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Dividend stocks are wonderful because they increase my cash with regular payments. One major date in relation to the payment is the ex-dividend date. If you own a stock before this date, you get the next payment. This is very interesting, because in the case of a high yield stock, I can earn at least one percent in cash for a short period of investing.

I screened stocks with ex-dividend date within the upcoming week. 40 common and preferred shares have their ex-dividend date between January 16 and January 22. Exactly 9 of them have a yield of more than 5 percent. Many of them have a high yield because the market believes that the dividend is not sustainable. Especially in the case of low capitalized stocks, the possibility of a dividend cut is much higher as for stocks with a higher capitalization. Because of this, I decided to select only those stocks with a market capitalization above $300 million. These are the results, sorted by dividend yield:

1. CommonWealth REIT (CWH) has a market capitalization of $1.57 billion. The company generates revenues of $793.37 million and has a net income of $79.75 million. The firm’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $417.02 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 52.56 percent (operating margin 20.01 percent and the net profit margin finally 10.05 percent).

The total debt representing 48.66 percent of the company’s assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 102.37 percent. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 1.08 percent was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $-0.09. Last fiscal year, the company paid $1.96 in form of dividends to shareholders.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is is not calculable, Price/Sales 1.98 and Price/Book ratio 0.52. Dividend Yield: 10.64 percent. The beta ratio is 1.49. Ex-Dividend Date is on January 21, 2012.

2. Compass Diversified Holdings (CODI) has a market capitalization of $691.66 million. The company employs 436 people, generates revenues of $1,657.61 million and has a net income of $-44.77 million. The firm’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $21.08 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 1.27 percent (operating margin -1.27 percent and the net profit margin finally -2.70 percent).

The total debt representing 9.76 percent of the company’s assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 19.67 percent. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of -10.54 percent was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $0.13. Last fiscal year, the company paid $1.36 in form of dividends to shareholders.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 110.69, Price/Sales 0.42 and Price/Book ratio 1.37. Dividend Yield: 10.06 percent. The beta ratio is 1.03. Ex-Dividend Date is on January 19, 2012.

3. Pengrowth Energy (PGH) has a market capitalization of $3.39 billion. The company employs 582 people, generates revenues of $1,103.52 million and has a net income of $225.23 million. The firm’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $663.93 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 60.16 percent (operating margin 16.44 percent and the net profit margin finally 20.41 percent).

The total debt representing 20.75 percent of the company’s assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 32.83 percent. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 11.32 percent was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $0.28. Last fiscal year, the company paid $0.75 in form of dividends to shareholders.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 36.22, Price/Sales 3.35 and Price/Book ratio 1.08. Dividend Yield: 8.03 percent. The beta ratio is 1.38. Ex-Dividend Date is on January 19, 2012.

4. Dorchester Minerals L.P. (DMLP) has a market capitalization of $687.44 million. The company employs 27 people, generates revenues of $61.09 million and has a net income of $34.88 million. The firm’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $52.80 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 86.42 percent (operating margin 56.97 percent and the net profit margin finally 57.10 percent).

The total debt representing 0.00 percent of the company’s assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 0.00 percent. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 22.90 percent was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $1.18. Last fiscal year, the company paid $1.69 in form of dividends to shareholders.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 18.96, Price/Sales 11.25 and Price/Book ratio 4.65. Dividend Yield: 7.80 percent. The beta ratio is 0.38. Ex-Dividend Date is on January 19, 2012.

5. Main Street Capital Corp. (MAIN) has a market capitalization of $570.99 million. The company employs 18 people, generates revenues of $36.51 million and has a net income of $35.08 million. The firm’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $28.32 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 77.57 percent (operating margin 52.76 percent and the net profit margin finally 96.09 percent).

The total debt representing 43.34 percent of the company’s assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 79.24 percent. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 20.65 percent was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $2.52. Last fiscal year, the company paid $1.50 in form of dividends to shareholders.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 8.51, Price/Sales 15.64 and Price/Book ratio 1.64. Dividend Yield: 7.57 percent. The beta ratio is 0.69. Ex-Dividend Date is on January 18, 2012.

6. Targa Resources Partners (NGLS) has a market capitalization of $3.43 billion. The company employs 1,020 people, generates revenues of $5,460.20 million and has a net income of $134.00 million. The firm’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $393.60 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 7.21 percent (operating margin 3.98 percent and the net profit margin finally 2.45 percent).

The total debt representing 45.36 percent of the company’s assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 157.14 percent. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 8.70 percent was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $1.63. Last fiscal year, the company paid $2.10 in form of dividends to shareholders.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 24.35, Price/Sales 0.63 and Price/Book ratio 3.38. Dividend Yield: 6.08 percent. The beta ratio is 1.22. Ex-Dividend Date is on January 19, 2012.

7. LTC Properties (LTC) has a market capitalization of $960.28 million. The company employs 13 people, generates revenues of $74.30 million and has a net income of $45.52 million. The firm’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $64.19 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 86.39 percent (operating margin 61.26 percent and the net profit margin finally 61.26 percent).

The total debt representing 16.29 percent of the company’s assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 20.07 percent. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 9.78 percent was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $1.32. Last fiscal year, the company paid $1.58 in form of dividends to shareholders.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 23.96, Price/Sales 12.92 and Price/Book ratio 2.54. Dividend Yield: 5.50 percent. The beta ratio is 0.87. Ex-Dividend Date is on January 19, 2012.

Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.