Friday, December 1, 2017

Recent Buy – November – Fresenius

November was a calm month for my investments. I got my dividends from Next Plc and CVS Health and I bought a few shares of Fresenius SE (Xetra: FRE) at 62.28 which gives me 0.99% dividend yield. Fresenius is a global healthcare group, and offers products and services for dialysis, hospitals and outpatient medical care. It focuses on the hospital operations and offers engineering and services for hospitals and other health care facilities.

Fresenius increased it's dividend in the last 24 years, which is really rare among european companies. As I look at the numbers and valuation of Fresenius, I think its a great company at a fair price. It shows great growth in the last 10 years and I believe that it can maintain this growth in the next decade.

Full disclosure: Long CVS, Next Plc, Fresenius

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Recent Buy – October – CVS Health, Walgreens Boots Alliance, Express Scripts, Macy's

October was a really busy month for me. I saw some opportunities on the stock market to improve my portfolio and increase my forward dividend income.

I bought a few shares of CVS Health (CVS) at $73.09 which gives me 2.74% dividend yield. CVS Health is a dividend contender, which increased it's dividend in the last 14 years. After my purchase the price went down more, so I am thinking about to buy more shares of the company.


I bought Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) shares at $67.36 which means 2.38% dividend yield for me. WBA is a dividend aristocrat, which increased it's dividend in the last 42 years.


I like to build my portfolio from companies, that reguraly pays me dividends, but sometimes I saw great companies such as Alphabet (GOOGL) or Express Scripts (ESRX) on prices, that are good for me. I thought that the Express Scripts will be a good investment, so I bought it at $57.01.

Finally, at the end of the month, I bought the shares of Macy's at $19.02 which gives me 7.94% dividend yield.


Full disclosure: Long CVS, WBA, GOOGL, ESRX, M

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Dividend Increase - V. F. Corportation (VFC)

VF Corporation (VFC) announced a quarterly dividend increase from $ 0.42 to $ 0.46 per share which is payable December 18, 2017 to holders of record December 8, 2017. This represents a 9.52% increase to quarterly dividends.

That increase rises my YOC to 3.66%.

Disclaimer: Long VFC.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Whitbread - A Quality Company from the UK

I'm following a lot of companies from the US, like Kroger and TEVA, but this time I would like to introduce a quality company from the UK. Whitbread Plc (WTB) is the UK's largest hotel, restaurant and coffee shop operator serving millions of customers every week. They serve their customers through their two businesses: Premier Inn & Restaurants and Costa. Premier Inn has over 760 hotels in the UK, and also has hotels in the Middle East and Germany. Costa operates more than 3,500 coffee shops. It's brand include Premier Inn, Beefeather, Table Table, Taybarns and Costa Coffee.

(Source: Capital Market Day 2016 presentation)

The shares of Whitbread Plc are on the London Stock Exchange. The FTSE 100 and the FTSE 350 contains them.

Whitbread Plc increased it's revenue from 1.411 billion GBP to 3.106 billion GBP over the period spanning fiscal years 2006/2007 to 2016/2017. That's a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.21%.

Over the same 10-year period, the company's diluted earnings per share grew from 1.22 GBP to 2.31 GBP, which is a CAGR of 6.55%.

I think that it's really impressive from such a large company, so take a look at it's dividend.

The company increased it's dividend in the last 12 years, with a ten year CAGR 12.22%. The dividend yield is 2.59% with the yesterday's closing price. (37.02 GBP) The payout ratio is only 41.49%.

I think, that if I look at these numbers I see a good company, which worth further research.

Disclaimer: Long Kroger and TEVA

Friday, September 22, 2017

Recent Sell – Allianz AG

I bought a few shares of Allianz AG in 2016 after the Brexit referendum. That was a good timing, because of the panic at the stock market. I sold that shares a few days ago, because I think, that the valuation of the company's shares are really high.

When I bought the shares, the P/BV was 0.85 and the P/S was 0.52, but now I calculate P/BV 1.31 and P/S 0.75. If I look at the historical data, I can only see such high values in 2007. So this two ratios show me, that it is better to realize my profit.

But what I would expect from the company if I hold the shares? Allianz increased it's revenue from 92.183 billion to 110.500 billion over the period spanning fiscal years 2007 to 2016. That's a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 0.89%.

Over the same 10-year period, the company's diluted earnings per share decreased from €17.71 to €15.00, which is a CAGR of -1.12%.

 I think that it's not so impressive from a company, so take a look at it's dividend.

The company increased it's dividend in the last 4 years, with a ten year CAGR 7.18%. The dividend yield is 4.12% with my selling price. (€184.35) The payout ratio increased in the last 10 years.

These numbers show me, that the company's numbers are stagnating, and I won't expect great long-term returns from it. It was a good value play for me, but at today's prices I think that I will find muh better investment opportunities for my money in the next few months.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Watch List for September

In the last days I was thinking about what share would I buy in September. I am monitoring a lot of candidates, but I choose four dividend paying companies.

Qualcomm (QCOM) engages in the development, design and provision of digital telecommunications products and services. It operates through the following segments: Qualcomm CDMA Technologies (QCT), Qualcomm Technology Licensing (QTL), and Qualcomm Strategic Initiatives (QSI). Qualcomm pays out $2.28 dividend per share, and increased the dividend in the last 15 years, with a ten year CAGR 16.50%. The dividend yield of the company with the last closing price is 4.38%.

W. W. Grainger (GWW) is a distributor of maintance, repair and operating (MRO) supplies and other related products and services. The company raised it's quaterly dividend by 4.92% to $1.28 per share. This marked the 46th consecutive annual increase for W. W. Grainger. Over the past decade GWW has been able to boost annual dividends at a rate of 15.80% per year. This was supported by an increase in earnings from $4.94/share in 2007 to $9.87/share in 2016. The company has a sustainable dividend payment, and is fairly valued at 15.40 times forward earnings, while yielding 3.20%.

Kroger Company (KR) operates supermarkets, multi-department stores, jewelry stores, pharmacies, fuel centers and convenience stores in the United States. The company increased it's dividend in the last 12 years, with a ten year CAGR 16.50%. The dividend yield is 2.30% with the Friday's closing price. ($21.74) The payout ratio is really low, it's only 27.60%.

The Walt Disney Co. (DIS) is a diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise. It operates through four business segments: Media Networks, Parks & Resorts, Studio Entertainment and Consumer Products & Interactive Media. The company increased it's dividend in the last 7 years, and the ten year dividend growth rate is 18.80%. The dividend yield is 1.52% with the Friday's closing price. ($102.41) Generally I like companies which have at least 10 years consecutive dividend increases but DIS is an exception. It has powerful brand what doesn't need explanation if you have a child.

Full disclosure: Long KR.

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Recent Buy – TEVA - 2

A few days ago I wrote about my purchase of TEVA shares. The share price continued the falling, and I was thinking about the company's prospects. I think that the company's debt is managable on a long term horizont, but the short term financial ratios are not so good. That's why there are so many articles about the company's short term financial problems and the probability of bankrupcy. But I think that they can manage the short term problems and they will get large support from the Israeli Ministry of Economy.

I think that the black clouds will go away, but it needs long time. I bought a few more shares at $18.05. I know that it is a very risky investment, but I believe that the company worth more.

Full disclosure: Long TEVA.
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