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A lot of key ratios will be used in this article, and investors would do well to get handle on some of the more important key ratios listed below. A major portion of the historical data in this article was supplied by Zacks.com.

Long-term debt-to-equity ratio is the total long term debt divided by the total equity. The amount of long-term debt a company carries on its balances sheet is very important, as it indicates the amount of money a company owes that it doesn't expect to pay off in the next year. A balance sheet that illustrates that long term debt has been decreasing for a few years is a sign that the company is doing well. When debt levels fall and cash levels increase, the balance sheet is said to be improving, and vice versa. If a company has too much debt on its books, it could end up being overwhelmed with interest payments and risk having too little working capital, which could, in the worst-case scenario, lead to bankruptcy.

Free cash flow yield is obtained by dividing free cash flow per share by the current price of each share. Generally lower ratios are associated with an unattractive investment, and vice versa. Free cash flow takes into account capital expenditures and other ongoing costs associated with the day to day to functions of the business. In our view free cash flow yield is a better valuation metric then earnings yield because of the above factor.

Levered free cash flow is the amount of cash available to stock holders after interest payments on debt are made. A company with a small amount of debt will only have to spend a modest amount of money on interest payments, which in turn means that there is more money to send to shareholders in the form of dividends and vice versa.

Operating cash flow is generally a better metric than earnings per share because a company can show positive net earnings and still not be able to properly service its debt; the cash flow is what pays the bills.

The payout ratio tells us what portion of the profit is being returned to investors. A payout ratio over 100% indicates that the company is paying out more money to shareholders, then they are making; this situation cannot last forever. In general if the company has a high operating cash flow and access to capital markets, they can keep this going on for a while. As companies usually only pay the portion of the debt that is coming due and not the whole debt, this technique/trick can technically be employed to maintain the dividend for sometime. Individuals searching for other ideas might find this article to be of interest: 5 Super Utility Stocks With Stellar Records And Splendid yields.

Interest coverage is usually calculated by dividing the earnings before interest and taxes for a period of 1 year by the interest expenses for the same time period. This ratio informs you of a company's ability to make its interest payments on its outstanding debt. Lower interest coverage ratios indicate that there is a larger debt burden on the company and vice versa. For example, if a company has an interest ratio of 11.8, this means that it covers interest expenses 11.8 times with operating profits.

Asset turnover is calculated by dividing revenues by assets. It measures a firm's effectiveness at using its assets in generating revenue. Higher numbers are generally better, and vice versa. In general companies with low profit margins have higher asset turnover rates then companies with high profit margins.

ROE is obtained by dividing the net income by share holder's equity. It measures how much profit a company generates with the money shareholders have invested in it.

Price to tangible book is obtained by dividing share price by tangible book value per share. The ratio gives investors some idea of whether they are paying too much for what would be left over if the company were to declare bankruptcy immediately. In general stocks that trade at higher price to tangible book value could leave investors facing a great percentage per share loss than those that trade at lower ratios. The price to tangible book value is theoretically the lowest possible price the stock would trade to

Quick ratio or acid -test is obtained by adding cash and cash equivalents plus marketable securities and accounts receivable dividing them by current liabilities. It is a measure of a company's ability to use its quick assets (assets that can be sold of immediately at close to book value) to pay off its current liabilities immediately. A company with a quick ratio of less than 1 cannot pay back its current liabilities. Additional key metrics are addressed in this article: Toyota: The Sleeping Giant With Great Long-Term Prospects.

Our favourite play on the list is Lorillard, Inc. (NYSE:LO), and we like it for the following reasons:

  • A dividend yield of 4.8%
  • It has a strong free cash flow of $1.12 billion
  • Net income has been rising for the past 3 years
  • Sales have risen nicely over the past 3 years from $5.2 billion in 2009 to $6.4 billion in 2011
  • It has a 5 year dividend yield of 4.44%
  • A strong 5 year dividend growth of 29.76%
  • A decent payout ratio of 70%
  • A 5 year average payout ratio of 60%
  • A strong ROI of 92%
  • A current ratio of 1.73
  • A decent quick ratio of 1.54
  • A strong interest coverage ratio of 15.14
  • 100K invested for 10 years would have grown to 472K

Company: Vector Grp Ltd (NYSE:VGR)

