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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
Enterprise Value15.12B
Profit Margin19.72%
Return on Assets14.12%
EBITDA875.90M
Operating Cash Flow539.60M
Levered Free Cash Flow410.26M

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
Enterprise Value15.68B
Profit Margin5.03%
Return on Assets4.46%
EBITDA1.64B
Operating Cash Flow961.40M
Levered Free Cash Flow1.10B

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
Enterprise Value291.09B
Profit Margin3.57%
Return on Assets8.61%
EBITDA35.99B
Operating Cash Flow27.25B
Levered Free Cash Flow14.37B

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
Enterprise Value39.16B
Profit Margin9.00%
Return on Assets89.55%
EBITDA3.94B
Operating Cash Flow2.69B
Levered Free Cash Flow1.48B

Source: 8 Dividend Aristocrats Go Ex-Dividend This Week, Part 1