Special Dividend Candidates
As the fiscal cliff approaches, it seems many companies are looking at the possibility of paying special dividends. In just the last few days Costco (NASDAQ:COST), National Beverage (NASDAQ:FIZZ), Las Vegas Sands (NYSE:LVS) and AOL (NYSE:AOL) just to name a few have announced special dividends. Speculation is ripe that Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) and Wynn (NASDAQ:WYNN) could also be considering such a move.
Looking beyond the headlines, there are many companies where we could see some action. So who are some likely candidates that are outside the beaten path? This scan looks for companies with high insider ownership (they will have special incentive to take gains this year), companies that can afford to make a payment (quick ratio >1 and plenty of cash on hand), they are at least $500 million in market capitalization and they currently pay a dividend (so adding a special payout would be procedurally rather easy). That brings up this list:
Cash / Share
Cash % of Price
Food - Major Diversified
Scientific & Technical Instruments
Scotts Miracle Grow
Terra Nitrogen Company
Please use this list as a starting point for your own research.
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