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Dividend investors are looking for stocks with great dividend payments. One criterion is the history of consecutive rising dividends. Additional criteria are fundamentals like margins, debt ratios or even growth rates. I like to discover those dividend stocks with the highest fire power in terms of dividend payments when earnings are getting weak. First, the stock should have a consecutive dividend growth of at least 25 years (Dividend Champions). Second, the payout ratio should below 30% and the debt to equity ratio under 0.3. Twelve stocks fulfilled these criteria. These are the detailed results:

1. Chevron Corporation (NYSE:CVX) has a market capitalization of $195.29 billion. The company generates revenues of $253,706.00 million and has a net income of $27,008.00 million. The firm's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $60,545.00 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 23.86% (operating margin 18.78% and the net profit margin finally 10.65%).

The total debt representing 4.85% of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 8.36%. Last fiscal year, a return on equity of 23.75% was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $13.61. Last fiscal year, the company paid $3.09 in form of dividends to shareholders. The company raised dividends for 25 consecutive years.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 7.27, Price/Sales 0.77 and Price/Book ratio 1.62. Dividend Yield: 3.62%. The beta ratio is 0.77.

2. AFLAC (NYSE:AFL) has a market capitalization of $18.63 billion. The company generates revenues of $22,171.00 million and has a net income of $1,964.00 million. The firm's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $6,761.00 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 30.49% (operating margin 13.50% and the net profit margin finally 8.86%).

The total debt representing 2.81% of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 24.32%. Last fiscal year, a return on equity of 15.99% was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $5.03. Last fiscal year, the company paid $1.23 in form of dividends to shareholders. The company raised dividends for 29 consecutive years.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 7.92, Price/Sales 0.85 and Price/Book ratio 1.38. Dividend Yield: 3.29%. The beta ratio is 1.83.

3. Walgreen (NYSE:WAG) has a market capitalization of $27.00 billion. The company 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 (EBITDA) amounts to $5,393.00 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 7.47% (operating margin 6.05% and the net profit margin finally 3.76%).

The total debt representing 8.77% of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 16.23%. Last fiscal year, a return on equity of 18.56% was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $2.93. Last fiscal year, the company paid $0.75 in form of dividends to shareholders. The company raised dividends for 36 consecutive years.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 10.68, Price/Sales 0.37 and Price/Book ratio 1.87. Dividend Yield: 2.88%. The beta ratio is 0.99.

4. Exxon Mobil (NYSE:XOM) has a market capitalization of $383.63 billion. The company generates revenues of $486,429.00 million and has a net income of $42,206.00 million. The firm's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $89,087.00 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 18.31% (operating margin 15.06% and the net profit margin finally 8.68%).

The total debt representing 5.15% of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 11.03%. Last fiscal year, a return on equity of 27.26% was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $8.28. Last fiscal year, the company paid $1.85 in form of dividends to shareholders. The company raised dividends for 30 consecutive years.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 9.91, Price/Sales 0.79 and Price/Book ratio 2.51. Dividend Yield: 2.78%. The beta ratio is 0.49.

5. The Chubb (NYSE:CB) has a market capitalization of $19.34 billion. The company generates revenues of $13,585.00 million and has a net income of $1,678.00 million. The firm's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $5,949.00 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 43.79% (operating margin 16.19% and the net profit margin finally 12.35%).

The total debt representing 7.03% of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 22.95%. Last fiscal year, a return on equity of 10.79% was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $5.89. Last fiscal year, the company paid $1.56 in form of dividends to shareholders. The company raised dividends for 47 consecutive years.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 12.17, Price/Sales 1.42 and Price/Book ratio 1.25. Dividend Yield: 2.30%. The beta ratio is 0.50.

6. RLI Corp. (NYSE:RLI) has a market capitalization of $1.45 billion. The company generates revenues of $619.17 million and has a net income of $130.59 million. The firm's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $414.50 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 66.94% (operating margin 29.59% and the net profit margin finally 21.09%).

