30 Efficient, Dividend Paying Companies With Cheap Stock Prices
Joel Greenblatt's Magic Formula Investing (MFI) strategy can be used to target attractive dividend stocks. It simply ranks the entire stock universe by two simple metrics: earnings yield to find companies selling at low multiples to their profits, and return on capital to find companies that earn those profits efficiently. The resulting list of stocks are high quality and selling cheaply in the market. Who can argue against buying those characteristics?
In this article, I want to take it a step farther and throw out firms that do not pay a regular dividend. Doing this, we automatically get rid of highly volatile and unpreditable companies, leaving the steady income generators that pay their shareholders in cash. Their cheap stock prices allow us the potential for capital appreciation on top of dividend payments, and also can lock us in at dividend yields that may be higher than usual. And, since these are all highly capital efficient companies, the cash they generate can often be put to use in raising the dividend in the future.
The table below lists the top 30 dividend paying stocks over 50 million market cap, ranked in the Magic Formula fashion (using MagicDiligence's screener). There are, of course, some rather unstable dividend payers in this list. For example, PDL BioPharma (PDLI) and Great Northern (GNI) are essentually annuity companies, with a set point in the near future where they will go out of business by design. By and large, though, most of these companies have proven to be stable dividend payers well worth a look by income-focused investors:
|MANT||ManTech International Corporation||2.5%||28.0%||121.1%||1|
|STRA||Strayer Education, Inc.||4.7%||18.2%||139.0%||2|
|PETS||PetMed Express, Inc.||5.3%||19.9%||110.7%||3|
|AMAT||Applied Materials, Inc.||2.9%||23.9%||76.3%||4|
|LPS||Lender Processing Services, Inc.||2.6%||17.8%||106.4%||5|
|PDLI||PDL BioPharma, Inc.||10.9%||16.4%||124.5%||6|
|USPH||U.S. Physical Therapy, Inc.||1.6%||15.0%||157.4%||7|
|MKSI||MKS Instruments, Inc.||2.6%||27.8%||63.5%||9|
|UTIW||UTi Worldwide Inc.||0.4%||22.7%||66.2%||11|
|GNI||Great Northern Iron Ore Properties||15.5%||13.6%||223.5%||12|
|LINC||Lincoln Educational Services Corporation||11.3%||41.9%||55.5%||13|
|CATO||The Cato Corporation||3.7%||19.5%||71.0%||14|
|UNTD||United Online, Inc.||7.1%||14.3%||135.3%||15|
|EME||EMCOR Group, Inc.||0.9%||16.5%||80.6%||17|
|TNH||Terra Nitrogen Co. LP||9.5%||12.8%||313.9%||18|
|ADI||Analog Devices Inc.||2.9%||13.8%||124.5%||20|
|CTCM||CTC Media, Inc.||11.3%||13.3%||138.0%||21|
|NOC||Northrop Grumman Corporation||3.6%||18.2%||64.1%||22|
|FCX||Freeport-McMoran Copper & Gold Inc.||2.8%||33.9%||49.8%||23|
|USMO||USA Mobility, Inc.||7.3%||17.8%||62.6%||24|
|GD||General Dynamics Corporation||3.1%||16.2%||69.4%||25|
|ASEI||American Science and Engineering, Inc.||1.8%||15.1%||74.5%||26|
|CMTL||Comtech Telecommunications Corp.||3.4%||13.7%||95.5%||28|
|GPS||The Gap, Inc.||2.6%||19.8%||51.8%||29|
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