Levered Free Cash Flow = 58.19M

Basic Key ratios

  • Percentage Held by Insiders = 20
  • Market Cap ($mil) = 1448
  • Number of Institutional Sellers 12 Weeks = N/A
  • 3 Month % Chg Short Interest = n/a

Growth

  • Net Income ($mil) 12/2011 = N/A
  • Net Income ($mil) 12/2010 = 54
  • Net Income ($mil) 12/2009 = 25
  • 12mo Net Incm this Q/ 12mo Net Incm 4Q's ago = 42.77
  • Q Net Incm this Q/ same qtr yr ago = 60.9
  • EBITDA ($mil) 12/2011 = N/A
  • EBITDA ($mil) 12/2010 = 180
  • EBITDA ($mil) 12/2009 = 107
  • Net Incm Rpt Qtr ($mil) = 18
  • Anl Net Incm this Yr/ Net Incm last Yr = 118.07
  • Cash Flow ($/sh) 12/2011 = N/A
  • Cash Flow ($/sh) 12/2010 = 0.88
  • Cash Flow ($/sh) 12/2009 = 0.8
  • Div 5yr Growth 12/2011 = 5.12

  • Sales ($mil) 12/2011 = N/A
  • Sales ($mil) 12/2010 = 1063
  • Sales ($mil) 12/2009 = 801

Dividend history

  • Div Yield = 8.78
  • Div Yld 5 Yr Avg 12/2011 = 9.44
  • Div Yld 5 Yr Avg 09/2011 = 9.45
  • Annual Dividend 12/2011 = 1.56
  • Annual Dividend 12/2010 = 1.49
  • Forward Yield = 8.78
  • Div 5yr Growth 12/2011 = 5.12
  • R-squared Div Growth 12/2011 = 0.97
  • R-squared Div Growth 09/2011 = 0.96

Dividend sustainability

  • Payout Ratio 09/2011 = 2.44
  • Payout Ratio 06/2011 = 2.39
  • Payout Ratio 5 Yr Avg 12/2011 = 2.04
  • Payout Ratio 5 Yr Avg 09/2011 = 2.02
  • Payout Ratio 5 Yr Avg 06/2011 = 2.01
  • Change in Payout Ratio = 0.41

Performance

  • % Ch Price 52 Wks Rel to S&P 500 = 9.76
  • Std Dev Target Price Est = N/A
  • Avg EPS Surprise Last 4 Qtr = N/A
  • EPS % Change F2/F1 = N/A
  • Next 3-5 Yr Est EPS Gr rate = N/A
  • Std Dev 3-5 Yr Est EPS Gr rate = N/A
  • EPS Gr Q(1)/Q(-3) = 106.67
  • 5 Yr Hist EPS Gr 12/2011 = N/A
  • 5 Yr Hist EPS Gr 09/2011 = -2.49
  • ROE 5 Yr Avg 12/2011 = 230.85
  • ROE 5 Yr Avg 09/2011 = 218.89
  • ROE 5 Yr Avg 06/2011 = 208.45
  • Return on Investment 12/2011 = N/A
  • Return on Investment 09/2011 = 9.85
  • Return on Investment 06/2011 = 9.33
  • Debt/Tot Cap 5 Yr Avg 12/2011 = 78.23
  • Debt/Tot Cap 5 Yr Avg 09/2011 = 76.05
  • Debt/Tot Cap 5 Yr Avg 06/2011 = 75.38
  • Current Ratio 12/2011 = N/A
  • Current Ratio 09/2011 = 1.82
  • Current Ratio 06/2011 = 1.84
  • Curr Ratio 5 Yr Avg = 2.23
  • Quick Ratio = 1.85
  • Cash Ratio = 1.84
  • Interest Coverage 12/2011 = N/A
  • Interest Coverage 09/2011 = 2.18
  • Interest Coverage 06/2011 = 2.95

