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Company: Applied Materials Inc (NASDAQ:AMAT)

Levered Free Cash Flow = 1.18B

Brief Overview

  1. Percentage Held by Insiders = 0.25
  2. Short Ratio = 0.8
  3. Relative Strength 52 weeks = 45
  4. Cash Flow 5-year Average = 0.99
  5. Profit Margin = 13.79%
  6. Operating Margin = 17.19%
  7. Quarterly Revenue Growth = -11.2%
  8. Quarterly Earnings Growth = -40.9%
  9. Operating Cash Flow = 2.08B
  10. Beta = 1.66
  11. Percentage Held by Institutions = 79.3%
  12. Short Percentage of Float = 1%

Growth

  1. Net Income ($mil) 12/2011 = 1926
  2. Net Income ($mil) 12/2010 = 938
  3. Net Income ($mil) 12/2009 = -305
  4. Net Income Reported Quarterly ($mil) = 289
  5. EBITDA ($mil) 12/2011 = 2683
  6. EBITDA ($mil) 12/2010 = 1713
  7. EBITDA ($mil) 12/2009 = -174
  8. Cash Flow ($/share) 12/2011 = 1.49
  9. Cash Flow ($/share) 12/2010 = 1.11
  10. Cash Flow ($/share) 12/2009 = 0.17
  11. Sales ($mil) 12/2011 = 10517
  12. Sales ($mil) 12/2010 = 9549
  13. Sales ($mil) 12/2009 = 5014
  14. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2007 = 1.01
  15. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2008 = 0.78
  16. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2009 = -0.05
  17. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2010 = 0.88
  18. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2011 = 1.3

Dividend history

  1. Dividend Yield = 3.47
  2. Dividend Yield 5 Year Average 03/2012 = 2.04
  3. Dividend 5 year Growth 03/2012 = 7.27

Dividend sustainability

  1. Payout Ratio 03/2012 = 0.32
  2. Payout Ratio 5 Year Average 03/2012 = 1.08

Performance

  1. Next 3-5 Year Estimate EPS Growth rate = 8.5
  2. 5 Year History EPS Growth 03/2012 = 6.56
  3. ROE 5 Year Average 03/2012 = 14.71
  4. ROE 5 Year Average 12/2011 = 15.17
  5. Return on Investment 03/2012 = 12.49
  6. Debt/Total Cap 5 Year Average 03/2012 = 5.79
  7. Current Ratio 03/2012 = 2.37
  8. Current Ratio 5 Year Average = 2.61
  9. Quick Ratio = 3.1
  10. Cash Ratio = 2.55
  11. Interest Coverage Quarterly = 17.83

Company: Wells Fargo & Co (NYSE:WFC)

Basic Key ratios

  1. Percentage Held by Insiders = 0.05
  2. Percentage held by institutions = 77%
  3. Short ratio = 1.00%
  4. Quarterly earnings growth = 13%
  5. Quarterly revenue growth = 8.4
  6. Beta = 1.10
  7. Relative Strength 52 weeks = 81
  8. Cash Flow 5 -year Average = 2.63
  9. Operating cash flow = $12.6B
  10. Dividend Yield 5-Year Average = 2.56
  11. 5 year sales growth rate = 17.36%

Growth

  1. Net Income ($mil) 12/2011 = 16211
  2. Net Income ($mil) 12/2010 = 12663
  3. Net Income ($mil) 12/2009 = 12667
  1. EBITDA ($mil) 12/2011 = 30238
  2. EBITDA ($mil) 12/2010 = 26132
  3. EBITDA ($mil) 12/2009 = 27015
  4. Cash Flow ($/share) 12/2011 = 3.43
  5. Cash Flow ($/share) 12/2010 = 2.77
  6. Cash Flow ($/share) 12/2009 = 3.01
  1. Sales ($mil) 12/2011 = 87597
  2. Sales ($mil) 12/2010 = 93249
  3. Sales ($mil) 12/2009 = 98636
  1. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2007 = 2.38
  2. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2008 = 0.75
  3. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2009 = 1.81
  4. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2010 = 2.26
  5. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2011 = 2.82

