4 Profitable Mid Cap Dividend Stocks With Strong Projected Growth

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 |  Includes: ACC, DLR, LINE, MWE
by: ZetaKap

Are you looking for mid-sized companies that still have room to grow? In search of attractive dividend stocks? Do you prefer companies with strong profits? Do you prefer stocks that are projected to grow over the next year? If so, we ran a screen keeping this idea in mind.

EPS growth (earnings per share growth) illustrates the growth of earnings per share over time. EPS growth rates help investors identify stocks that are increasing or decreasing in profitability. This profitability metric is generally a key driver in the price of the stock as it directly correlates to the profitability of the company as a whole.

The Operating Profit Margin is a profitability ratio that measures the effectiveness of the company's operating efficiency. This metric allows investors to see how much profit is left after all variable costs are covered. If the company's margin is increasing over time this means that it's earning more per dollar of sales. Finding trends in the Operating Profit Margin helps investors identify companies that are improving profitability over time and managing the economic landscape better than competitors.

EPS growth (earnings per share growth) illustrates the growth of earnings per share over time. The 1-Year Expected EPS Growth Rate is an annual growth estimate, where the growth projections are made by analysts, the company or other credible sources.

We first looked for mid cap dividend stocks. From here, we then looked for companies that have posted strong earnings growth for shareholders over an extended period of time (1-year fiscal EPS growth rate>10%)(1-year operating margin>15%). We then looked for businesses that have expected earnings per share growth of more than 25 percent for next year(1-year projected EPS Growth Rate>25%). We did not screen out any sectors.

Do you think these mid-cap stocks will continue to see such strong profitability? Use our list to help with your own analysis.

1) Linn Energy, LLC (NASDAQ:LINE)

Sector: Basic Materials
Industry: Independent Oil & Gas
Market Cap: $7.18B
Beta: 0.72
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Linn Energy, LLC has a Dividend Yield of 8.05% and Payout Ratio of 57.07% and Earnings Per Share Growth Rate of 413.15% and Operating Profit Margin of 55.74% and 1-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate of 29.55%. The short interest was 0.98% as of 05/24/2012. Linn Energy, LLC, an independent oil and natural gas company, engages in the acquisition and development of oil and gas properties.

The company's properties are primarily located in the Mid-Continent, the Permian Basin, Michigan, California, and the Williston Basin in the United States. As of December 31, 2011, it had proved reserves of 3,370 billion cubic feet equivalent of oil and gas, and natural gas liquids, as well as operated 7,759 gross productive wells.

2) Digital Realty Trust Inc. (NYSE:DLR)

Sector: Financial
Industry: REIT - Office
Market Cap: $7.85B
Beta: 1.07
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Digital Realty Trust Inc. has a Dividend Yield of 4.10% and Payout Ratio of 206.53% and Earnings Per Share Growth Rate of 94.57% and Operating Profit Margin of 28.77% and 1-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate of 25.64%. The short interest was 10.81% as of 05/24/2012. Digital Realty Trust, Inc., a real estate investment trust (REIT), through its controlling interest in Digital Realty Trust, L.P., engages in the ownership, acquisition, development, redevelopment, and management of technology-related real estate.

3) American Campus Communities Inc. (NYSE:ACC)

Sector: Financial
Industry: REIT - Residential
Market Cap: $3.29B
Beta: 0.78
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American Campus Communities Inc. has a Dividend Yield of 3.06% and Payout Ratio of 222.77% and Earnings Per Share Growth Rate of 65.09% and Operating Profit Margin of 25.26% and 1-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate of 67.14%. The short interest was 4.06% as of 05/24/2012. American Campus Communities, Inc., a real estate investment trust (REIT), engages in the acquisition, design, finance, development, lease, and management of student housing properties in the United States.

As of July 12, 2005, the company owned and managed 25 student housing properties, containing approximately 16,300 beds, as well as managed 44 student housing properties, representing 27,600 beds. ACC also provides construction management and development services for student housing properties owned by colleges and universities, charitable foundations, and others.

4) MarkWest Energy Partners LP (NYSE:MWE)

Sector: Basic Materials
Industry: Oil & Gas Drilling & Exploration
Market Cap: $3.65B
Beta: 0.99
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MarkWest Energy Partners LP has a Dividend Yield of 6.19% and Payout Ratio of 159.32% and Earnings Per Share Growth Rate of 6353.29% and Operating Profit Margin of 21.93% and 1-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate of 43.07%. The short interest was 0.61% as of 05/24/2012. Markwest Energy Partners, L.P., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the gathering, processing, and transportation of natural gas in the southwest, Gulf Coast, and northeast regions of the United States.

*Company profiles were sourced from Finviz. Financial data was sourced from Finviz and Google Finance.

Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.