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Carlisle Companies Inc. (CSL) appears to be a company poised for accelerated earnings and dividend growth. Even though this company offers a below-market current yield, it is a Dividend Champion with 25 years of raising its dividend. On the other hand, the accelerated expected earnings growth should lead to a rapidly increasing future growth yield that could reward shareholders that are more concerned with future income than current income.

This article looks at Carlisle Companies Inc., a Dividend Champion, through the lens of the F.A.S.T. Graphs Fundamentals Analyzer Software Tool. The reader will be provided the "essential fundamentals at a glance," and through graphs found here.

A Dividend Champion is defined as a company that has increased its dividend every year for 25 or more straight years. Carlisle Companies Inc. is a Dividend Champion that has raised its dividend every year for 35 consecutive years. The complete Dividend Champions list is compiled courtesy of David Fish. (Open as an excel spreadsheet and look at the tabs on the bottom to find the Dividend Champions list).

About Carlisle Companies Inc.: from the website

"Carlisle Companies Inc. is a global diversified company that designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of products that serve a broad range of niche markets including commercial roofing, energy, agriculture, lawn and garden, mining and construction equipment, aerospace and electronics, dining and food delivery, and healthcare. Through our group of decentralized operating companies led by entrepreneurial management teams we bring innovative product solutions to solve the challenges our customers face. Our employees worldwide, who generated $3.5 billion in net sales in 2011, are focused on continuously improving the value of the Carlisle brand by developing the best products, ensuring the highest quality and providing unequaled customer service in the many industries we serve."

Carlisle Companies Inc.: A Dividend Champion with 35 Consecutive Years of Dividend Increases

Learning from the Past - Looking at Earnings Only

Since dividends are paid out of earnings, a clear perspective of a company's historical earnings growth record is a vital component of a dividend investor's prudent due diligence process. The following graph plots Carlisle Companies Inc.'s earnings per share since 1998. A quick glance to the right of the graph shows that Carlisle Companies Inc. has increased earnings at a compounded rate of 7.8% (see purple circle on graph) per annum.

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Earnings Determine Market Price and Dividend Income: The following earnings and price correlated graphs clearly illustrates the importance of earnings to both price movement and dividend income. The earnings growth rate line or True Worth line (orange line with white triangles) is correlated with the historical stock price line. On graph after graph the lines will move in tandem. If the stock price strays away from the earnings line (over or under), inevitably it will come back to earnings.

Since dividends are paid out of earnings, and therefore represent additional return on top of what the market capitalizes earnings at, they are depicted by the light blue shaded area and stacked on top of the earnings line. Therefore, a quick visual of these two important components is simultaneously revealed:

1. The additional return that dividend paying stocks provide.

2. The percentage of earnings paid to shareholders as dividends (payout ratio).

The value in this article is through carefully analyzing the earnings and price correlated fundamentally based graphs. Notice that one glance tells you how well the company has performed on an operating basis historically and how the market valued that historical performance. Therefore, the reader is free to discover whether or not current valuations make sense based on historical norms coupled with fundamental values. Instead of opinion, this article is designed to produce facts that can be analyzed to the readers' investing benefit.

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Performance Table: Capital Appreciation and Dividend Income Carlisle Companies Inc.

The associated performance results, with the earnings and price correlated graph, validates the above discussion regarding the two components of total return: Capital appreciation and dividend income. Dividends are included in the total return calculation and are assumed paid, but not reinvested.

When presented separately like this, the additional rate of return a dividend paying stock produces for shareholders becomes undeniably evident. In addition to the 6.3% capital appreciation (Closing Annualized ROR), long-term shareholders of Carlisle Companies Inc. would have received an additional $32,231.42 in dividends that increased their total return from 6.3% to 7.2% per annum.

(Note: Since this is a Dividend Champion it has raised its dividend every year for at least 25 years, therefore, negative dividend growth rates shown, if any, will be attributed to special additional dividends paid in excess of the company's regularly reported dividend rate.)

