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This list is meant to serve as a starting point for investors. A lot of data has been provided so it should be relatively easy for an investor to scroll down the list and decide if the stock warrants further attention. If you find the stock appealing, you can dig deeper and see if meets with your investment criteria. To help the novice investor we have put out this guideline which could prove to be useful in the selection process. "Our suggested guidelines when searching for new investment ideas . Cheniere Energy (LNG) does not meet with all the listed criteria in the above guide. It has been included as an example of a play the novice investor should avoid in general. It could make for good play for those willing to take on a bit of extra risk.

Company: CSX Corp (CSX)

Levered Free Cash Flow = 712.62M

Brief Overview

  1. Percentage Held by Insiders = 0.46
  2. Number of Institutional Sellers 12 Weeks = 2
  3. 5. Relative Strength 52 weeks = 46
  4. 6. Cash Flow 5-year Average = 1.89
  5. 7. Profit Margin = 15.77%
  6. 8. Operating Margin = 29.42%
  7. 9. Quarterly Revenue Growth = 5.6%
  8. 10. Quarterly Earnings Growth = 13.7%
  9. 11. Operating Cash Flow = 3.44B
  10. 12. Beta = 139%
  11. 13. Percentage Held by Institutions = 69.2%
  12. 14. Short Percentage of Float = 1.7%

Growth

  1. Net Income ($mil) 12/2011 = 1822
  2. Net Income ($mil) 12/2010 = 1563
  3. Net Income ($mil) 12/2009 = 1143
  4. Net Income Reported Quarterly ($mil) = 449
  5. EBITDA ($mil) 12/2011 = 4416
  6. EBITDA ($mil) 12/2010 = 4050
  7. EBITDA ($mil) 12/2009 = 3207
  8. Cash Flow ($/share) 12/2011 = 2.67
  9. Cash Flow ($/share) 12/2010 = 2.23
  10. Cash Flow ($/share) 12/2009 = 1.73
  11. Sales ($mil) 12/2011 = 11743
  12. Sales ($mil) 12/2010 = 10465
  13. Sales ($mil) 12/2009 = 9041
  14. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2007 = 0.9
  15. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2008 = 1.17
  16. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2009 = 0.96
  17. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2010 = 4.06
  18. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2011 = 1.67

Dividend history

  1. Dividend Yield = 2.50
  2. Dividend Yield 5 Year Average = 1.84
  3. Annual Dividend 12/2011 = 0.45
  4. Dividend 5 year Growth = 17.9%

Dividend sustainability

  1. Payout Ratio = 0.23
  2. Payout Ratio 5 Year Average 12/2011 = 0.26

Performance

  1. Next 3-5 Year Estimate EPS Growth rate = 13.47
  2. ROE 5 Year Average 12/2011 = 16.29
  3. Current Ratio = 0.95
  4. Current Ratio 5 Year Average = 1.12
  5. Quick Ratio = 1
  6. Cash Ratio = 0.58
  7. Interest Coverage Quarterly = 5.97
  8. Retention ratio = 77%

Company : Chipotle Mexicn (CMG)

Brief Overview

  1. Percentage Held by Insiders = 1.79
  2. Levered Free Cash Flow = 189.56M
  3. Five year sales growth = 19.6%
  4. Relative Strength 52 weeks = 86
  5. Cash Flow 5-year Average = 5.11
  6. Profit Margin = 9.63%
  7. Operating Margin = 15.97%
  8. Quarterly Revenue Growth = 25.8%
  9. Quarterly Earnings Growth = 35.1%
  10. Operating Cash Flow = 372.17M
  11. Beta = 0.57
  12. Percentage Held by Institutions = 97%
  13. Short Percentage of Float = 8.5%

Growth

  1. Net Income ($mil) 12/2011 = 215
  2. Net Income ($mil) 12/2010 = 179
  3. Net Income ($mil) 12/2009 = 127
  4. Net Income Reported Quarterly ($mil) = 63
  5. EBITDA ($mil) 12/2011 = 428
  6. EBITDA ($mil) 12/2010 = 358
  7. EBITDA ($mil) 12/2009 = 266
  8. Cash Flow ($/share) 12/2011 = 9.26
  9. Cash Flow ($/share) 12/2010 = 8.01
  10. Cash Flow ($/share) 12/2009 = 5.94
  11. Sales ($mil) 12/2011 = 2270
  12. Sales ($mil) 12/2010 = 1836
  13. Sales ($mil) 12/2009 = 1518
  14. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2007 = 2.13
  15. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2008 = 2.36
  16. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2009 = 3.95
  17. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2010 = 5.64
  18. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2011 = 6.76

Performance

  1. Next 3-5 Year Estimate EPS Growth rate = 20.45
  2. ROE 5 Year Average = 17.86
  3. Debt/Total Cap 5 Year Average 03/2012 = N/A
  4. Current Ratio = 4.43
  5. Current Ratio 5 Year Average = 3.19
  6. Quick Ratio = 3.13
  7. Cash Ratio = 3.07
  8. Interest Coverage Quarterly = 555.71

Company: Ares Cap Cp (ARCC)

Basic overview

  1. Free cash flow=$-674 million
  2. Beta = 1.84
  3. Long term debt to equity ratio = 0.59
  4. Five year sales growth = 42.56%
  5. Price to free cash flow = - 4.20
  6. Sales vs 1 year ago = - 30%

