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The "IndexBeating" Dividend Portfolio

|Includes:Ares Capital (ARCC), BEP, BHB, BIP, GLW, MNR, TRTN

In the following article I will show you how to build a diverse portfolio of stocks as mentioned in my last post that have a combined yield of 5.2% as of market close on 9/19/13. All of the stocks have strong businesses, consistently grow revenues and cash flows, and reward shareholders with dividend payouts. Following posts will provide in depth analysis of each company mentioned here.

Brookfield Infrastructure Partners (NYSE:BIP) 20% of portfolio

Brookfield Infrastructure owns and operates a diversified global portfolio of real assets which generate steady, growing cash flows. Management has a great track record of making accretive acquisitions and returning cash to shareholders. The current yield is about 4.5% and the quarterly payout has grown by over 50% since 2010.

The current payout ratio (calculated by dividing the quarterly distribution by the FFO per share) was 55% as of the second quarter of 2013. Management targets a 60-70% payout, which means there is room for further distribution increases. FFO stands for "Funds From Operations" and is a metric commonly used in real estate and other real asset businesses alongside EPS. About 90% of cash flow is generated from regulated businesses or long-term contracts.

Brookfield's assets include toll roads in Brazil and Chile, railroads and a coal exporting terminal in Australia, natural gas pipelines in the US, ports in Europe, and electric transmission systems in Colombia. These might seem like a random hodgepodge of businesses, however they have a common theme of generating recurring revenues that grow over time. They also have high barriers to entry which makes competition much less of a concern.

The largest holder of BIP is Brookfield Asset Management, which is also the manager of Brookfield Infrastructure.

Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners (NYSE:BEP) 20%

Brookfield Renewable is another member of the Brookfield family and operates renewable energy assets. Their assets include hydroelectric plants, wind farms, and pumped storage systems. Pumped storage is a way to store power by pumping water uphill into a reservoir at night when power is cheap, and then letting it flow downhill to spin turbines and generate power during the day when electric rates are higher.

95% of revenues are contracted for the current year, with at least 80% contracted over each of the next five years. This gives investors comfort that there will be revenues to support the distribution, which is currently 5.4%, for the foreseeable future.

The current entity was formed when Brookfield Asset Management combined its directly held renewable energy assets with the previously existing Brookfield Renewable Power. This vehicle became the primary entity through which Brookfield will acquire and develop renewable energy assets. The partnership displayed this when it acquired $600mm worth of hydroelectric plants from Alcoa last year. The new entity moved from Pink Sheets to NYSE earlier this year which should provide greater exposure to investors.

Monmouth Real Estate Investment Corp (NYSE:MNR) 15%

Monmouth is a relatively small REIT which yields 6.6% and owns warehouses throughout the US. The primary tenant is FedEx, which makes up about half of the tenant base. The other half is comprised of high quality tenants such as Coca-Cola, Anheuser-Busch and Kellogg Co. Although this would seem to imply concentration risk, FedEx is a strong and growing company which benefits from the long term trend towards e-commerce, so I am comfortable with the exposure.

Monmouth consistently grows their portfolio, earlier this month they acquired warehouses in Green Bay, WI and Rochester, MN for a combined $11.8mm.

Bar Harbor Bankshares (NYSEMKT:BHB) 15%

Bar Harbor Bank is a small regional bank in Maine that operates a safe bank with a traditional business model of taking in deposits and lending it to businesses and consumers. The stocks yield 3.4% and the board has typically grown the quarterly dividend by about a penny every year.

Earnings have shown consistent growth and the stock trades at 11.5x TTM earnings, roughly in line with larger peers such as PNC, WFC, and KEY. Given the small market cap ($140mm) and geography there is a chance the company could be acquired in the future which provides upside optionality.

TAL International Group (NYSE:TAL) 10%

TAL International Group is an owner and lessor of shipping containers. Given the cyclical nature of shipping, the stock was hit hard in the recession and the dividend was cut, but since then the stock and quarterly dividend have reached new all time highs, which shows the strength of management. The stock yields 5.8% and the board has been raising the dividend consistently since 2010.

While it is the riskiest of the stocks discussed so far, it provides significantly higher growth potential and benefits from growth in global trade.

Ares Capital Corp (NASDAQ:ARCC) 10%

Ares is a business development company, or BDC, which is a type of company that provides financing to growing companies. They receive special tax treatment at the corporate level if they return 90% of income to shareholders.

Ares is dependent on borrowing, so when credit markets froze it performed poorly. I believe holding a small piece of the dividend portfolio is riskier securities such as ARCC is prudent given the higher yield of 8.6%. Although the dividend was reduced in 2009, it was only cut by 17% and has since grown to over 90% of pre-recession levels.

Corning (NYSE:GLW) 10%

Corning is not typically thought of as a dividend stock, but after reinstating the dividend in 2007 it has doubled from five cents per quarter to ten cents, which translates to a yield of 2.7%.

Potential earnings growth for Corning are massive. There are several products in the pipeline which could add significantly to earnings. The history of Corning shows their ability to innovate and adapt to new markets, as evidenced in recent years by their production of glass for smartphones and televisions.

Corning should continue to grow earnings and dividends consistently, and with the stock trading at just over 11x TTM earnings, the stock price looks like it has potential to grow as well.

Disclosure: I am long BIP, BEP, BHB, GLW, MNR. I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it. I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article.