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The following graph plots the historically normal PE ratio (the dark blue line) correlated with 10-year Treasury note interest. Notice that the current price earnings ratio on this quality company is as normal as it has been since 1998.

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A further indication of valuation can be seen by examining a company's current price to sales ratio relative to its historical price to sales ratio. The current price to sales ratio for Carlisle Companies Inc. is .97, which is historically normal.

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Looking to the Future

Extensive research has provided a preponderance of conclusive evidence that future long-term returns, and the dividend and its growth rate, are a function of two critical determinants:

1. The rate of change (growth rate) of the company's earnings

2. The price or valuation you pay to buy those earnings

Therefore, forecasting future earnings growth, bought at sound valuations, is the key to safe, sound and profitable performance.

It logically follows that measuring performance without simultaneously measuring valuation is a job half done. At its current price, which is attractively aligned with its True Worth valuation, Carlisle represents a potential opportunity to invest in a Dividend Champion at a reasonable price. The important factor is that Carlisle Companies has real assets and cash flow underpinning its stock price. This solid economic foundation offers shareholders the potential for both a strong margin of safety and an opportunity for an increasing dividend income stream and potentially attractive future returns.

The Estimated Earnings and Return Calculator Tool is a simple yet powerful resource that empowers the user to calculate and run various investing scenarios that generate precise rate of return potentialities. Thinking the investment through to its logical conclusion is an important component toward making sound and prudent commonsense investing decisions.

The consensus of five leading analysts reporting to Capital IQ forecast Carlisle's long-term earnings growth at 13.5%. Carlisle Companies Inc. has medium long-term debt at 29% of capital. Carlisle Companies Inc. is currently trading at a P/E of 16.1, which is inside the value corridor (defined by the five orange lines) of a maximum P/E of 18. If the earnings materialize as forecast, Carlisle Companies Inc.'s True Worth valuation would be $104.58 at the end of 2017, which would be a 14.5% annual rate of return from the current price, including assumed dividends.

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Earnings Yield Estimates

Discounted Future Cash Flows: All companies derive their value from the future cash flows (earnings) they are capable of generating for stakeholders over time. Therefore, because earnings determine market price and dividend income in the long run, we expect the future earnings of a company to justify the price we pay.

Since all investments potentially compete with all other investments, it is useful to compare investing in any prospective company to that of a comparable investment in low risk Treasury bonds. Comparing an investment in Carlisle Companies Inc. to an equal investment in 10-year Treasury bonds illustrates that Carlisle Companies Inc.'s expected earnings would be 6 times that of the 10-Year T-Bond Interest. (See EYE chart below). This is the essence of the importance of proper valuation as a critical investing component.

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This report presents essential "fundamentals at a glance" on Dividend Champion Carlisle Companies Inc., illustrating the past and present valuation based on earnings achievements as reported. Future forecasts for earnings growth are based on the consensus of leading analysts. Although with just a quick glance you can know a lot about the company, it's imperative that the reader conduct his or her own due diligence in order to validate whether the consensus estimates seem reasonable or not.

Summary and Conclusions

Carlisle Companies Inc. significantly decreased expenses during the last recession. Therefore, as the economy improves it appears that they are very well positioned to generate substantial earnings and dividend increases over at least the next three to five years. Therefore, prospective investors seeking above-average capital appreciation, coupled with a dividend that could grow at above market rates, might want to look deeper into Carlisle Companies Inc.

Disclaimer: The opinions in this document are for informational and educational purposes only and should not be construed as a recommendation to buy or sell the stocks mentioned or to solicit transactions or clients. Past performance of the companies discussed may not continue and the companies may not achieve the earnings growth as predicted. The information in this document is believed to be accurate, but under no circumstances should a person act upon the information contained within. We do not recommend that anyone act upon any investment information without first consulting an investment advisor as to the suitability of such investments for his specific situation.

Source: Carlisle Companies: Accelerated Earnings Potential And A Growing Dividend