This is the third installment in a multi-part series (I, II) that looks at different sectors that have traditionally been very friendly to dividend investors. Each of these sectors have attributes that make the companies in them potentially desirable to long-term buy-and-hold dividend growth investors. Understanding these attributes will hopefully help us to select the very best companies for our income portfolios. Last week we looked at the Financial Services Sector. This week we are looking at Industrial Materials.
Industrial Materials Attributes
The Industrial Materials Sector consists of companies that manufacture products or otherwise harvest a product, such as a mining company. The products are most often inputs or raw materials into another manufacturing process, such as steel producer. Many of these companies are often referred to as members of the “smokestack industry” and are classified as cyclical stocks – a stock that rises and falls in step with the economy.
Timing is important when buying an industrial stock. If you buy when business is booming you will likely pay too much, which means a very low yield. Most stocks in this sector are currently overpriced. The average yield on Industrial Sector stocks that I follow is only 1.7%. This includes only 3 stocks yielding in the 3% range., with all the others sub-3%. Several of these sub-3% companies were yielding in excess of 4% in 2008 when the world looked bleak for Industrial stocks.
Industrial Materials Companies
Below are several leading Industrial Materials companies that I follow. The companies selected have a dividend yield of 2.00%, or higher, and have raised their dividends for at least 15 years.
RPM International Inc. (RPM)
Yield: 3.5% | Growth:2.5 % | Years: 38
RPM International Inc. makes specialty coatings and products for the structural waterproofing and corrosion control markets, as well as products for the consumer, do-it-yourself, and hobby markets.
MDU Resources Group Inc. (MDU)
Yield: 3.0% | Growth: 1.9% | Years: 20
MDU Resources Group Inc. is involved in electric and natural gas distribution, natural gas storage, gathering and transmission, construction materials and mining, and oil and natural gas production.
Nucor Corporation (NUE)
Yield: 3.0% | Growth: 0.8% | Years: 37
Nucor Corporation is the largest minimill steelmaker in the U.S., Nucor has one of the most diverse product lines of any steelmaker in the Americas.
PPG Industries, Inc. (PPG)
Yield: 2.5% | Growth: 1.9% | Years: 37
PPG is a leading manufacturer of coatings and resins, flat and fiber glass, and industrial and specialty chemicals.
Illinois Tool Works Inc. (ITW)
Yield: 2.3% | Growth: 4.8% | Years: 47
Illinois Tool Works Inc. is a diversified manufacturer that operates a portfolio of about 840 industrial and consumer businesses throughout the world.
3M Company (MMM)
Yield: 2.3% | Growth: 2.5% | Years: 52
3M Co. provides enhanced product functionality in electronics, health care, industrial, consumer, office, telecommunications, safety & security and other markets via coatings, sealants, adhesives, and other chemical additives.
Harsco Corporation (HSC)
Yield: 2.3% | Growth: 1.9% | Years: 20
Harsco Corp. is a global industrial service provider and manufacturer has operations in steel mill services and access services, as well as construction.
Emerson Electric Co. (EMR)
Yield: 2.2% | Growth: 2.2% | Years: 55
Emerson Electric Co. designs and supplies product technology, and delivers engineering services and solutions to a wide range of industrial, commercial, and consumer markets around the world.
Air Products And Chemicals Inc. (APD)
Yield: 2.2% | Growth: 2.1% | Years: 29
Air Products and Chemicals Inc. is a major producer of industrial gases and electronics and specialty chemicals and also has interests in environmental and energy-related businesses.
General Dynamics (GD)
Yield: 2.1% | Growth: 10.1% | Years: 19
General Dynamics is the world’s fifth largest military contractor and also one of the world’s biggest makers of corporate jets.
United Technologies Corp. (UTX)
Yield: 2.0% | Growth: 10.4% | Years: 18
United Technologies Corp. portfolio includes Pratt & Whitney jet engines, Sikorsky helicopters, Otis elevators and Carrier air conditioners, among other products.
Pentair, Inc. (PNR)
Yield: 2.0% | Growth: 5.6% | Years: 34
Pentair Inc. makes and markets water and fluid control devices, and electrical and electronic enclosures.
The Industrial Materials Sector is the largest sector in my database of dividend stocks. Of the 198 stocks that I track, it currently is represented by 34 stocks (17%). As noted above, this is not a sector I am in a position to buy often, but when the time is right, I plan on taking full advantage of the opportunity. Two of my largest annualized returns (IRR) come from industrial stocks: 3M (MMM) at 46.5% and Emerson Electric Co. (EMR) at 49.7%. I wouldn’t buy them at their current valuation, but based on where they were when I purchased them, I am enjoying a healthy yield-on-cost.
Full Disclosure: Long NUE, ITW, MMM, EMR, GD, UTX. See a list of all my income holdings here.