8 Dividend Aristocrats Go Ex-Dividend This Week, Part 2

Includes: BDX, GPC, LEG, VFC
by: Timothy O'Rourke

During the week of December 3rd eight Dividend Aristocrats will go Ex-Dividend. They are Brown-Forman Co (NYSE:BF.B), Stanley Black & Decker (NYSE:SWK), Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT), Kimberly-Clark (NYSE:KMB), Genuine Parts Co (NYSE:GPC), Leggett & Platt (NYSE:LEG), VF Corp (NYSE:VFC), and Becton, Dickinson & Co (NYSE:BDX). In this article the second four will be reviewed. Part one was published on 12/03/12.

Genuine Parts Co Ex-Dividend 12/05/12

GPC distributes automotive replacement parts, industrial replacement parts office products and electrical/electronic materials throughout North America. The company operates three divisions: the Automotive Parts Group, the Industrial Parts Group, and the Office Products Group.

As of the close of business Monday the stock was trading at $64.65 and an annual dividend yield of 3.00%. In 2000 GPC was paying $0.2754 per quarter in dividends, today it is paying $0.495 a quarter in dividends.

Genuine Parts Group Key Ratios
Enterprise Value 10.20B
Profit Margin 4.82%
Return on Assets 10.13%
Operating Cash Flow 892.34M
Levered Free Cash Flow 555.50M

Leggett & Platt -Ex-Dividend 12/06/12

LEG designs and processes various engineered components worldwide. This company operates in four divisions: Residential Furnishings, Commercial Fixtures & Components, Industrial Materials, and Specialized Products. They make everything from bed frames to lumbar massage systems. LEG pretty much makes any consumer or industrial product that steel goes into.

As of the close of trading Monday LEG was trading at $27.43 and offering a dividend yield of 4.20%. Back in 2000 the quarterly dividend was $0.10 a quarter. Today the quarterly dividend is 0.2899.

Leggett & Platt Key Ratios
Enterprise Value 4.73B
Profit Margin 4.93%
Return on Assets 6.19%
EBITDA 426.60M
Operating Cash Flow 367.90M
Levered Free Cash Flow 225.25M

VF Corp -Ex-Dividend 12/06/12

VF Corp sells clothing, apparel, footwear and outdoor clothing as well as skateboard and surfboard inspired clothing, and is the officially licensed producer of MLB, NFL, and Harley-Davidson brand apparel.

As of the close of business Monday this stock was trading at $161.05 with a yield of 2.20%. In 2000 the company was offering a dividend of $0.22 a quarter. Today it is paying $0.72 a quarter.

VF Corp Key Ratios
Enterprise Value 19.95B
Profit Margin 9.38%
Return on Assets 8.43%
Operating Cash Flow 1.21B
Levered Free Cash Flow 527.69M

Becton, Dickinson & Co -Ex-Dividend 12/06/12

BDX manufactures medical devices, instrument systems, and reagents worldwide. The company operates three divisions: the BD Medical unit, the BD Diagnostics unit, and the BD Biosciences unit. This company sells everything from needles to rapid diagnostic assays and fluorescence-activated (animal) cell sorters.

As of the close of the markets Monday this stock was trading at $76.24 and paying an annual dividend yield of 2.60%. In 2000 the company was paying a $0.0925 dividend per quarter. Today it is paying $0.45 dividend quarterly.

Becton, Dickinson & Co Key Ratios
Enterprise Value 17.08B
Profit Margin 15.18%
Return on Assets 8.96%
Operating Cash Flow 1.76B
Levered Free Cash Flow 951.71M

Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours. I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it (other than from Seeking Alpha). I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article.