The excitement of cool products released by Apple (AAPL), recent news of Facebook's (FB) woes and other innovations garners the most attention by the media. Often, investors can look beyond the media hype to find less glamorous companies that produce outstanding financial results. These companies are frequently classified as "boring" stocks -- as such, they don't get much media attention. However, these companies continue to focus on growing their businesses in their core areas year after year. Investors should take a look at these two companies that are producing excellent income growth and increasing dividends.
Healthcare Services Group, Inc. (HCSG) provides housekeeping, laundry, linen, facility maintenance, and dietary services to nursing homes, retirement complexes, rehabilitation centers, and hospitals in the United States. Healthcare Services Group, with a market cap of $1.43 billion, continues to grow revenues and income while increasing dividends each quarter.
Healthcare Services Group reported that revenues for the three months ended June 30, 2012 increased over 26% to $267,108,000 compared to the same 2011 period. Net income for the three months ended June 30, 2012 increased 15% to $11,320,000 or $0.17 per share, compared to the 2011 second quarter. Healthcare Services Group is projected to increase EPS 21% next year.
Additionally, the company increased its quarterly cash dividend to $0.16375 per common share. This represents the 37th consecutive regular quarterly cash dividend payment, as well as the 36th consecutive increase since Healthcare Service Group's initiation of regular quarterly cash dividend payments in 2003. The company has a current dividend yield of 3.11%, with a 5-year average dividend growth rate of 18%.
Healthcare Services Group has a 12-month price target of $24 based on projected EPS. Healthcare Services Group has an equity summary score of 7.7 out of 10, for a bullish outlook.
Safety Insurance Group, Inc. (SAFT) is the parent of Safety Insurance Company, Safety Indemnity Insurance Company, and Safety Property and Casualty Insurance Company which are Boston, MA-based writers of property and casualty insurance. Safety Insurance has a market cap of $698 million with a P/E of 14.5. Safety Insurance has produced significant income growth in 2012 and increased its dividend 20%.
Safety Insurance Group reported that net income for the quarter ended June 30, 2012 increased over 315% to $17.0 million, or $1.11 per share, compared to the same 2011 period. Net income for the six months ended June 30, 2012 was $34.2 million, or $2.24 per diluted share, compared to $0.1 million, or $0.01 per diluted share, for the comparable 2011 period.
Direct written premiums for the quarter ended June 30, 2012 increased by $12.7 million, or 7.3%, from the comparable 2011 period. Direct written premiums for the six months ended June 30, 2012 increased by $24.9 million, or 7.4%, from the comparable 2011 period.
Safety Insurance declared an increase in the quarterly cash dividend from $0.50 to $0.60 per share, an increase of 20%. Additionally, the company has a current dividend yield of 5.26% with a 5-year average dividend growth rate of 19%.
Safety Insurance has a 12-month price target of $51 based on projected EPS. The company has an equity summary score of 8.3 out of 10, for a bullish outlook.
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