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Dividend stocks are wonderful because they increase my cash with regular payments. One major date in relation to the payment is the ex-dividend date. If you own a stock before this date, you get the next payment. This is very interesting because in the case of a high yield stock, I can earn at least 1% in cash for a short period of investing.

I screened stocks with ex-dividend date within the upcoming week. Some 228 common and preferred shares have their ex-dividend date between May 26 and June 03. Exactly 36 of them have a dividend yield above 5%. Many of them have a high yield because the market believes that the dividend is not sustainable. Especially in the case of low capitalized stocks or stocks with very high yields over 10%, the possibility of a dividend cut is much higher as for stocks with a higher capitalization at normal yields. Because of this, I decided to select only those stocks with a market capitalization over $2 billion and a dividend yield below 10%. These are the results sorted by dividend yield:

1. CenturyLink (NYSE:CTL) has a market capitalization of $24.19 billion. The company generates revenues of $15,351.00 million and has a net income of $573.00 million. The firm's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $6,029.00 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 39.27% (operating margin 13.05% and the net profit margin finally 3.73%).

The total debt representing 38.90% of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 104.84%. Last fiscal year, a return on equity of 3.76% was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $0.96. Last fiscal year, the company paid $2.90 in form of dividends to shareholders. The ex-dividend date is on June 01, 2012.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 40.55, Price/Sales 1.57 and Price/Book ratio 1.15. Dividend Yield: 7.49%. The beta ratio is 0.70.

2. TransAlta (NYSE:TAC) has a market capitalization of $3.77 billion. The company generates revenues of $2,595.01 million and has a net income of $334.24 million. The company's earnings before EBITDA amounts to $1,127.46 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 43.45% (operating margin 24.22% and the net profit margin finally 12.88%).

The total debt representing 41.36% of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 123.49%. Last fiscal year, a return on equity of 10.48% was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $1.28. Last fiscal year, the company paid $1.13 in form of dividends to shareholders. The ex-dividend date is on May 30, 2012.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 13.20, Price/Sales 1.46 and Price/Book ratio 1.42. Dividend Yield: 7.03%. The beta ratio is 0.87.

3. Old Republic (NYSE:ORI) has a market capitalization of $2.60 billion. The company generates revenues of $4,645.50 million and has a net income of $-140.60 million. The company's earnings before EBITDA amounts to $-151.20 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is -3.25% (operating margin -5.10% and the net profit margin finally -3.03%).

The total debt representing 5.69% of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 24.20%. Last fiscal year, a return on equity of -3.56% was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $-0.50. Last fiscal year, the company paid $0.70 in form of dividends to shareholders. The ex-dividend date is on June 01, 2012.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is not calculable, Price/Sales 0.57 and Price/Book ratio 0.70. Dividend Yield: 6.98%. The beta ratio is 0.86.

4. National Grid (NYSE:NGG) has a market capitalization of $38.30 billion. The company generates revenues of $21,673.46 million and has a net income of $3,193.36 million. The company's earnings before EBITDA amounts to $7,444.38 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 34.35% (operating margin 25.08% and the net profit margin finally 14.73%).

The total debt representing 48.64% of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 249.22%. Last fiscal year, a return on equity of 22.25% was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $4.45. Last fiscal year, the company paid $3.08 in form of dividends to shareholders. The ex-dividend date is on May 30, 2012.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 12.06, Price/Sales 1.74 and Price/Book ratio 2.60. Dividend Yield: 5.89%. The beta ratio is 0.62.

5. Regal Entertainment (NYSE:RGC) has a market capitalization of $2.21 billion. The company generates revenues of $2,681.70 million and has a net income of $40.10 million. The company's earnings before EBITDA amounts to $383.10 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 14.29% (operating margin 6.92% and the net profit margin finally 1.50%).

The total debt representing 86.12% of the company's assets. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $0.71. Last fiscal year, the company paid $0.84 in form of dividends to shareholders. The ex-dividend date is on June 01, 2012.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 19.93, Price/Sales 0.83 and Price/Book ratio not calculable. Dividend Yield: 5.86%. The beta ratio is 0.93.

6. Delhaize Group (NYSE:DEG) has a market capitalization of $3.97 billion. The company generates revenues of $26,472.54 million and has a net income of $595.41 million. The company's earnings before EBITDA amounts to $1,752.38 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 6.62% (operating margin 3.84% and the net profit margin finally 2.25%).

The total debt representing 26.33% of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 59.51%. Last fiscal year, a return on equity of 9.06% was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $4.19. Last fiscal year, the company paid $2.21 in form of dividends to shareholders. The ex-dividend date is on May 29, 2012.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 9.40, Price/Sales 0.15 and Price/Book ratio 0.57. Dividend Yield: 5.76%. The beta ratio is 0.79.

7. Baytex Energy (NYSE:BTE) has a market capitalization of $5.55 billion. The company generates revenues of $1,068.64 million and has a net income of $211.88 million. The company's earnings before EBITDA amounts to $567.46 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 53.10% (operating margin 24.58% and the net profit margin finally 19.83%).

The total debt representing 24.77% of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 50.52%. Last fiscal year, a return on equity of 18.76% was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $2.12. Last fiscal year, the company paid $2.36 in form of dividends to shareholders. The ex-dividend date is on May 29, 2012.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 21.96, Price/Sales 5.13 and Price/Book ratio 4.62. Dividend Yield: 5.70%. The beta ratio is 1.56.

Source: 7 Higher Capitalized High-Yield Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Next Week