostly from the rent payments that they receive.

Mortgage REITs loan money to buy mortgages, or mortgage backed securities.  They could also do the lending themselves.  They make their money off the interest spread, so if they borrow the money for 1% and charge 5% interest to their customers, they profit from the 4% spread.  The larger the spread, the higher the profits.  Currently with interest rates so low, profit is not as easy as it once was, but these REITs still make money.

REITs are required to pay 90% of their profits as dividends.  There are many of these companies that pay over a 10% dividend and a couple pay more around the 20% threshold.

While we are looking at different types of REITs, here are some popular REIT stocks available for purchase.

Types of REITs & REOCs by Ticker Symbol

The following table is a list of publicly traded REITs and REOCs. Click on the name of a company to visit its website. Click on the ticker symbols of the companies to obtain detailed stock information.

Stock Exchange Listings:
NYSE | AMSE | NASDAQ | OTC

NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE:

Company Name: Ticker:
Acadia Realty Trust AKR
Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. ARE
American Campus Communities, Inc. ACC
Annaly Capital Management, Inc. NLY
Apollo Commercial RE Finance ARI
Ashford Hospitality Trust AHT
AvalonBay Communities Inc. AVB
BioMed Realty Trust Inc. BMR
Brandywine Realty Trust BDN
Brookfield Office Properties BPO
Camden Property Trust CPT
Capital Trust, Inc. CT
Capstead Mortgage Corporation CMO
Cedar Shopping Centers CDR
Chesapeake Lodging Trust CHSP
Cogdell Spencer Inc. CSA
Colony Financial, Inc. CLNY
CoreSite Realty Corporation COR
Cousins Properties, Inc. CUZ
CubeSmart CUBE
DCT Industrial Trust Inc. DCT
Diamondrock Hospitality Co. DRH
Duke Realty Corporation DRE
EastGroup Properties, Inc. EGP
Entertainment Properties Trust EPR
Equity One, Inc. EQY
Essex Property Trust, Inc. ESS
Extra Space Storage, Inc. EXR
Federal Realty Investment Trust FRT
First Industrial Realty Trust FR
Forest City Enterprises, Inc. FCE.A
General Growth Properties, Inc. GGP
Glimcher Realty Trust GRT
Gramercy Capital Corp. GKK
Hatteras Financial Corp. HTS
Health Care REIT, Inc. HCN
Home Properties, Inc. HME
Host Hotels & Resorts HST
Inland Real Estate Corporation IRC
iStar Financial Inc. SFI
Kilroy Realty Corporation KRC
Kite Realty Group Trust KRG
LaSalle Hotel Properties LHO
Liberty Property Trust LRY
MAA MAA
Mack-Cali Realty Corporation CLI
MFA Financial, Inc. MFA
MPG Office Trust, Inc. MPG
National Retail Properties NNN
Newcastle Investment Corporation NCT
Omega Healthcare Investors, Inc. OHI
Parkway Properties, Inc. PKY
Pennsylvania REIT PEI
Plum Creek Timber Company PCL
Potlach Corp. PCH
PS Business Parks Inc. PSB
RAIT Investment Trust RAS
Rayonier, Inc. RYN
Regency Centers Corporation REG
Saul Centers, Inc. BFS
Simon Property Group, Inc. SPG
Sovran Self Storage, Inc. SSS
Starwood Property Trust STWD
Sun Communities, Inc. SUI
Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, Inc. SKT
UDR Inc. UDR
Urstadt Biddle Properties, Inc. UBA
Ventas, Inc. VTR
W. P. Carey & Co. LLC WPC
Weingarten Realty Investors WRI
Winthrop Realty Trust FUR
Company Name: Ticker:
Agree Realty Corporation ADC
American Assets Trust AAT
American Tower Corporation AMT
Apartment Investment & Mgmt. Co. AIV
Arbor Realty Trust, Inc. ABR
Associated Estates Realty Corp. AEC
Boston Properties, Inc. BXP
BRE Properties, Inc. BRE
Campus Crest Communities CCG
CapLease Inc. LSE
CBL & Associates Properties CBL
Chatham Lodging Trust CLDT
Chimera Investment Corp. CIM
Colonial Properties Trust CLP
CommonWealth REIT CWH
Corporate Office Properties Trust OFC
CreXus Investment Corp. CXS
Cypress Sharpridge Investments CYS
Developers Diversified Realty Corporation DDR
Digital Realty Trust, Inc. DLR
Dupont Fabros Technology DFT
Education Realty Trust, Inc. EDR
Equity Lifestyle Properties ELS
Equity Residential EQR
Excel Trust, Inc. EXL
FelCor Lodging Trust Inc. FCH
First Potomac Realty Trust FPO
Franklin Street Properties FSP
Getty Realty Corp. GTY
Government Properties Income Trust GOV
HCP Inc. HCP
Highwoods Properties, Inc. HIW
Hospitality Properties Trust HPT
Hudson Pacific Properties, Inc. HPP
Invesco Mortgage Capital IVR
Kimco Realty Corporation KIM
Lexington Realty Trust LXP
LTC Properties, Inc. LTC
Macerich MAC
Medical Properties Trust MPW
Monmouth Real Estate Investment Corp. MNR
Nationwide Health Properties, Inc. NHP
NorthStar Realty Finance Corp. NRF
One Liberty Properties Inc. OLP
Pebblebrook Hotel Trust PEB
Piedmont Office Realty Trust PDM
Post Properties, Inc. PPS
Prologis PLD
Public Storage, Inc. PSA
Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust RPT
Realty Income Corporation O
Resource Capital Corp. RSO
Senior Housing Properties Trust SNH
SL Green Realty Corp. SLG
Stag Industrial, Inc. STAG
Strategic Hotels & Resorts BEE
Sunstone Hotel Investors, Inc. SHO
Taubman Centers, Inc. TCO
UMH Properties, Inc. UMH
Vornado Realty Trust VNO
Washington Real Estate Investment Trust WRE
Weyerhaeuser WY

AMERICAN STOCK EXCHANGE:

Company Name: Ticker:
Berkshire Income Realty BIR.A
Company Name: Ticker:
Hersha Hospitality Trust HT

NASDAQ:

Company Name: Ticker:
American Capital Agency Corp. AGNC
Gladstone Commercial Corporation GOOD
Sabra Health Care REIT, Inc. SBRA
Thomas Properties Group Inc. TPGI
Company Name: Ticker:
American Realty Capital Properties ARCP
MHI Hospitality Corp. MDH
Supertel Hospitality, Inc. SPPR

Other Over-the-Counter:

Company Name: Ticker:
First REIT of New Jersey FREVS.OB

 

Hopefully the above types of REITs were useful to you!

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