Some of the safest utilities originally published at "long-term-investments.blogspot.com". Many people say that utilities have a higher degree of safety because of the stability and the relationships to the clients. That's primarily true but utilities have also two big burdens. They don't grow fast and if they grow they need big amounts of money. The second problem is that most of the utilities are very capital intensive and they fulfill their needs with credits. That's normally no problem because a Utility has a stable cash flow.
Today I like to look at the safest dividend stocks from the utility sector. 123 equities are available. I screen all of them with a market capitalization over USD 10 billion and beta ratio below one.
Linked is a list of the 20 best yielding companies. Three of them are High-Yields and eight have a buy or better recommendation.
Here is the full table with some fundamentals:
Take a closer look at the full list. The average P/E ratio amounts to 18.41 and forward P/E ratio is 15.19. The dividend yield has a value of 4.24 percent. Price to book ratio is 1.87 and price to sales ratio 1.84. The operating margin amounts to 19.14 percent and the beta ratio is 0.48. Stocks from the list have an average debt to equity ratio of 1.44.
Related stock ticker symbols:
CPL, EXC, CIG, FE, ETR, PPL, DUK, PEG, SO, ED, PCG, AEP, NGG, TRP, D, DTE, XEL, CNP, NU, NEE