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Dividend investors are typically looking for defensive investments that offer guaranteed returns, even if that means giving up the potential for huge growth. Some of the best "defensive" plays are no-debt companies, which are in a much better position during economic downturns than highly leveraged companies.

With that in mind, here are four companies with solid dividends and absolutely no debt.

Superior Industries International (SUP)

Superior Industries is one of the world's largest OEM suppliers of cast aluminum road wheels for the automotive industry. It has a strong dividend yield of 3.88%, which represents a 64.5% payout ratio as of last quarter. The First Call Consensus Recommendation is "Hold," meaning analysts are currently neutral on the stock's future prospects. Superior Industries holds no debt as of the most recent quarter.

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Safety Insurance Group Inc (SAFT)

Safety Insurance Group provides property, casualty, and private passenger automobile insurance primarily in Massachusetts. It has a very good dividend yield (4.85%) which represents a healthy 44.15% dividend payout as of last quarter. The First Call Consensus Recommendation is "Hold," meaning analysts are currently neutral on the stock's future prospects. Safety Insurance holds no debt as of the most recent quarter.

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FutureFuel Corp (FF)

FutureFuel Corp manufactures biofuels and specialty chemicals. It has a solid dividend of 3.79%, representing a 58% payout. It has a "Strong Buy" First Call Consensus Recommendation, meaning analysts are very bullish about the company's prospects. FutureFuel holds no debt as of the most recent quarter.

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CDI Corp (CDI)

CDI is an integrated engineering and technology services company. CDI offers a good 3.05% dividend, representing a payout ratio of 65.39% as of last quarter. The First Call Consensus Recommendation is "Hold," meaning analysts are neutral on CDI's prospects. As of the most recent quarter, CDI holds no debt.

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Source: 4 No-Debt Companies With Strong Dividends