During the week of December 3rd eight Dividend Aristocrats will go Ex-Dividend. They are Brown-Forman Co (BF.A & BF.B), Stanley Black & Decker (SWK), Wal-Mart (WMT), Kimberly-Clark (KMB), Genuine Parts Co (GPC), Leggett & Platt (LEG), VF Corp (VFC), and Becton, Dickinson & Co (BDX). In this article the first four will be reviewed. Part 2 will review the second group of four.
Brown-Forman Co.-Ex-Dividend 12/03/12
Brown-Forman is the company that owns Jack Daniels's brand alcoholic beverages as well as 35 other brands. They operate in the Champagne, liqueur, tequila, vodka, whiskey, and wine segments of the industry. BF.B was trading at $70.17 as of the close of trading Friday and is paying out 1.40% a year in dividends. BF.B has also raised their dividends from $0.155 a quarter per share in 2000 up to $0.255 a share each quarter starting in December of 2012. BF.B just declared a special $4.00 cash dividend with an Ex-Dividend date of 12-10-12.
|Brown-Forman Key Ratios|
|Return on Assets||14.12%|
|Operating Cash Flow||539.60M|
|Levered Free Cash Flow||410.26M|
Stanley Black & Decker -Ex-Dividend 12/05/12
Stanley Black and Decker is a global diversified manufacturer of hand tools, power tools, and related accessories. The company operates in three segments: Construction and Do It Yourself, Security, and Industrial. The Construction segment manufactures the hand and power tools we are all used to seeing at Home Depot. The Security segment provides electronic security systems and services such as alarm monitoring and video surveillance. The Industrial segment provides engineering and engineering storage solutions to the automotive, manufacturing, aerospace and natural gas pipeline industries.
SWK is currently trading at $71.91 and offering a dividend of 2.70%. SWK has raised the dividend paid each year since 2000. In 2000 the dividend paid was $0.22 a quarter; it currently is $0.41 a quarter.
|Stanley Black & Decker Key Ratios|
|Return on Assets||4.46%|
|Operating Cash Flow||961.40M|
|Levered Free Cash Flow||1.10B|
Wal-Mart -Ex-Dividend 12/05/12
I am sure that Wal-Mart does not need an introduction from me so here is my very abbreviated one. The company through its many operating segments offers meat, produce, deli, bakery, dairy, frozen foods, beverages, floral and dry goods, beauty aids, baby products, household chemicals paper goods, electronics, toys, cell phones and plans, auto accessories, hardware, paint, sporting goods, pharmacy, optical goods, tobacco, grills, furniture, and I found out after my most recent trip through Michigan it is beginning to offer mani-pedis at its stores as well!
WMT was trading at 72.02 as of close Friday, with a dividend yield 2.20% annually. In 2000 SIAL was paying $0.06 a quarter in dividends; it is currently paying $0.3975.
|Wal-Mart Key Ratios|
|Return on Assets||8.61%|
|Operating Cash Flow||27.25B|
|Levered Free Cash Flow||14.37B|
Kimberly-Clark -Ex-Dividend 12/05/12
KMB manufactures healthcare related products worldwide. The company operates in four segments: Personal Care, Consumer Tissue, K-C Professional, and Health Care. All four segments really sell one thing, hygiene. This company makes the latex gloves and Chem-wipes used in the production of pharmaceuticals, baby wipes toilet paper (Kleenex, Scott, Cottonelle, K-C Professional are all brands marketed by this company). They also make medical supplies that stop the spread of infection and disease at hospitals.
As of Friday it was trading at $85.72 and is offering a dividend yield of 3.50%. In 2000, KO was paying a $0.27 dividend quarterly; today it is paying $0.74 a quarter.
|Kimberly Clark Key Ratios|
|Return on Assets||89.55%|
|Operating Cash Flow||2.69B|
|Levered Free Cash Flow||1.48B|
Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.