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Company: Ameren Corp (AEE)

Brief Overview

  1. Levered Free Cash Flow = 472.88M
  2. Relative Strength 52 weeks = 81
  3. Cash Flow 5-year Average = 6.32
  4. Profit Margin = 0.63%
  5. Operating Margin = 19.73%
  6. Quarterly Revenue Growth = -13%
  7. Operating Cash Flow = 1.71B
  8. Beta = 0.31
  9. Percentage Held by Institutions = 1.5%
  10. Short Percentage of Float = 1.8%

Growth

  1. Net Income ($mil) 12/2011 = 519
  2. Net Income ($mil) 12/2010 = 139
  3. Net Income ($mil) 12/2009 = 612
  4. Net Income Reported Quarterly ($mil) = -403
  5. EBITDA ($mil) 12/2011 = 2116
  6. EBITDA ($mil) 12/2010 = 1796
  7. EBITDA ($mil) 12/2009 = 2250
  8. Cash Flow ($/share) 12/2011 = 5.98
  9. Cash Flow ($/share) 12/2010 = 6.17
  10. Cash Flow ($/share) 12/2009 = 5.91
  11. Sales ($mil) 12/2011 = 7531
  12. Sales ($mil) 12/2010 = 7638
  13. Sales ($mil) 12/2009 = 7090
  14. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2007 = 3.25
  15. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2008 = 2.95
  16. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2009 = 2.79
  17. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2010 = 2.75
  18. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2011 = 2.56

Dividend history

  1. Dividend Yield = 4.8
  2. Dividend Yield 5 Year Average = 5.6
  3. Dividend 5 year Growth = -11.36

Dividend sustainability

  1. Payout Ratio 5 Year Average = 0.66

Performance

  1. Next 3-5 Year Estimate EPS Growth rate = 0.3
  2. ROE 5 Year Average = 8.65
  3. Current Ratio = 1.32
  4. Current Ratio 5 Year Average = 1.23
  5. Quick Ratio = 0.89
  6. Cash Ratio = 0.58
  7. Interest Coverage Quarterly = 1.37

Notes

Investors should consider waiting for a pullback before getting into this play as it has had a pretty strong run up over the past 12 months or consider selling puts at strikes you would not mind owning the stock at. The benefit here is that you either get in at price of your choosing, or you get paid for trying to.

Company: Walgreen Co (WAG)

Levered Free Cash Flow = 2.38B

Brief Overview

  1. Percentage Held by Insiders = 0.05
  2. Number of Institutional Sellers 12 Weeks = N/A
  3. 3 Month Percentage Chg Short Interest = n/a
  4. Short Ratio = 4.9
  5. Relative Strength 52 weeks = 33
  6. Cash Flow 5-year Average = 2.97
  7. Profit Margin = 3.54%
  8. Operating Margin = 5.28%
  9. Quarterly Revenue Growth = -3.4%
  10. Quarterly Earnings Growth = -10.9%
  11. Operating Cash Flow = 4.02B
  12. Beta = 1.2
  13. Percentage Held by Institutions = 66.8%
  14. Short Percentage of Float = 3.4%

Growth

  1. Net Income ($mil) 12/2011 = 2714
  2. Net Income ($mil) 12/2010 = 2091
  3. Net Income ($mil) 12/2009 = 2006
  4. Net Income Reported Quarterly ($mil) = 537
  5. EBITDA ($mil) 12/2011 = 5451
  6. EBITDA ($mil) 12/2010 = 4488
  7. EBITDA ($mil) 12/2009 = 4222
  8. Cash Flow ($/share) 12/2011 = 3.9
  9. Cash Flow ($/share) 12/2010 = 3.21
  10. Cash Flow ($/share) 12/2009 = 3
  11. Sales ($mil) 12/2011 = 72184
  12. Sales ($mil) 12/2010 = 67420
  13. Sales ($mil) 12/2009 = 63335
  14. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2007 = 2.02
  15. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2008 = 2.17
  16. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2009 = 2.02
  17. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2010 = 2.12
  18. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2011 = 2.64