Valuation

  • Book Value Qtr ($/sh) 12/2011 = N/A
  • Book Value Qtr ($/sh) 09/2011 = -0.84
  • Book Value Qtr ($/sh) 06/2011 = -0.64
  • Anl EPS before NRI 12/2007 = 0.72
  • Anl EPS before NRI 12/2008 = 0.73
  • Anl EPS before NRI 12/2009 = 0.65
  • Anl EPS before NRI 12/2010 = 0.73
  • Anl EPS before NRI 12/2011 = N/A
  • Price/ Book = N/A
  • Price/ Cash Flow = 20.65
  • Price/ Sales = 1.3
  • EV/EBITDA 12 Mo = 8.88
  • P/E/G F1 = N/A
  • Q1 Std Dev/ Consensus = N/A
  • R-squared EPS Growth 12/2011 = N/A
  • R-squared EPS Growth 09/2011 = 0.39
  • P/E F1/ LT EPS Gr = N/A
  • Std Dev Cons Current Qtr = N/A
  • Median Est Next Qtr = N/A
  • # Anlst in Cons Q3 = N/A

Company: Schweitzer-Maud (NYSE:SWM)

Levered Free Cash Flow = -275.00K

Basic Key ratios

  • Percentage Held by Insiders = 2.68
  • Market Cap ($mil) = 1132
  • Number of Institutional Sellers 12 Weeks = N/A
  • 3 Month % Chg Short Interest = n/a

Growth

  • Net Income ($mil) 12/2011 = 93
  • Net Income ($mil) 12/2010 = 65
  • Net Income ($mil) 12/2009 = 36
  • 12mo Net Incm this Q/ 12mo Net Incm 4Q's ago = 41.81
  • Q Net Incm this Q/ same qtr yr ago = 247.45
  • EBITDA ($mil) 12/2011 = 154
  • EBITDA ($mil) 12/2010 = 143
  • EBITDA ($mil) 12/2009 = 127
  • Net Incm Rpt Qtr ($mil) = 48
  • Anl Net Incm this Yr/ Net Incm last Yr = 41.81
  • Cash Flow ($/sh) 12/2011 = 9.01
  • Cash Flow ($/sh) 12/2010 = 6.29
  • Cash Flow ($/sh) 12/2009 = 6.1
  • Div 5yr Growth 12/2011 = 0

  • Sales ($mil) 12/2011 = 816
  • Sales ($mil) 12/2010 = 740
  • Sales ($mil) 12/2009 = 740

Dividend history

  • Div Yield = 0.86
  • Div Yld 5 Yr Avg 12/2011 = 1.9
  • Div Yld 5 Yr Avg 09/2011 = 1.98
  • Annual Dividend 12/2011 = 0.6
  • Annual Dividend 12/2010 = 0.6
  • Forward Yield = 0.86
  • Div 5yr Growth 12/2011 = 0
  • R-squared Div Growth 12/2011 = 0
  • R-squared Div Growth 09/2011 = 0
  • Dividend sustainability
  • Payout Ratio 09/2011 = 0.13
  • Payout Ratio 06/2011 = 0.14
  • Payout Ratio 5 Yr Avg 12/2011 = 0.38
  • Payout Ratio 5 Yr Avg 09/2011 = 0.41
  • Payout Ratio 5 Yr Avg 06/2011 = 0.44
  • Change in Payout Ratio = -0.29

Performance

  • % Ch Price 52 Wks Rel to S&P 500 = 22.86
  • Std Dev Target Price Est = 3.54
  • Avg EPS Surprise Last 4 Qtr = 13.01
  • EPS % Change F2/F1 = 7.29
  • Next 3-5 Yr Est EPS Gr rate = 15
  • Std Dev 3-5 Yr Est EPS Gr rate = N/A
  • EPS Gr Q(1)/Q(-3) = 1-148.60
  • 5 Yr Hist EPS Gr 12/2011 = 63.61
  • 5 Yr Hist EPS Gr 09/2011 = 61.31
  • ROE 5 Yr Avg 12/2011 = 11.35
  • ROE 5 Yr Avg 09/2011 = 10.44
  • ROE 5 Yr Avg 06/2011 = 9.88
  • Return on Investment 12/2011 = 17.29
  • Return on Investment 09/2011 = 13.52
  • Return on Investment 06/2011 = 13.25
  • Debt/Tot Cap 5 Yr Avg 12/2011 = 22.31
  • Debt/Tot Cap 5 Yr Avg 09/2011 = 22.37
  • Debt/Tot Cap 5 Yr Avg 06/2011 = 22.14
  • Current Ratio 12/2011 = 2.32
  • Current Ratio 09/2011 = 2.1
  • Current Ratio 06/2011 = 2.08
  • Curr Ratio 5 Yr Avg = 1.57
  • Quick Ratio = 1.51
  • Cash Ratio = 0.72
  • Interest Coverage 12/2011 = 60.5
  • Interest Coverage 09/2011 = 9.18
  • Interest Coverage 06/2011 = 45

