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Dividend Aristocrats are stocks from the S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats Index. The index is created by Standard & Poor’s, a subsidiary of McGraw-Hill Companies, and measures the performance of large cap, blue chip companies within the S&P 500 that have followed a policy of increasing dividends every year for at least 25 consecutive years. 51 stocks belong to the index.

Dividend Aristocrats normally have a lower volatility and offer a higher degree of safeness - an ideal source for safe heaven investors. I analyzed the index by cheap growth stocks. As criteria, I decided to select stocks with the highest expected earnings per share growth for the next 5 years (over 10 percent yearly). In addition, the current valuation should not be too high. That’s why the forward price to earnings ratio should be under 15. As a result, 14 Dividend Aristocrats remain. These are the results in detail sorted by dividend yield:

1. Emerson Electric (EMR) has a market capitalization of $36.62 billion. The company employs 133,200 people, generates revenues of $24,222.00 million and has a net income of $2,504.00 million. The firm’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $4,721.00 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 19.49 percent (operating margin 14.99 percent and the net profit margin finally 10.34 percent).

The total debt representing 21.80 percent of the company’s assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 50.01 percent. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 24.31 percent was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $3.26. Last fiscal year, the company paid $1.38 in form of dividends to shareholders. Earnings per share are expected to grow 13.03 percent for the next five years.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 15.30, forward P/E 12.48, Price/Sales 1.49 and Price/Book ratio 3.49. Dividend Yield: 3.26 percent. The beta ratio is 1.23.

2. AFLAC Incorporated (AFL) has a market capitalization of $21.09 billion. The company employs 7,919 people, generates revenues of $20,732.00 million and has a net income of $2,344.00 million. The firm’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization amounts to $6,989.00 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 33.71 percent (operating margin 17.29 percent and the net profit margin finally 11.31 percent).

The total debt representing 3.01 percent of the company’s assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 27.48 percent. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 24.07 percent was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $3.95. Last fiscal year, the company paid $1.14 in form of dividends to shareholders. Earnings per share are expected to grow 10.93 percent for the next five years.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 11.45, forward P/E 6.78, Price/Sales 0.99 and Price/Book ratio 1.86. Dividend Yield: 3.02 percent. The beta ratio is 1.84.

3. Illinois Tool Works (ITW) has a market capitalization of $24.50 billion. The company employs 60,000 people, generates revenues of $15,870.38 million and has a net income of $1,527.19 million. The firm’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization amounts to $2,903.95 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 18.30 percent (operating margin 14.85 percent and the net profit margin finally 9.62 percent).

The total debt representing 17.41 percent of the company’s assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 30.20 percent. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 16.80 percent was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $3.96. Last fiscal year, the company paid $1.30 in form of dividends to shareholders. Earnings per share are expected to grow 13.46 percent for the next five years.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 12.81, forward P/E 12.19, Price/Sales 1.55 and Price/Book ratio 2.71. Dividend Yield: 2.83 percent. The beta ratio is 1.16.

4. Walgreen Company (WAG) has a market capitalization of $29.48 billion. The company employs 176,000 people, generates revenues of $72,184.00 million and has a net income of $2,714.00 million. The firm’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization amounts to $5,393.00 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 7.47 percent (operating margin 6.05 percent and the net profit margin finally 3.76 percent).

The total debt representing 8.77 percent of the company’s assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 16.23 percent. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 18.56 percent was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $2.95. Last fiscal year, the company paid $0.75 in form of dividends to shareholders. Earnings per share are expected to grow 10.06 percent for the next five years.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 11.46, forward P/E 11.14, Price/Sales 0.40 and Price/Book ratio 1.99. Dividend Yield: 2.71 percent. The beta ratio is 0.97.

5. 3M Company (MMM) has a market capitalization of $59.62 billion. The company employs 80,000 people, generates revenues of $26,662.00 million and has a net income of $4,163.00 million. The firm’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization amounts to $7,038.00 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 26.40 percent (operating margin 22.20 percent and the net profit margin finally 15.61 percent).

The total debt representing 18.39 percent of the company’s assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 35.41 percent. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 28.74 percent was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $5.88. Last fiscal year, the company paid $2.10 in form of dividends to shareholders. Earnings per share are expected to grow 11.22 percent for the next five years.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 14.47, forward P/E 13.50, Price/Sales 2.21 and Price/Book ratio 3.83. Dividend Yield: 2.61 percent. The beta ratio is 0.87.

6. PPG Industries (PPG) has a market capitalization of $13.88 billion. The company employs 38,300 people, generates revenues of $13,423.00 million and has a net income of $880.00 million. The firm’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization amounts to $1,875.00 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 13.97 percent (operating margin 9.65 percent and the net profit margin finally 6.56 percent).

The total debt representing 27.19 percent of the company’s assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 111.90 percent. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 20.81 percent was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $6.75. Last fiscal year, the company paid $2.18 in form of dividends to shareholders. Earnings per share are expected to grow 10.89 percent for the next five years.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 13.31, forward P/E 12.54, Price/Sales 1.01 and Price/Book ratio 3.88. Dividend Yield: 2.59 percent. The beta ratio is 1.33.

7. Air Products & Chemicals (APD) has a market capitalization of $19.28 billion. The company employs 18,500 people, generates revenues of $10,082.00 million and has a net income of $1,252.60 million. The firm’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization amounts to $2,499.00 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 24.79 percent (operating margin 16.09 percent and the net profit margin finally 12.42 percent).