The total debt representing 3.71% of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 12.21%. Last fiscal year, a return on equity of 16.22% was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $6.17. Last fiscal year, the company paid $1.19 in form of dividends to shareholders. The company raised dividends for 36 consecutive years.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 11.04, Price/Sales 2.32 and Price/Book ratio 1.75. Dividend Yield: 1.89%. The beta ratio is 0.39.

7. W.W. Grainger (NYSE:GWW) has a market capitalization of $13.71 billion. The company generates revenues of $8,078.18 million and has a net income of $666.41 million. The firm's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $1,201.63 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 14.87% (operating margin 13.03% and the net profit margin finally 8.25%).

The total debt representing 10.95% of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 19.65%. Last fiscal year, a return on equity of 26.71% was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $9.47. Last fiscal year, the company paid $2.52 in form of dividends to shareholders. The company raised dividends for 41 consecutive years.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 20.65, Price/Sales 1.68 and Price/Book ratio 5.15. Dividend Yield: 1.65%. The beta ratio is 0.94.

8. The Gorman-Rupp (NYSEMKT:GRC) has a market capitalization of $595.93 million. The company generates revenues of $359.49 million and has a net income of $28.80 million. The firm's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $54.45 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 15.15% (operating margin 11.96% and the net profit margin finally 8.01%).

The total debt representing 3.35% of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 4.66%. Last fiscal year, a return on equity of 13.89% was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $1.52. Last fiscal year, the company paid $0.35 in form of dividends to shareholders. The company raised dividends for 40 consecutive years.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 18.66, Price/Sales 1.62 and Price/Book ratio 2.72. Dividend Yield: 1.44%. The beta ratio is 1.32.

9. Raven Industries (NASDAQ:RAVN) has a market capitalization of $1.22 billion. The company generates revenues of $381.51 million and has a net income of $50.64 million. The firm's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $84.91 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 22.26% (operating margin 19.83% and the net profit margin finally 13.27%).

The company has no long-term debt outstanding and serves $43.54 million in cash and short-term investments. Last fiscal year, a return on equity of 31.44% was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $2.95. Last fiscal year, the company paid $0.72 in form of dividends to shareholders. The company raised dividends for 26 consecutive years.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 22.85, Price/Sales 3.13 and Price/Book ratio 6.62. Dividend Yield: 1.27%. The beta ratio is 1.24.

10. CLARCOR (NYSE:CLC) has a market capitalization of $2.50 billion. The company generates revenues of $1,126.60 million and has a net income of $124.36 million. The firm's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $213.70 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 18.97% (operating margin 16.09% and the net profit margin finally 11.04%).

The total debt representing 1.52% of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 2.07%. Last fiscal year, a return on equity of 15.59% was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $2.46. Last fiscal year, the company paid $0.44 in form of dividends to shareholders. The company raised dividends for 47 consecutive years.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 20.23, Price/Sales 2.20 and Price/Book ratio 2.97. Dividend Yield: 0.97%. The beta ratio is 0.87.

11. Donaldson (NYSE:DCI) has a market capitalization of $5.35 billion. The company generates revenues of $2,294.03 million and has a net income of $225.29 million. The firm's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $375.70 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 16.38% (operating margin 13.74% and the net profit margin finally 9.82%).

The total debt representing 15.45% of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 28.54%. Last fiscal year, a return on equity of 26.80% was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $1.68. Last fiscal year, the company paid $0.28 in form of dividends to shareholders. The company raised dividends for 26 consecutive years.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 21.34, Price/Sales 2.32 and Price/Book ratio 5.76. Dividend Yield: 0.90%. The beta ratio is 1.12.

12. Helmerich & Payne (NYSE:HP) has a market capitalization of $5.00 billion. The company generates revenues of $2,543.89 million and has a net income of $434.67 million. The firm's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $1,017.98 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 40.02% (operating margin 27.62% and the net profit margin finally 17.09%).

The total debt representing 6.99% of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 10.70%. Last fiscal year, a return on equity of 14.26% was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $4.63. Last fiscal year, the company paid $0.26 in form of dividends to shareholders. The company raised dividends for 39 consecutive years.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 10.06, Price/Sales 1.92 and Price/Book ratio 1.49. Dividend Yield: 0.61%. The beta ratio is 1.21.

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