Valuation

  • Book Value Qtr ($/sh) 12/2011 = 29.43
  • Book Value Qtr ($/sh) 09/2011 = 27.38
  • Book Value Qtr ($/sh) 06/2011 = 27.92
  • Anl EPS before NRI 12/2007 = 1.2
  • Anl EPS before NRI 12/2008 = 0.71
  • Anl EPS before NRI 12/2009 = 4.25
  • Anl EPS before NRI 12/2010 = 4.38
  • Anl EPS before NRI 12/2011 = 6.39
  • Price/ Book = 2.38
  • Price/ Cash Flow = 7.78
  • Price/ Sales = 1.39
  • EV/EBITDA 12 Mo = 7.76
  • P/E/G F1 = 0.64
  • Q1 Std Dev/ Consensus = 0.01
  • R-squared EPS Growth 12/2011 = 0.8
  • R-squared EPS Growth 09/2011 = 0.79
  • P/E F1/ LT EPS Gr = 0.64
  • Std Dev Cons Current Qtr = 0.03
  • Median Est Next Qtr = 1.81
  • # Anlst in Cons Q3 = 3

Company: Univl Corp -Va (NYSE:UVV)

Levered Free Cash Flow = 134.52M

Basic Key ratios

  • Percentage Held by Insiders = 3.2
  • Market Cap ($mil) = 1104
  • Number of Institutional Sellers 12 Weeks = 1
  • 3 Month % Chg Short Interest = n/a

Growth

  • Net Income ($mil) 12/2011 = 157
  • Net Income ($mil) 12/2010 = 168
  • Net Income ($mil) 12/2009 = 132
  • 12mo Net Incm this Q/ 12mo Net Incm 4Q's ago = -40.07
  • Q Net Incm this Q/ same qtr yr ago = 11.77

  • EBITDA ($mil) 12/2011 = 311
  • EBITDA ($mil) 12/2010 = 324
  • EBITDA ($mil) 12/2009 = 275
  • Net Incm Rpt Qtr ($mil) = 58
  • Anl Net Incm this Yr/ Net Incm last Yr = -7.03
  • Cash Flow ($/sh) 12/2011 = 8.48
  • Cash Flow ($/sh) 12/2010 = 8.65
  • Cash Flow ($/sh) 12/2009 = 6.95
  • Div 5yr Growth 12/2011 = 2.12
  • Sales ($mil) 12/2011 = 2572
  • Sales ($mil) 12/2010 = 2492
  • Sales ($mil) 12/2009 = 2555

Dividend history

  • Div Yield = 4.13
  • Div Yld 5 Yr Avg 12/2011 = 4.27
  • Div Yld 5 Yr Avg 09/2011 = 4.26
  • Annual Dividend 12/2011 = 1.89
  • Annual Dividend 12/2010 = 1.85
  • Forward Yield = 4.13
  • Div 5yr Growth 12/2011 = 2.12
  • R-squared Div Growth 12/2011 = 0.96
  • R-squared Div Growth 09/2011 = 0.96
  • Dividend sustainability
  • Payout Ratio 09/2011 = 0.4
  • Payout Ratio 06/2011 = 0.37
  • Payout Ratio 5 Yr Avg 12/2011 = 0.4
  • Payout Ratio 5 Yr Avg 09/2011 = 0.41
  • Payout Ratio 5 Yr Avg 06/2011 = 0.45
  • Change in Payout Ratio = 0.01

