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One important consideration for stocks is the corporate governance policies of the company, such as its board composition and shareholder rights, which have important implications to the company’s performance.

RiskMetrics Group gives ratings for four areas of corporate governance, on risks related to: the board, the audit committee, the compensation committee, and shareholder rights.

We ran a screen on low-debt stocks paying dividend yields above 2% and sustainable payout ratios below 35%. We screened this universe for stocks that received “low risk” ratings on all four corporate governance areas from RiskMetrics.

Interactive Chart: Press Play to compare changes in analyst ratings over the last two years for the top six stocks mentioned below. Analyst ratings sourced from Zacks Investment Research.

We also created a price-weighted index of the stocks mentioned below, and monitored the performance of the list relative to the S&P 500 index over the last month. To access a complete analysis of this list's recent performance, click here.

Do you think these stocks will maintain their dividend yields? Use this list as a starting-off point for your own analysis.

List sorted by dividend yield.

1. Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC): Semiconductor Industry. Market cap of $110.55B. Dividend yield at 3.49%, payout ratio at 32.52%. MRQ total debt to assets at 0.03. According to RiskMetrics, the company has "low risk" in all four corporate governance categories. It's been a rough couple of days for the stock, losing 6.63% over the last week.

2. Gap Inc. (NYSE:GPS): Apparel Stores Industry. Market cap of $9.35B. Dividend yield at 2.66%, payout ratio at 27.47%. MRQ total debt to assets at 0.16. According to RiskMetrics, the company has "low risk" in all four corporate governance categories. Might be undervalued at current levels, with a PEG ratio at 0.91, and P/FCF ratio at 11.43. The stock is currently stuck in a downtrend, trading 12.47% below its SMA20, 9.68% below its SMA50, and 18.59% below its SMA200. It's been a rough couple of days for the stock, losing 13.01% over the last week.

3. United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX): Conglomerates Industry. Market cap of $67.58B. Dividend yield at 2.59%, payout ratio at 31.34%. MRQ total debt to assets at 0.18. According to RiskMetrics, the company has "low risk" in all four corporate governance categories. The stock is currently stuck in a downtrend, trading 12.85% below its SMA20, 12.94% below its SMA50, and 9.03% below its SMA200. It's been a rough couple of days for the stock, losing 10.31% over the last week.

4. Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM): Major Integrated Oil & Gas Industry. Market cap of $363.74B. Dividend yield at 2.55%, payout ratio at 21.61%. MRQ total debt to assets at 0.01. According to RiskMetrics, the company has "low risk" in all four corporate governance categories. The stock is currently stuck in a downtrend, trading 9.11% below its SMA20, 8.24% below its SMA50, and 5.31% below its SMA200. It's been a rough couple of days for the stock, losing 9.35% over the last week.

5. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT): Application Software Industry. Market cap of $218.75B. Dividend yield at 2.47%, payout ratio at 22.81%. MRQ total debt to assets at 0.11. According to RiskMetrics, the company has "low risk" in all four corporate governance categories. Might be undervalued at current levels, with a PEG ratio at 0.92, and P/FCF ratio at 11.24. It's been a rough couple of days for the stock, losing 6.42% over the last week.

6. Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE:MRO): Oil & Gas Refining & Marketing Industry. Market cap of $17.87B. Dividend yield at 2.40%, payout ratio at 17.87%. MRQ total debt to assets at 0.16. According to RiskMetrics, the company has "low risk" in all four corporate governance categories. Might be undervalued at current levels, with a PEG ratio at 0.68, and P/FCF ratio at 7.36. It's been a rough couple of days for the stock, losing 19.27% over the last week.

7. Omnicom Group Inc. (NYSE:OMC): Advertising Agencies Industry. Market cap of $12.05B. Dividend yield at 2.32%, payout ratio at 25.67%. MRQ total debt to assets at 0.17. According to RiskMetrics, the company has "low risk" in all four corporate governance categories. The stock is currently stuck in a downtrend, trading 9.18% below its SMA20, 8.13% below its SMA50, and 8.14% below its SMA200. It's been a rough couple of days for the stock, losing 9.2% over the last week.

8. The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (NYSE:BK): Asset Management Industry. Market cap of $29.45B. Dividend yield at 2.20%, payout ratio at 22.04%. MRQ total debt to assets at 0.09. According to RiskMetrics, the company has "low risk" in all four corporate governance categories. The stock is currently stuck in a downtrend, trading 7.56% below its SMA20, 10.06% below its SMA50, and 17.86% below its SMA200. It's been a rough couple of days for the stock, losing 5.98% over the last week.

9. Fifth Third Bancorp (NASDAQ:FITB): Regional Banks Industry. Market cap of $10.44B. Dividend yield at 2.12%, payout ratio at 16.77%. MRQ total debt to assets at 0.12. According to RiskMetrics, the company has "low risk" in all four corporate governance categories. This is a risky stock that is significantly more volatile than the overall market (beta = 2.22). It's been a rough couple of days for the stock, losing 10.34% over the last week.

*RiskMetrics ratings sourced from Yahoo Finance, dividend data and total debt to assets data sourced from Screener.co, all other data sourced from Finviz.

Source: 9 Low-Debt Dividend Stocks With Good Corporate Governance