Technology Analysts Find 28 Safe Dividend Dogs For December

by: Fredrik Arnold


Of 50 Technology Sector stocks, 28 pay out dividends backed by reported free cash flow yield greater than dividend yield. MNDO, by yield, topped those backed by cash for dividends.

Top 10 safe December Technology Sector yields from HPS-A.TO; CSPI; ET.TO; TACT; ASOZY; STX; TESS; ETCMY; DH.TO; MNDO ranged 4.23% to 9.81%. Cash flow yields ranged 5.75% to 10.42%.

Besides a safety margin, Technology Sector dogs also reported payout ratios (lower is better), total annual returns, and dividend growth, as of 11/25/16 to further define their backing.

Broker targets also revealed ten safe Technology Sector stocks claiming 8.99% more gains from $5k invested in the lowest priced five than from $5K invested in all ten.

The Dividend Dogs Rule

The "dog" moniker was earned by stocks exhibiting three traits: (1) paying reliable, repeating dividends, (2) their prices fell to where (3) yield (dividend/price) grew higher than their peers. Thus, the highest yielding stocks in any collection became known as "dogs." More specifically, these are, in fact, "underdogs".

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Twelve Technology Industries Featured Firms With More Cash Margin For Dividends

Twelve of nineteen industries composing the sector, included the 28 firms whose dividends were backed by cash cushions as of November 25: Information Technology (5); Software - infrastructure (2); Communication Equipment (6); Data Storage (2); Software- application (2); Computer Systems (3); Electronic Components (1); Computer Distribution (1); Scientific & Technical Instruments (1); Internet Content & Information (1); Consumer Electronics (1); Semiconductors (3).

28 Telecom Services Firms Backed By Cash Flow Margin to Cover Dividends

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Periodic Safety Check

Another article will discuss the attributes of these 50 Technology stocks from which these twenty-eight were sorted. You see below the list that passed the dividend "stress" test. These 28 Techno dogs report sufficient annual cash flow yield to cover their anticipated annual dividend yield. The margin of excess is shown in the bold face "Safety Margin" column.

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Financial guarantees however are easily over-ruled by a cranky board of directors or company policy canceling or varying the payout of dividends to shareholders. For example, MIND C.T.I. (NASDAQ:MNDO) on the list above has always issued a variable annual dividend. In another case, Eutelsat Communications (OTCPK:ETCMY) shows just two years of annual dividend payments, though the company was formed in 1977. Furthermore, Seagate Technology (NASDAQ:STX) started paying dividends in 2003 but cut nearly two years of quarterly dividends off after Q1 2009, not resuming a quarterly schedule again until Q1 2011.

Three additional columns of financial data listed after the Safety Margin figures reveal payout ratios (lower is better), total annual returns, and dividend growth levels for each stock. This data is provided to reach beyond yield to select reliable payout stocks.

Dog Metrics Revealed Bargains In "Safe" Dividend Technology Sector Stocks

Ten "Safest" top Tech firms that showed the biggest yields November 25 per YCharts data ranked themselves by yield as follows:

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Actionable Conclusions: (1) Analysts Predict 5 Lowest Priced of Ten "Safe" Dividend High Yield Technology Sector Dogs To Deliver 4.22% VS. (2) 3.87% Net Gains from All Ten by December, 2017

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$5000 invested as $1k in each of the five lowest priced stocks in the "safe" ten Technology Sector kennel by yield were determined by analyst 1 year targets to deliver 8.99% more net gain than $5,000 invested as $.5k in all ten. The very lowest priced safe dividend Technology Sector dog, MIND C.T.I. showed the best net gain of 8.42% per analyst targets.

Lowest priced five "safe" Technology dogs as of November 25 were: MIND C.T.I.; Eutelsat Communications; Hammond Power Solutions (HPS-A.TO); Transact Technologies (NASDAQ:TACT); CSP Inc. (NASDAQ:CSPI), with prices ranging from $2.59 to $10.33.

Higher priced five Safe Dividend Technology dogs as of November 25 were: Tessco Technologies (NASDAQ:TESS); Asseco Poland (OTCPK:ASOZY); Evertz Technologies (ET.TO); DH Corporation (DH.TO); Seagate Technology, with prices ranging from $11.75 to $39.07.

This distinction between five low priced dividend dogs and the general field of ten reflects the "basic method" Michael B. O'Higgins employed for beating the Dow. The added scale of projected gains based on analyst targets contributed a unique element of "market sentiment" gauging upside potential. It provided a here and now equivalent of waiting a year to find out what might happen in the market. Its also the work analysts got paid big bucks to do.

Caution is advised, however, as analysts are historically 20% to 80% accurate on the direction of change and about 0% to 20% accurate on the degree of the change.

The net gain estimates mentioned above did not factor-in any foreign or domestic tax problems resulting from distributions. Consult your tax advisor regarding the source and consequences of "dividends" from any investment.

See my instablog for specific instructions about how to best apply the dividend dog data featured in this article and this instablog to aid your safe investing. --Fredrik Arnold

Stocks listed above were suggested only as possible starting points for your safest Industrial dog dividend stock research process. These were not recommendations.

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Graphs and charts were compiled by Rydlun & Co., LLC from data derived from;; analyst mean target price by Thomson/First Call in Yahoo Finance. Dog photo from:

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