Performance

  • % Ch Price 52 Wks Rel to S&P 500 = 11.38
  • Std Dev Target Price Est = 0
  • Avg EPS Surprise Last 4 Qtr = N/A
  • EPS % Change F2/F1 = 4.55
  • Next 3-5 Yr Est EPS Gr rate = N/A
  • Std Dev 3-5 Yr Est EPS Gr rate = N/A
  • EPS Gr Q(1)/Q(-3) = 100.55
  • 5 Yr Hist EPS Gr 12/2011 = 7.24
  • 5 Yr Hist EPS Gr 09/2011 = 11.22
  • ROE 5 Yr Avg 12/2011 = 16.03
  • ROE 5 Yr Avg 09/2011 = 15.8
  • ROE 5 Yr Avg 06/2011 = 15.39
  • Return on Investment 12/2011 = 8.72
  • Return on Investment 09/2011 = 8.91
  • Return on Investment 06/2011 = 9.87
  • Debt/Tot Cap 5 Yr Avg 12/2011 = 24.67
  • Debt/Tot Cap 5 Yr Avg 09/2011 = 25.26
  • Debt/Tot Cap 5 Yr Avg 06/2011 = 26.43
  • Current Ratio 12/2011 = 3.99
  • Current Ratio 09/2011 = 2.99
  • Current Ratio 06/2011 = 2.66
  • Curr Ratio 5 Yr Avg = 2.75
  • Quick Ratio = 1.54
  • Cash Ratio = 0.83
  • Interest Coverage 12/2011 = 15.34
  • Interest Coverage 09/2011 = 1.81
  • Interest Coverage 06/2011 = 5.85

Valuation

  • Book Value Qtr ($/sh) 12/2011 = 42.83
  • Book Value Qtr ($/sh) 09/2011 = 41.12
  • Book Value Qtr ($/sh) 06/2011 = 42.69
  • Anl EPS before NRI 12/2007 = 3.45
  • Anl EPS before NRI 12/2008 = 4.02
  • Anl EPS before NRI 12/2009 = 4.32
  • Anl EPS before NRI 12/2010 = 5.68
  • Anl EPS before NRI 12/2011 = 5.3
  • Price/ Book = 1.11
  • Price/ Cash Flow = 5.6
  • Price/ Sales = 0.45
  • EV/EBITDA 12 Mo = 5.01
  • P/E/G F1 = N/A
  • Q1 Std Dev/ Consensus = N/A
  • R-squared EPS Growth 12/2011 = 0.56
  • R-squared EPS Growth 09/2011 = 0.6
  • P/E F1/ LT EPS Gr = N/A
  • Std Dev Cons Current Qtr = N/A
  • Median Est Next Qtr = N/A
  • # Anlst in Cons Q3 = N/A

Company: Lorillard Co

Free Cash Flow = $1.12 billion

Basic Key ratios

  • Percentage Held by Insiders = 0.33
  • Market Cap ($mil) = 17424
  • Number of Institutional Sellers 12 Weeks = N/A
  • 3 Month % Chg Short Interest = n/a

Growth

  • Net Income ($mil) 12/2011 = 1116
  • Net Income ($mil) 12/2010 = 1029
  • Net Income ($mil) 12/2009 = 948
  • 12mo Net Incm this Q/ 12mo Net Incm 4Q's ago = 8.56
  • Q Net Incm this Q/ same qtr yr ago = 19.69
  • EBITDA ($mil) 12/2011 = N/A
  • EBITDA ($mil) 12/2010 = 1764
  • EBITDA ($mil) 12/2009 = 1578
  • Net Incm Rpt Qtr ($mil) = 310
  • Anl Net Incm this Yr/ Net Incm last Yr = 8.46
  • Cash Flow ($/sh) 12/2011 = N/A
  • Cash Flow ($/sh) 12/2010 = 7.11
  • Cash Flow ($/sh) 12/2009 = 6.1
  • Div 5yr Growth 12/2011 = 29.76
  • Sales ($mil) 12/2011 = 6466
  • Sales ($mil) 12/2010 = 5932
  • Sales ($mil) 12/2009 = 5233

Dividend history

  • Div Yield = 4.03
  • Div Yld 5 Yr Avg 12/2011 = 4.44
  • Div Yld 5 Yr Avg 09/2011 = 4.36
  • Annual Dividend 12/2011 = 5.2
  • Annual Dividend 12/2010 = 4.25
  • Forward Yield = 4.8
  • Div 5yr Growth 12/2011 = 29.76
  • R-squared Div Growth 12/2011 = 0.85
  • R-squared Div Growth 09/2011 = 0.86