Dividend history

  1. Dividend Yield = 2.6
  2. Dividend Yield 5 Year Average = 2.4
  3. Dividend 5 year Growth = - 7.31%

Dividend sustainability

  1. Payout Ratio = 0.20
  2. Payout Ratio 5 Year Average = 0.41

Performance

  1. Next 3-5 Year Estimate EPS Growth rate = 10.09
  2. 5 Year History EPS Growth = 5.96
  3. ROE 5 Year Average = 12.58
  4. Return on Investment = 5.98
  5. Current Ratio = 0.9
  6. Current Ratio 5 Year Average = 0.97
  7. Quick Ratio = 0.85
  8. Cash Ratio = 0.14
  9. Interest Coverage = 5.00
  10. Retention rate = 80%

Company: American States Water (NYSE:AWR)

Levered Free Cash Flow = 19.63M

Brief Overview

  1. Percentage Held by Insiders = 1.04
  2. Number of Institutional Sellers 12 Weeks = 1
  3. Short Ratio = 7.1
  4. Relative Strength 52 weeks = 80
  5. Cash Flow 5-year Average = 3.08
  6. Profit Margin = 11.21%
  7. Operating Margin = 23.25%
  8. Quarterly Revenue Growth = 13.1%
  9. Quarterly Earnings Growth = 33.3%
  10. Operating Cash Flow = 86.00M
  11. Beta = 0.51
  12. Percentage Held by Institutions = 62.6%
  13. Short Percentage of Float = 3.7%

Growth

  1. Net Income ($mil) 12/2011 = 33
  2. Net Income ($mil) 12/2010 = 30
  3. Net Income ($mil) 12/2009 = 30
  4. Net Income Reported Quarterly ($mil) = 10
  5. EBITDA ($mil) 12/2011 = 114
  6. EBITDA ($mil) 12/2010 = 104
  7. EBITDA ($mil) 12/2009 = 104
  8. Cash Flow ($/share) 12/2011 = 4.08
  9. Cash Flow ($/share) 12/2010 = 3.43
  10. Cash Flow ($/share) 12/2009 = 3.43
  11. Sales ($mil) 12/2011 = 399
  12. Sales ($mil) 12/2010 = 361
  13. Sales ($mil) 12/2009 = 361
  14. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2007 = 1.52
  15. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2008 = 1.48
  16. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2009 = 1.64
  17. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2010 = 1.64
  18. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2011 = 2.02

Dividend history

  1. Dividend Yield = 2.77
  2. Dividend Yield 5 Year Average 03/2012 = 2.93
  3. Dividend 5 year Growth 03/2012 = 3.24

Dividend sustainability

  1. Payout Ratio 03/2012 = 0.47
  2. Payout Ratio 5 Year Average 03/2012 = 0.59

Performance

  1. 5 Year History EPS Growth 03/2012 = 9.33
  2. ROE 5 Year Average 03/2012 = 9.45
  3. ROE 5 Year Average 12/2011 = 9.3
  4. Return on Investment 03/2012 = 6.06
  5. Debt/Total Cap 5 Year Average 03/2012 = 45.96
  6. Current Ratio 03/2012 = 1.6
  7. Current Ratio 5 Year Average = 1.01
  8. Quick Ratio = 1.56
  9. Cash Ratio = 0.98
  10. Interest Coverage Quarterly = 3.92

Notes

This is a true dividend champion. It has consecutively increased dividends for 58 years.

