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Dividend Contenders are stocks with a history of rising dividends of more than 10 years but less than 25 years. 168 stocks with such a great dividend growth history are available for investors but not all stocks generate high returns.

I made a little screen within the investment category and searched stocks with a very high return on investment (NYSE:ROI) calculated on a twelve trailing month basis. The return on investment is a capital efficiency ratio which measures the return on the invested capital, calculated as gains from investments less costs divided by the whole investment amount. Dividend Contenders have normally a higher profitability; 58 Contenders have a ROI of more than 10%. I observed only the best stocks with ratios of more than 25%. Thirteen stocks fulfilled the mentioned criteria. These are the detailed results, sorted by dividend yield:

1. Alliance Resources (NASDAQ:ARLP) has a market capitalization of $2.17 billion. The company generates revenues of $1,843.56 million and has a net income of $389.35 million. The firm's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $573.26 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 31.10% (operating margin 22.40% and the net profit margin finally 21.12%).

The total debt representing 40.84% of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 113.37%. Last fiscal year, a return on equity of 36.30% was realized and the current return on investment amounts to 25.58%. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $7.67. Last fiscal year, the company paid $3.63 in form of dividends to shareholders. The company raised dividends over a period of 10 consecutive years.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 7.67, Price/Sales 1.18 and Price/Book ratio 2.39. Dividend Yield: 6.98%. The beta ratio is 0.80.

2. Universal Health Realty Income Trust (NYSE:UHT) has a market capitalization of $502.78 million. The company generates revenues of $29.49 million and has a net income of $73.79 million. The firm's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $50.90 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 172.58% (operating margin 250.20% and the net profit margin finally 250.20%).

The total debt representing 47.13% of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 92.57%. Last fiscal year, a return on equity of 44.15% was realized and the current return on investment amounts to 25.97%. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $6.26. Last fiscal year, the company paid $2.42 in form of dividends to shareholders. The company raised dividends over a period of 23 consecutive years.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 6.34, Price/Sales 17.05 and Price/Book ratio 2.66. Dividend Yield: 6.20%. The beta ratio is 0.62.

3. BHP Billiton (NYSE:BHP) has a market capitalization of $101.18 billion. The company generates revenues of $71,739.00 million and has a net income of $23,946.00 million. The firm's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $37,927.00 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 52.87% (operating margin 44.35% and the net profit margin finally 33.38%).

The total debt representing 15.46% of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 28.02%. Last fiscal year, a return on equity of 44.92% was realized and the current return on investment amounts to 25.39%. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $8.49. Last fiscal year, the company paid $2.02 in form of dividends to shareholders. The company raised dividends over a period of 10 consecutive years.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 7.42, Price/Sales 2.22 and Price/Book ratio 1.78. Dividend Yield: 3.49%. The beta ratio is 1.54.

4. Linear Technology (NASDAQ:LLTC) has a market capitalization of $6.86 billion. The company generates revenues of $1,483.96 million and has a net income of $580.78 million. The firm's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $813.25 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 54.80% (operating margin 51.42% and the net profit margin finally 39.14%).

The total debt representing 48.17% of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 155.40%. Last fiscal year, a return on equity of 212.98% was realized and the current return on investment amounts to 30.16%. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $1.94. Last fiscal year, the company paid $0.94 in form of dividends to shareholders. The company raised dividends over a period of 20 consecutive years.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 15.38, Price/Sales 4.63 and Price/Book ratio 13.42. Dividend Yield: 3.35%. The beta ratio is 1.08.

5. C.H. Robinson Worldwide (NASDAQ:CHRW) has a market capitalization of $9.42 billion. The company generates revenues of $10,336.35 million and has a net income of $431.61 million. The firm's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $720.05 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 6.97% (operating margin 6.70% and the net profit margin finally 4.18%).

The total debt representing 2.90% of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 4.97%. Last fiscal year, a return on equity of 35.20% was realized and the current return on investment amounts to 35.19%. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $2.69. Last fiscal year, the company paid $1.20 in form of dividends to shareholders. The company raised dividends over a period of 15 consecutive years.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 21.55, Price/Sales 0.91 and Price/Book ratio 7.58. Dividend Yield: 2.28%. The beta ratio is 0.68.

6. Polaris Industries (NYSE:PII) has a market capitalization of $5.18 billion. The company generates revenues of $2,656.95 million and has a net income of $227.58 million. The firm's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $392.22 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 14.76% (operating margin 13.17% and the net profit margin finally 8.57%).

The total debt representing 8.73% of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 21.45%. Last fiscal year, a return on equity of 52.25% was realized and the current return on investment amounts to 41.49%. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $3.38. Last fiscal year, the company paid $0.90 in form of dividends to shareholders. The company raised dividends over a period of 17 consecutive years.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 22.31, Price/Sales 1.95 and Price/Book ratio 10.32. Dividend Yield: 1.96%. The beta ratio is 1.76.