Dividend sustainability

  • Payout Ratio 09/2011 = 0.7
  • Payout Ratio 06/2011 = 0.71
  • Payout Ratio 5 Yr Avg 12/2011 = 0.6
  • Payout Ratio 5 Yr Avg 09/2011 = 0.59
  • Payout Ratio 5 Yr Avg 06/2011 = 0.57
  • Change in Payout Ratio = 0.06

Performance

  • % Ch Price 52 Wks Rel to S&P 500 = 57.52
  • Std Dev Target Price Est = 12.05
  • Avg EPS Surprise Last 4 Qtr = 4.44
  • EPS % Change F2/F1 = 10.71
  • Next 3-5 Yr Est EPS Gr rate = 7
  • Std Dev 3-5 Yr Est EPS Gr rate = N/A
  • EPS Gr Q(1)/Q(-3) = -126.44
  • 5 Yr Hist EPS Gr 12/2011 = 12.03
  • 5 Yr Hist EPS Gr 09/2011 = 11.52
  • ROE 5 Yr Avg 12/2011 = N/A
  • ROE 5 Yr Avg 09/2011 = N/A
  • ROE 5 Yr Avg 06/2011 = N/A
  • Return on Investment 12/2011 = 92.58
  • Return on Investment 09/2011 = 81.63
  • Return on Investment 06/2011 = 76.83
  • Debt/Tot Cap 5 Yr Avg 12/2011 = N/A
  • Debt/Tot Cap 5 Yr Avg 09/2011 = N/A
  • Debt/Tot Cap 5 Yr Avg 06/2011 = N/A
  • Current Ratio 12/2011 = 1.73
  • Current Ratio 09/2011 = 1.93
  • Current Ratio 06/2011 = 1.75
  • Curr Ratio 5 Yr Avg = 1.85
  • Quick Ratio = 1.54
  • Cash Ratio = 1.48
  • Interest Coverage 12/2011 = 15.14
  • Interest Coverage 09/2011 = 13.38
  • Interest Coverage 06/2011 = 17.43

Valuation

  • Book Value Qtr ($/sh) 12/2011 = -11.21
  • Book Value Qtr ($/sh) 09/2011 = -8.48
  • Book Value Qtr ($/sh) 06/2011 = -5.78
  • Anl EPS before NRI 12/2007 = 4.91
  • Anl EPS before NRI 12/2008 = 5.15
  • Anl EPS before NRI 12/2009 = 5.76
  • Anl EPS before NRI 12/2010 = 6.78
  • Anl EPS before NRI 12/2011 = 7.88
  • Price/ Book = N/A
  • Price/ Cash Flow = 18.15
  • Price/ Sales = 2.69
  • EV/EBITDA 12 Mo = 10.42
  • P/E/G F1 = 2.07
  • Q1 Std Dev/ Consensus = 0.03
  • R-squared EPS Growth 12/2011 = 0.94
  • R-squared EPS Growth 09/2011 = 0.94
  • P/E F1/ LT EPS Gr = 2.07
  • Std Dev Cons Current Qtr = 0.07
  • Median Est Next Qtr = 2.32
  • # Anlst in Cons Q3 = 7

Company: Reynolds Amer (NYSE:RAI)

Levered Free Cash Flow = $1.59B

Basic Key ratios

  • Percentage Held by Insiders = 0.1
  • Market Cap ($mil) = 23701
  • Number of Institutional Sellers 12 Weeks = 2
  • 3 Month % Chg Short Interest = n/a

Growth

  • Net Income ($mil) 12/2011 = 1406
  • Net Income ($mil) 12/2010 = 1121
  • Net Income ($mil) 12/2009 = 955
  • 12mo Net Incm this Q/ 12mo Net Incm 4Q's ago = 19.32
  • Q Net Incm this Q/ same qtr yr ago = -1.62

  • EBITDA ($mil) 12/2011 = 2545
  • EBITDA ($mil) 12/2010 = 2614
  • EBITDA ($mil) 12/2009 = 1917
  • Net Incm Rpt Qtr ($mil) = 304
  • Anl Net Incm this Yr/ Net Incm last Yr = 25.42
  • Cash Flow ($/sh) 12/2011 = 3.06
  • Cash Flow ($/sh) 12/2010 = 2.8
  • Cash Flow ($/sh) 12/2009 = 2.57
  • Div 5yr Growth 12/2011 = 7.04
  • Sales ($mil) 12/2011 = 8541
  • Sales ($mil) 12/2010 = 8551
  • Sales ($mil) 12/2009 = 8419