Dividend history

  1. Dividend Yield = 3.6
  2. Dividend Yield 5 Year Average 03/2012 = 1.73
  3. Dividend 5 year Growth 03/2012 = 23.18

Dividend sustainability

  1. Payout Ratio 03/2012 = 0.35
  2. Payout Ratio 5 Year Average 03/2012 = 0.26

Performance

  1. Next 3-5 Year Estimate EPS Growth rate = 11.53
  2. 5 Year History EPS Growth 03/2012 = 5.8
  3. ROE 5 Year Average 03/2012 = 16.09
  4. Return on Investment 03/2012 = 13.31
  5. Debt/Total Cap 5 Year Average 03/2012 = 10.71
  6. Current Ratio 03/2012 = 1.54
  7. Current Ratio 5 Year Average = 1.58
  8. Quick Ratio = 0.53
  9. Cash Ratio = 0.22
  10. Interest Coverage Quarterly = 51.35

Company: Hewlett Packard (HPQ)

Levered Free Cash Flow = 4.14B

Brief Overview

  1. Percentage Held by Insiders = 1
  2. Short Ratio = 2.3%
  3. Relative Strength 52 weeks = 21
  4. Cash Flow 5-year Average = 5.47
  5. Profit Margin = 4.21%
  6. Operating Margin = 7.79%
  7. Quarterly Revenue Growth = -3%
  8. Quarterly Earnings Growth = -30.9%
  9. Operating Cash Flow = 9.27B
  10. Beta = 143%
  11. Percentage Held by Institutions = 74.9%
  12. Short Percentage of Float = 2.5%

Growth

1. Net Income ($mil) 12/2011 = 7074

2. Net Income ($mil) 12/2010 = 8761

3. Net Income ($mil) 12/2009 = 7660

4. Net Income Reported Quarterly ($mil) = 1593

5. EBITDA ($mil) 12/2011 = 14851

6. EBITDA ($mil) 12/2010 = 15794

7. EBITDA ($mil) 12/2009 = 14195

8. Cash Flow ($/share) 12/2011 = 8.18

9. Cash Flow ($/share) 12/2010 = 6.92

10. Cash Flow ($/share) 12/2009 = 5.98

11. Sales ($mil) 12/2011 = 127245

12. Sales ($mil) 12/2010 = 126033

13. Sales ($mil) 12/2009 = 114552

14. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2007 = 2.93

15. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2008 = 3.62

16. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2009 = 3.85

17. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2010 = 4.58

18. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2011 = 4.88

Dividend history

  1. Dividend Yield = 2.8
  2. Dividend Yield 5 Year Average 12/2011 = 0.91
  3. 4. Dividend 5 year Growth = 3.8

Dividend sustainability

1. Payout Ratio 03/2012 = 0.12

2. Payout Ratio 5 Year Average 03/2012 = 0.09

Performance

  1. Next 3-5 Year Estimate EPS Growth rate = 4.2
  2. 5 Year History EPS Growth 03/2012 = 11.67
  3. ROE 5 Year Average 03/2012 = 23.86
  4. Return on Investment 03/2012 = 13.34
  5. Debt/Total Cap 5 Year Average 03/2012 = 23.92
  6. Current Ratio 03/2012 = 1.16
  7. Current Ratio 5 Year Average = 1.15
  8. Quick Ratio = 0.86
  9. Cash Ratio = 0.44
  10. Interest Coverage Quarterly = 9.14
  11. Retention rate = 88%

Company: Pitney Bowes Inc (PBI)

Levered free cash flow = $580.3 Million

Basic overview

  1. Quarterly earnings growth = 83.9%
  2. Quarterly revenue growth = - 5.10%
  3. Beta = 1.21
  4. Operating margins= 14.9%
  5. Profit margins= 13.2%
  6. Operating cash flow = $719.4 million
  7. Short percentage of float= 31%
  8. Cash Flow 5 -year Average = 4.28
  9. Percentage held by institutions = 96.1%

