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In difficult economic times, it makes sense to scout for investment opportunities with robust business models and sustainable dividends. Despite the uncertainty, many companies have a good ongoing business operations, and they are still confident about the economic future. That's the reason why they have raised dividends. Last week, 38 companies raised distributions, of which 18 have had a double digit dividend growth. However, I screened the recent dividend growth stocks by real bargains, measured by a P/E ratio of less than 15. These are the detailed results:

1. TAL Intl. Group (TAL) has a market capitalization of $1.24 billion. The company employs 172 people, generates revenues of $516.69 million and has a net income of $109.72 million. The firm's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $456.28 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 88.31% (operating margin 58.78% and the net profit margin finally 21.24%).

The total debt representing 69.92% of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 397.22%. Last fiscal, a return on equity of 22.14% was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $3.36. Last fiscal year, the company paid $1.99 in form of dividends to shareholders. The company recently announced to raise distributions by 5.80%.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 11.08, Price/Sales 2.41 and Price/Book ratio 2.21. Dividend Yield: 5.91 percent. The beta ratio is 1.78.

2. Brookfield Infrastructure (BIP) has a market capitalization of $3.34 billion. The company generates revenues of $634.00 million and has a net income of $510.00 million. The firm's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $170.00 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 26.81% (operating margin 78.08% and the net profit margin finally 80.44%).

The total debt representing 34.90% of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 135.36%. Last fiscal, a return on equity of 17.70% was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $2.84. Last fiscal year, the company paid $1.10 in form of dividends to shareholders. The company recently announced to raise distributions by 7.10%.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 10.42, Price/Sales 6.18 and Price/Book ratio 1.38. Dividend Yield: 5.07 percent. The beta ratio is 0.73.

3. PPL Corporation (PPL) has a market capitalization of $16.46 billion. The company employs 13,809 people, generates revenues of $12,737.00 million and has a net income of $1,457.00 million. The firm's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $4,234.00 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 33.24% (operating margin 23.71% and the net profit margin finally 11.44%).

The total debt representing 43.54% of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 172.35%. Last fiscal, a return on equity of 15.17% was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $2.62. Last fiscal year, the company paid $1.44 in form of dividends to shareholders. The company recently announced to raise distributions by 2.90%.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 10.85, Price/Sales 1.29 and Price/Book ratio 1.53. Dividend Yield: 5.06 percent. The beta ratio is 0.42.

4. NextEra Energy (NEE) has a market capitalization of $25.45 billion. The company employs 15,000 people, generates revenues of $15,341.00 million and has a net income of $1,923.00 million. The firm's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $4,909.00 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 32.00% (operating margin 21.78% and the net profit margin finally 12.54%).

The total debt representing 40.28% of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 153.70%. Last fiscal, a return on equity of 13.08% was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $4.59. Last fiscal year, the company paid $2.20 in form of dividends to shareholders. The company recently announced to raise distributions by 9.10%.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 13.12, Price/Sales 1.66 and Price/Book ratio 1.70. Dividend Yield: 3.99 percent. The beta ratio is 0.56.

5. Koppers Holdings (KOP) has a market capitalization of $790.95 million. The company employs 1,729 people, generates revenues of $1,538.90 million and has a net income of $37.60 million. The firm's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $127.80 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 8.30% (operating margin 5.13% and the net profit margin finally 2.44%).

The total debt representing 41.34% of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 318.67%. Last fiscal, a return on equity of 40.22% was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $1.77. Last fiscal year, the company paid $0.88 in form of dividends to shareholders. The company recently announced to raise distributions by 9.10%.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 21.63, Price/Sales 0.51 and Price/Book ratio 8.34. Dividend Yield: 2.50 percent. The beta ratio is 2.13.

6. Kinross Gold (KGC) has a market capitalization of $12.46 billion. The company employs 7,500 people, generates revenues of $3,943.30 million and has a net income of $-2,013.00 million. The firm's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $-954.30 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is -24.20% (operating margin -39.12% and the net profit margin finally -51.05%).

The total debt representing 9.89% of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 13.18%. Last fiscal, a return on equity of -15.40% was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $-1.83. Last fiscal year, the company paid $0.11 in form of dividends to shareholders. The company recently announced to raise distributions by 33.30% via special dividend.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 13.52, Price/Sales 3.15 and Price/Book ratio 1.01. Dividend Yield: 1.46 percent. The beta ratio is 0.42.

7. Albemarle Corporation (ALB) has a market capitalization of $5.88 billion. The company employs 4,020 people, generates revenues of $2,869.00 million and has a net income of $420.61 million. The firm's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $684.59 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 23.86% (operating margin 20.49% and the net profit margin finally 14.66%).

The total debt representing 23.84% of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 47.99%. Last fiscal, a return on equity of 29.01% was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $4.77. Last fiscal year, the company paid $0.66 in form of dividends to shareholders. The company recently announced to raise distributions by 14.30%.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 13.91, Price/Sales 2.05 and Price/Book ratio 3.70. Dividend Yield: 1.21 percent. The beta ratio is 1.68.

8. Reliance Steel & Aluminum (RS) has a market capitalization of $4.19 billion. The company employs 9,610 people, generates revenues of $6,312.80 million and has a net income of $197.85 million. The firm's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $481.32 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 7.62% (operating margin 5.71% and the net profit margin finally 3.13%).

The total debt representing 20.16% of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 33.34%. Last fiscal, a return on equity of 7.16% was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $4.20. Last fiscal year, the company paid $0.40 in form of dividends to shareholders. The company recently announced to raise distributions by 25.00%.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 13.29, Price/Sales 0.66 and Price/Book ratio 1.48. Dividend Yield: 1.07 percent. The beta ratio is 1.52.

Source: The 8 Cheapest Stocks With Recent Dividend Growth Annoucements