Dividend history

  • Div Yield = 5.51
  • Div Yld 5 Yr Avg 12/2011 = 6.35
  • Div Yld 5 Yr Avg 09/2011 = 6.32
  • Annual Dividend 12/2011 = 2.15
  • Annual Dividend 12/2010 = 1.84
  • Forward Yield = 5.51
  • Div 5yr Growth 12/2011 = 7.04
  • R-squared Div Growth 12/2011 = 0.83
  • R-squared Div Growth 09/2011 = 0.83

Dividend sustainability

  • Payout Ratio 09/2011 = 0.83
  • Payout Ratio 06/2011 = 0.84
  • Payout Ratio 5 Yr Avg 12/2011 = 0.76
  • Payout Ratio 5 Yr Avg 09/2011 = 0.75
  • Payout Ratio 5 Yr Avg 06/2011 = 0.75
  • Change in Payout Ratio = 0.08

Performance

  • % Ch Price 52 Wks Rel to S&P 500 = 14.04
  • Std Dev Target Price Est = 5.66
  • Avg EPS Surprise Last 4 Qtr = -1.01
  • EPS % Change F2/F1 = 8.94
  • Next 3-5 Yr Est EPS Gr rate = 6
  • Std Dev 3-5 Yr Est EPS Gr rate = N/A
  • EPS Gr Q(1)/Q(-3) = -120
  • 5 Yr Hist EPS Gr 12/2011 = 4.23
  • 5 Yr Hist EPS Gr 09/2011 = 4.26
  • ROE 5 Yr Avg 12/2011 = 20.49
  • ROE 5 Yr Avg 09/2011 = 20.17
  • ROE 5 Yr Avg 06/2011 = 19.93
  • Return on Investment 12/2011 = 15.88
  • Return on Investment 09/2011 = 14.88
  • Return on Investment 06/2011 = 14.59
  • Debt/Tot Cap 5 Yr Avg 12/2011 = 37.4
  • Debt/Tot Cap 5 Yr Avg 09/2011 = 37.62
  • Debt/Tot Cap 5 Yr Avg 06/2011 = 37.93
  • Current Ratio 12/2011 = 1.01
  • Current Ratio 09/2011 = 1.09
  • Current Ratio 06/2011 = 1.05
  • Curr Ratio 5 Yr Avg = 1.2
  • Quick Ratio = 0.78
  • Cash Ratio = 0.73
  • Interest Coverage 12/2011 = 11.55
  • Interest Coverage 09/2011 = 11.56
  • Interest Coverage 06/2011 = 9.89

Valuation

  • Book Value Qtr ($/sh) 12/2011 = 10.72
  • Book Value Qtr ($/sh) 09/2011 = 11.52
  • Book Value Qtr ($/sh) 06/2011 = 11.41
  • Anl EPS before NRI 12/2007 = 2.29
  • Anl EPS before NRI 12/2008 = 2.4
  • Anl EPS before NRI 12/2009 = 2.32
  • Anl EPS before NRI 12/2010 = 2.49
  • Anl EPS before NRI 12/2011 = 2.81
  • Price/ Book = 3.79
  • Price/ Cash Flow = 13.28
  • Price/ Sales = 2.78
  • EV/EBITDA 12 Mo = 9.8
  • P/E/G F1 = 2.28
  • Q1 Std Dev/ Consensus = 0.02
  • R-squared EPS Growth 12/2011 = 0.84
  • R-squared EPS Growth 09/2011 = 0.84
  • P/E F1/ LT EPS Gr = 2.28
  • Std Dev Cons Current Qtr = 0.01
  • Median Est Next Qtr = 0.78
  • # Anlst in Cons Q3 = 6

EPS and book value per share charts were obtained from zacks.com. Dividend history charts were sourced from dividata.com.

Disclaimer: This list of stocks is meant to serve as a starting point. Please do not treat this as a buying list. It is imperative that you do your due diligence and then determine if any of the above plays meet with your risk tolerance levels. The Latin maxim caveat emptor applies-let the buyer beware.

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