Growth

  1. Net Income ($mil) 12/2011 = 617
  2. Net Income ($mil) 12/2010 = 292
  3. Net Income ($mil) 12/2009 = 423
  1. EBITDA ($mil) 12/2011 = 817
  2. EBITDA ($mil) 12/2010 = 838
  3. EBITDA ($mil) 12/2009 = 1032
  4. Net Income Reported Quarterly ($mil) = 262
  5. Cash Flow ($/share) 12/2011 = 4.31
  6. Cash Flow ($/share) 12/2010 = 3.76
  7. Cash Flow ($/share) 12/2009 = 3.92
  1. Sales ($mil) 12/2011 = 5278
  2. Sales ($mil) 12/2010 = 5425
  3. Sales ($mil) 12/2009 = 5569
  1. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2007 = 2.71
  2. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2008 = 2.78
  3. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2009 = 2.28
  4. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2010 = 2.23
  5. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2011 = 2.26

Dividend history

  1. Dividend Yield = 10.8
  2. Dividend Yield 5 Year Average = 5.80
  3. Dividend 5 year Growth = 2.74

Dividend sustainability

  1. Payout Ratio = 0.43
  2. Payout Ratio 5 Year Average = 0.58

Performance

  1. ROE = 127.8%
  2. Return on Investment = 11.1
  3. Current Ratio = 1.10
  4. Current Ratio 5 Year Average = 1.09
  5. Quick Ratio = 0.8
  6. Cash Ratio = 0.36
  7. Interest Coverage = 4.10
  8. Sales Vs 1 year ago = - 2.7%
  9. 5 year sales growth = - 2.86
  10. EPS 5 year growth rate = - 0.23
  11. Retention rate = 67%

Notes

This is an example of a stock that pays a high yield but has performed dismally for the past several years. It is now trading at multi decade lows. One way to trade this play would be wait for a retest of the 12.50-13.00 ranges lows and then open up long positions in this stock. Or alternatively sell puts at strikes you would not mind owning the stock at. Consider taking some profits off the table when it trades in the 16.00-18.00 ranges and close the rest of the position out if it trades in the 20-22 ranges.

Company: Nuance Communication Inc (NUAN)

Brief Overview

  1. Percentage Held by Insiders = 25.17
  2. Levered Free Cash Flow = 326.40M
  3. Number of Institutional Sellers 12 Weeks = 8
  4. Short Ratio = 5.4
  5. Relative Strength 52 weeks = 66
  6. Cash Flow 5-year Average = 1.02
  7. Profit Margin = 3.23%
  8. Operating Margin = 10.1%
  9. Quarterly Revenue Growth = 22.4%
  10. Quarterly Earnings Growth = -48.7%
  11. Operating Cash Flow = 388.02M
  12. Beta = 1.41
  13. Percentage Held by Institutions = 92.3%
  14. Short Percentage of Float = 11.5%

Growth

  1. Net Income ($mil) 12/2011 = 38
  2. Net Income ($mil) 12/2010 = -19
  3. Net Income ($mil) 12/2009 = -19
  4. Net Income Reported Quarterly ($mil) = 1
  5. EBITDA ($mil) 12/2011 = 238
  6. EBITDA ($mil) 12/2010 = 197
  7. EBITDA ($mil) 12/2009 = 202
  8. Cash Flow ($/share) 12/2011 = 1.74
  9. Cash Flow ($/share) 12/2010 = 1.41
  10. Cash Flow ($/share) 12/2009 = 1.31
  11. Sales ($mil) 12/2011 = 1319
  12. Sales ($mil) 12/2010 = 1119
  13. Sales ($mil) 12/2009 = 950
  14. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2007 = 0.57
  15. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2008 = 0.7
  16. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2009 = 0.86
  17. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2010 = 0.89
  18. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2011 = 1.14

Performance

  1. Next 3-5 Year Estimate EPS Growth rate = 13.08
  2. ROE 5 Year Average = 11.66
  3. Debt/Total Cap 5 Year Average = 33.07
  4. Current Ratio = 1.57
  5. Current Ratio 5 Year Average = 1.82
  6. Quick Ratio = 1.8
  7. Cash Ratio = 1.21
  8. Interest Coverage Quarterly = 1.62

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.

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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