7. Novo Nordisk (NYSE:NVO) has a market capitalization of $87.41 billion. The company generates revenues of $11,180.28 million and has a net income of $2,881.10 million. The firm's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $4,189.95 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 37.48% (operating margin 33.72% and the net profit margin finally 25.77%).

The total debt representing 1.32% of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 2.28%. Last fiscal year, a return on equity of 45.95% was realized and the current return on investment amounts to 39.37%. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $5.06. Last fiscal year, the company paid $2.36 in form of dividends to shareholders. The company raised dividends over a period of 11 consecutive years.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 26.31, Price/Sales 5.34 and Price/Book ratio 11.68. Dividend Yield: 1.89%. The beta ratio is 0.55.

8. Nu Skin Enterprises (NYSE:NUS) has a market capitalization of $2.74 billion. The company generates revenues of $1,743.99 million and has a net income of $153.33 million. The firm's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $266.54 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 15.28% (operating margin 13.40% and the net profit margin finally 8.79%).

The total debt representing 13.78% of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 23.78%. Last fiscal year, a return on equity of 29.33% was realized and the current return on investment amounts to 25.51%. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $2.87. Last fiscal year, the company paid $0.59 in form of dividends to shareholders. The company raised dividends over a period of 12 consecutive years.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 15.09, Price/Sales 1.57 and Price/Book ratio 4.70. Dividend Yield: 1.85%. The beta ratio is 1.26.

9. Fastenal Company (NASDAQ:FAST) has a market capitalization of $11.92 billion. The company generates revenues of $2,766.86 million and has a net income of $357.93 million. The firm's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $619.32 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 22.38% (operating margin 20.77% and the net profit margin finally 12.94%).

The company has no long-term debt. Last fiscal year, a return on equity of 26.11% was realized and the current return on investment amounts to 26.18%. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $1.28. Last fiscal year, the company paid $0.65 in form of dividends to shareholders. The company raised dividends over a period of 13 consecutive years.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 31.51, Price/Sales 4.30 and Price/Book ratio 8.15. Dividend Yield: 1.69%. The beta ratio is 0.96.

10. Rollins (NYSE:ROL) has a market capitalization of $3.14 billion. The company generates revenues of $1,205.06 million and has a net income of $100.71 million. The firm's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $199.11 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 16.52% (operating margin 13.37% and the net profit margin finally 8.36%).

The company has no long-term debt. Last fiscal year, a return on equity of 32.38% was realized and the current return on investment amounts to 26.08%. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $0.72. Last fiscal year, the company paid $0.28 in form of dividends to shareholders. The company raised dividends over a period of 10 consecutive years.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 29.82, Price/Sales 2.60 and Price/Book ratio 9.64. Dividend Yield: 1.50%. The beta ratio is 0.55.

11. FactSet Research (NYSE:FDS) has a market capitalization of $4.76 billion. The company generates revenues of $726.51 million and has a net income of $171.05 million. The firm's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $274.64 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 37.80% (operating margin 32.81% and the net profit margin finally 23.54%).

The company has no long-term debt. Last fiscal year, a return on equity of 33.62% was realized and the current return on investment amounts to 30.30%. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $3.79. Last fiscal year, the company paid $1.00 in form of dividends to shareholders. The company raised dividends over a period of 14 consecutive years.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 27.95, Price/Sales 6.55 and Price/Book ratio 9.27. Dividend Yield: 1.17%. The beta ratio is 1.24.

12. TJX Companies (NYSE:TJX) has a market capitalization of $30.72 billion. The company generates revenues of $23,191.46 million and has a net income of $1,496.09 million. The firm's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $2,932.76 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 12.65% (operating margin 10.40% and the net profit margin finally 6.45%).

The total debt representing 9.51% of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 24.54%. Last fiscal year, a return on equity of 47.43% was realized and the current return on investment amounts to 32.23%. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $2.16. Last fiscal year, the company paid $0.38 in form of dividends to shareholders. The company raised dividends over a period of 16 consecutive years.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 19.22, Price/Sales 1.32 and Price/Book ratio 9.65. Dividend Yield: 1.11%. The beta ratio is 0.57.

13. Ross Stores (NASDAQ:ROST) has a market capitalization of $14.55 billion. The company generates revenues of $8,608.29 million and has a net income of $657.17 million. The firm's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $1,223.36 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 14.21% (operating margin 12.23% and the net profit margin finally 7.63%).

The total debt representing 4.54% of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 10.05%. Last fiscal year, a return on equity of 46.51% was realized and the current return on investment amounts to 35.08%. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $3.05. Last fiscal year, the company paid $0.47 in form of dividends to shareholders. The company raised dividends over a period of 18 consecutive years.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 21.17, Price/Sales 1.69 and Price/Book ratio 9.80. Dividend Yield: 0.87%. The beta ratio is 0.71.

Source: 13 Dividend Contenders With The Highest Degrees Of Profitability