Company: Leggett & Platt, Incorporated (NYSE:LEG)

Levered Free Cash Flow = $240 million

Basic Overview

  1. Relative Strength 52 weeks = 57
  2. Cash Flow 5 -year Average = 2.17
  3. Short Ratio = 5%
  4. Profit Margin = 4%
  5. Operating Margin = 7%
  6. Quarterly Revenue Growth = 5.7%
  7. Quarterly Earnings Growth = -2.2%
  8. Operating Cash Flow = $347M
  9. Beta = 1.15

Growth

  1. Net Income ($mil) 12/2011 = 153
  2. Net Income ($mil) 12/2010 = 177
  3. Net Income ($mil) 12/2009 = 112
  4. Cash Flow ($/share) 12/2011 = 2.02
  5. Cash Flow ($/share) 12/2010 = 2.05
  6. Cash Flow ($/share) 12/2009 = 1.78
  7. Sales ($mil) 12/2011 = 3636
  8. Sales ($mil) 12/2010 = 3359
  9. Sales ($mil) 12/2009 = 3055
  10. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2007 = 1.18
  11. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2008 = 0.88
  12. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2009 = 0.86
  13. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2010 = 1.16
  14. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2011 = 1.12

Dividend history

  1. Dividend Yield = 5.4
  2. Dividend Yield 5 Year Average = 5.4
  3. Dividend 5 year Growth = 10%

Dividend sustainability

  1. Payout Ratio = 1.07
  2. Payout Ratio 5 Year Average = 1.02

Performance

  1. Next 3-5 Year Estimate EPS Growth rate = 15
  2. ROE 5 Year Average 12/2011 = 9.83
  3. Current Ratio = 2.09
  4. Current Ratio 5 Year Average = 2.36
  5. Quick Ratio = 1.34
  6. Cash Ratio = 0.48
  7. Interest Coverage Quarterly = 2.48

Notes

It also falls under the "dividend champions" category as it has consecutively raised its dividends for 40 years.

Company: Kimberly Clark (NYSE:KMB)

Basic Overview

  1. Short Ratio = 3.5%
  2. Levered free cash flow = $1.95 billion.
  3. Profit Margin = 8.2%
  4. Operating Margin = 13.9%
  5. Quarterly Revenue Growth = 4.2%
  6. Quarterly Earnings Growth = 33%
  7. Operating Cash Flow = $2.62B
  8. Beta = 0.16

Growth

  1. Net Income ($mil) 12/2011 = 1591
  2. Net Income ($mil) 12/2010 = 1843
  3. Net Income ($mil) 12/2009 = 1884
  4. EBITDA ($mil) 12/2011 = 3551
  5. EBITDA ($mil) 12/2010 = 3606
  6. EBITDA ($mil) 12/2009 = 3634
  7. Cash Flow ($/share) 12/2011 = 7.63
  8. Cash Flow ($/share) 12/2010 = 6.75
  9. Cash Flow ($/share) 12/2009 = 6.62
  10. Sales ($mil) 12/2011 = 20846
  11. Sales ($mil) 12/2010 = 19746
  12. Sales ($mil) 12/2009 = 19115
  13. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2007 = 4.24
  14. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2008 = 4.06
  15. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2009 = 4.72
  16. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2010 = 4.68
  17. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2011 = 4.8

Dividend history

  1. Dividend Yield = 3.5
  2. Dividend Yield 5 Year Average = 3.8
  3. Dividend 5 year Growth = 7.3

Dividend sustainability

  1. Payout Ratio = 0.66
  2. Payout Ratio 5 Year Average = 0.55

Performance

  1. Next 3-5 Year Estimate EPS Growth rate = 6.55
  2. ROE 5 Year Average = 34.66
  3. Current Ratio = 1.16
  4. Current Ratio 5 Year Average = 1.16
  5. Quick Ratio = 0.73
  6. Cash Ratio = 0.25
  7. Interest Coverage Quarterly = 8.56

Notes

It has consecutively increased its dividends for 37 years and so also falls under the "dividend champions" category.

Conclusion

Long-term investors should wait for strong pullbacks before committing funds to the market. Also consider splitting the money you would deploy into any given position into 2-3 lots and then deploy one lot at a time.

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.

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

Disclaimer: It is imperative that you do your due diligence and then determine if the above plays meets with your risk tolerance levels. The Latin maxim caveat emptor applies-let the buyer beware

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