Growth

  1. Net Income ($mil) 12/2011 = 319
  2. Net Income ($mil) 12/2010 = 692
  3. Net Income ($mil) 12/2009 = 203
  1. EBITDA ($mil) 12/2011 = 437
  2. EBITDA ($mil) 12/2010 = 318
  3. EBITDA ($mil) 12/2009 = 163
  4. Cash Flow ($/share) 12/2011 = 1.68
  5. Cash Flow ($/share) 12/2010 = 1.41
  6. Cash Flow ($/share) 12/2009 = 1.3
  1. Sales ($mil) 12/2011 = 634
  2. Sales ($mil) 12/2010 = 483
  3. Sales ($mil) 12/2009 = 245
  1. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2007 = 1.43
  2. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2008 = 1.42
  3. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2009 = 1.35
  4. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2010 = 1.43
  5. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2011 = 1.56

Dividend history

  1. Dividend Yield = 9.3
  2. Dividend Yield 5 Year Average = 13.00
  3. Dividend 5 year Growth = - 2.65

Dividend sustainability

  1. Payout Ratio 06/2011 = 0.92
  2. Payout Ratio 5 Year Average 12/2011 = 1.08

Performance

  1. Next 3-5 Year Estimate EPS Growth rate = 11.5
  2. EPS Growth Quarterly(1)/Q(-3) = -154.84
  3. ROE 5 Year Average 12/2011 = 10.03
  1. Current Ratio 06/2011 = 1.3
  2. Current Ratio 5 Year Average = 1.94
  3. Quick Ratio = 1.32
  4. Cash Ratio = 0.73
  5. Interest Coverage Quarterly = 3.91

Company: Cheniere Energy

Brief Overview

  1. Percentage Held by Insiders = 4.6
  2. Five year sales growth rate = 242%
  3. Number of Institutional Sellers 12 Weeks = 9
  4. Relative Strength 52 weeks = 95
  5. Cash Flow 5-year Average = -2.66
  6. Profit Margin = -76.44%
  7. Operating Margin = 11.44%
  8. Quarterly Revenue Growth = -11.1%
  9. Operating Cash Flow = -62.22M
  10. Beta = 3.19
  11. Levered Free Cash Flow = -6.45M
  12. Percentage Held by Institutions = 21.3%
  13. Short Percentage of Float = 13.5%

Growth

  1. Net Income ($mil) 12/2011 = -199
  2. Net Income ($mil) 12/2010 = -76
  3. Net Income ($mil) 12/2009 = -161
  4. Net Income Reported Quarterly ($mil) = -56
  5. EBITDA ($mil) 12/2011 = 148
  6. EBITDA ($mil) 12/2010 = 274
  7. EBITDA ($mil) 12/2009 = 157
  8. Cash Flow ($/share) 12/2011 = -1.34
  9. Cash Flow ($/share) 12/2010 = 0.21
  10. Cash Flow ($/share) 12/2009 = -1.52
  11. Sales ($mil) 12/2011 = 290
  12. Sales ($mil) 12/2010 = 292
  13. Sales ($mil) 12/2009 = 181

Performance

  1. Current Ratio = 1.88
  2. Current Ratio 5 Year Average = 3.12
  3. Quick Ratio = 1
  4. Cash Ratio = 1
  5. Interest Coverage Quarterly = 0.2

Company: Yamana Gold Inc (AUY)

Levered Free Cash Flow = 166.24M

Brief Overview

  1. Percentage Held by Insiders = 2.7
  2. Relative Strength 52 weeks = 88
  3. Cash Flow 5-year Average = 0.69
  4. Profit Margin = 25.26%
  5. Operating Margin = 41.22%
  6. Quarterly Revenue Growth = 17.6%
  7. Quarterly Earnings Growth = 14.7%
  8. Operating Cash Flow = 1.28B
  9. Beta = 0.58
  10. 5 year sales growth = 38.5%

Growth

  1. Net Income ($mil) 12/2011 = 548
  2. Net Income ($mil) 12/2010 = 451
  3. Net Income ($mil) 12/2009 = 193
  4. Net Income Reported Quarterly ($mil) = 170
  5. EBITDA ($mil) 12/2011 = 1196
  6. EBITDA ($mil) 12/2010 = 906
  7. EBITDA ($mil) 12/2009 = 585
  8. Cash Flow ($/share) 12/2011 = 1.43
  9. Cash Flow ($/share) 12/2010 = 1.01
  10. Cash Flow ($/share) 12/2009 = 0.79
  11. Sales ($mil) 12/2011 = 2173
  12. Sales ($mil) 12/2010 = 1687
  13. Sales ($mil) 12/2009 = 1183
  14. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2007 = 0.53
  15. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2008 = 0.52
  16. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2009 = 0.47
  17. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2010 = 0.61
  18. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2011 = 0.96

Dividend history

  1. Dividend Yield = 1.40
  2. Dividend Yield 5 Year Average = 0.7
  3. Dividend 5 year Growth = 38.4%

Dividend sustainability

  1. Payout Ratio = 0.23
  2. Payout Ratio 5 Year Average 12/2011 = 0.14

Performance

  1. Next 3-5 Year Estimate EPS Growth rate = 14.9
  2. ROE 5 Year Average = 6.76
  3. Current Ratio = 2.82
  4. Current Ratio 5 Year Average = 1.98
  5. Quick Ratio = 2.10
  6. Cash Ratio = 1.48
  7. Interest Coverage = 63.00

EPS and Price Vs industry charts obtained from zacks.com. A major portion of the historical data used in this article was obtained from zacks.com.

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