Are you a dividend investor searching for stocks that not only offer moderate yields with sustainable payouts, but also substantial near-term growth ahead? Today we screened for companies with these specific traits, and narrowed our focus to only stocks that analysts have rated as "Buy" or "Strong Buy". We came up with a short and intriguing list of companies.
EPS growth (earnings per share growth) illustrates the growth of earnings per share over time. The 1-Year Expected EPS Growth Rate is an annual growth estimate, where the growth projections are made by analysts, the company or other credible sources.
We first looked for dividend stocks. We next screened for businesses that are considered high-growth, with 1-year projected EPS growth above 25%. We then screened for businesses that analysts rate as "Buy" (2 < mean recommendation < 3). We did not screen out any market caps or sectors.
Do you think these stocks should be priced higher? Use our list to help with your own analysis.
1) UGI Corporation (UGI)
UGI Corporation has a Dividend Yield of 3.47%, a Payout Ratio of 60.79%, a 1-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate of 35.48%, and an Analysts' Rating of 1.70. The short interest was 1.09% as of July 18, 2012. UGI Corporation, through its subsidiaries, distributes and markets energy products and related services in the United States and internationally. It distributes propane to approximately 1.3 million customers comprising residential, commercial/industrial, motor fuel, agricultural, and wholesale customers; and sells, installs, and services propane appliances, including heating systems.
The company also distributes liquid petroleum gas (LPG) to residential, commercial, industrial, agricultural, and automobile fuel customers for space and water heating, cooking, process heat, forklifts, transportation, construction work, industrial processing, crop drying, power generation, and irrigation, as well as provides logistic and storage services to third-party LPG distributors.
2) ClickSoftware Technologies Ltd. (CKSW)
|Industry:||Internet Software & Services|
ClickSoftware Technologies Ltd. has a Dividend Yield of 4.27%, a Payout Ratio of 93.04%, a 1-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate of 68.75%, and an Analysts' Rating of 1.80. The short interest was 1.91% as of July 18, 2012. ClickSoftware Technologies Ltd. provides software products and solutions for workforce management and optimization in the Americas, Israel, the Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.
It offers Field Service Daily Suite that covers automatic decision making and optimization support to manage field service operations; Roster Suite, which covers shift planning needs for managers and employees; and ClickMobile and Mobility Suite that covers the needs of mobile individual and back-office staff for field data communication.
The company also provides ClickSchedule that optimizes service scheduling and routing to improve workforce productivity; ClickAnalyze, which offers reporting, monitoring, and service business analytics for workforce performance measurement and strategic decision support; ClickLocate that captures the location information of a field service engineer and vehicle; ClickContact, a customer interaction management solution; ClickRoster that provides interactive and automated workforce shift planning based on forecasted workload; ClickPlan, which offers interactive and automated workforce planning for staffing and deployment; and ClickForecast that enable companies to project workforce capacity.
3) International Paper Co. (IP)
|Industry:||Paper & Paper Products|
International Paper Co. has a Dividend Yield of 3.25%, a Payout Ratio of 38.47%, a 1-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate of 29.07%, and an Analysts' Rating of 1.90. The short interest was 1.99% as of July 18, 2012. International Paper Company operates as a paper and packaging company in North America, Europe, Latin America, Russia, Asia, and North Africa. The company's Industrial Packaging segment manufactures containerboards, including linerboard, medium, whitetop, recycled linerboard, recycled medium, and saturating kraft.
Its Printing Papers segment produces printing and writing papers, such as uncoated and coated papers used in copiers, desktop and laser printers, and digital imaging; market pulp for use in the manufacture of printing, writing, and specialty papers, as well as towel and tissue products, and filtration products; and uncoated bristols. The company's Consumer Packaging segment offers coated paperboard for various packaging and commercial printing end uses, such as food, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, computer software, tobacco products, greeting cards, paperback book covers, lottery tickets, direct mail, and point-of-purchase advertising.
*Company profiles were sourced from Finviz. Financial data was sourced from Google Finance and Yahoo Finance.
Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.