The total debt representing 32.18 percent of the company’s assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 79.35 percent. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 21.43 percent was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $5.59. Last fiscal year, the company paid $2.23 in form of dividends to shareholders. Earnings per share are expected to grow 12.23 percent for the next five years.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 16.39, forward P/E 13.43, Price/Sales 1.89 and Price/Book ratio 3.28. Dividend Yield: 2.57 percent. The beta ratio is 1.15.

8. Target Corporation (TGT) has a market capitalization of $33.49 billion. The company employs 355,000 people, generates revenues of $67,390.00 million and has a net income of $2,920.00 million. The firm’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization amounts to $7,336.00 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 10.89 percent (operating margin 6.67 percent and the net profit margin finally 4.33 percent).

The total debt representing 35.98 percent of the company’s assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 101.54 percent. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 18.94 percent was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $4.28. Last fiscal year, the company paid $0.92 in form of dividends to shareholders. Earnings per share are expected to grow 12.40 percent for the next five years.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 11.64, forward P/E 11.73, Price/Sales 0.50 and Price/Book ratio 2.27. Dividend Yield: 2.41 percent. The beta ratio is 0.88.

9. Stanley Black & Decker (SWK) has a market capitalization of $12.31 billion. The company employs 36,700 people, generates revenues of $8,409.60 million and has a net income of $198.20 million. The firm’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization amounts to $686.40 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 8.16 percent (operating margin 2.82 percent and the net profit margin finally 2.36 percent).

The total debt representing 22.69 percent of the company’s assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 48.96 percent. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 4.39 percent was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $3.79. Last fiscal year, the company paid $1.34 in form of dividends to shareholders. Earnings per share are expected to grow 16.05 percent for the next five years.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 19.23, forward P/E 12.29, Price/Sales 1.43 and Price/Book ratio 1.69. Dividend Yield: 2.30 percent. The beta ratio is 1.46.

10. The McGraw-Hill Companies (MHP) has a market capitalization of $13.51 billion. The company employs 20,755 people, generates revenues of $6,168.33 million and has a net income of $851.87 million. The firm’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization amounts to $1,817.47 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 29.46 percent (operating margin 23.04 percent and the net profit margin finally 13.81 percent).

The total debt representing 17.00 percent of the company’s assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 54.20 percent. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 40.82 percent was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $2.78. Last fiscal year, the company paid $0.94 in form of dividends to shareholders. Earnings per share are expected to grow 11.00 percent for the next five years.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 16.59, forward P/E 14.34, Price/Sales 2.16 and Price/Book ratio 6.32. Dividend Yield: 2.20 percent. The beta ratio is 1.07.

11. V.F. Corporation (VFC) has a market capitalization of $14.71 billion. The company employs 47,000 people, generates revenues of $7,702.59 million and has a net income of $573.51 million. The firm’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization amounts to $977.07 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 12.68 percent (operating margin 10.66 percent and the net profit margin finally 7.45 percent).

The total debt representing 15.10 percent of the company’s assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 25.26 percent. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 14.89 percent was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $6.18. Last fiscal year, the company paid $2.43 in form of dividends to shareholders. Earnings per share are expected to grow 12.53 percent for the next five years.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 21.57, forward P/E 14.04, Price/Sales 1.90 and Price/Book ratio 3.71. Dividend Yield: 2.17 percent. The beta ratio is 0.93.

12. Dover Corporation (DOV) has a market capitalization of $11.23 billion. The company employs 32,000 people, generates revenues of $7,132.65 million and has a net income of $707.91 million. The firm’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization amounts to $1,302.74 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 18.26 percent (operating margin 14.51 percent and the net profit margin finally 9.92 percent).

The total debt representing 21.11 percent of the company’s assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 39.94 percent. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 16.44 percent was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $4.44. Last fiscal year, the company paid $1.07 in form of dividends to shareholders. Earnings per share are expected to grow 13.63 percent for the next five years.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 13.66, forward P/E 12.49, Price/Sales 1.57 and Price/Book ratio 2.48. Dividend Yield: 2.09 percent. The beta ratio is 1.36.

13. Family Dollar Stores (FDO) has a market capitalization of $6.33 billion. The company employs 31,000 people, generates revenues of $8,547.84 million and has a net income of $388.44 million. The firm’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization amounts to $817.57 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 9.56 percent (operating margin 7.46 percent and the net profit margin finally 4.54 percent).

The total debt representing 18.31 percent of the company’s assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 50.46 percent. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 30.97 percent was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $3.23. Last fiscal year, the company paid $0.70 in form of dividends to shareholders. Earnings per share are expected to grow 14.91 percent for the next five years.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 16.66, forward P/E 12.89, Price/Sales 0.74 and Price/Book ratio 5.81. Dividend Yield: 1.34 percent. The beta ratio is 0.28.

14. C.R. Bard (BCR) has a market capitalization of $7.40Billion. The company employs 11,700 people, generates revenues of $2,720.20 million and has a net income of $509.60 million. The firm’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization amounts to $830.90 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 30.55 percent (operating margin 26.38 percent and the net profit margin finally 18.73 percent).

The total debt representing 30.82 percent of the company’s assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 59.91 percent. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 26.34 percent was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $3.86. Last fiscal year, the company paid $0.71 in form of dividends to shareholders. Earnings per share are expected to grow 10.58 percent for the next five years.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 22.34, forward P/E 13.03, Price/Sales 2.71 and Price/Book ratio 4.47. Dividend Yield: 0.89 percent. The beta ratio is 0.32.

Source: 14 Dividend Aristocrats With Highest Expected Growth And Attractive Valuation