The Dividend Dogs Rule
The "dog" moniker was earned by stocks exhibiting three traits: (1) paying reliable, repeating dividends, (2) their prices fell to where (3) yield (dividend/price) grew higher than their peers. Thus, the highest yielding stocks in any collection became known as "dogs." More specifically, these are, in fact, better termed, "underdogs".
Eight of Eleven Sectors Featured MoPay Firms With More Cash Margin For Dividends
Real estate, financial services, energy, consumer cyclical, basic materials, healthcare, utilities, industrials and utilities were represented by the 39 companies whose dividends were backed by sufficient cash cushions as of March 10.
The distribution of firms from all sectors showed: real estate (15); financial services (8); energy (4); consumer cyclical (7); basic materials (1); healthcare (1); utilities (1); industrials (2); consumer defensive (0); communication services (0); technology (0).
The top ten MoPay equity firms by yield, however, represented only the first two sectors on the list above.
39 MoPay Firms Showing Total Annual Returns over 5% Were Backed By Sufficient Cash Flow Margin to Cover Dividends
Periodic Safety Check
You see below the list that passed the dividend "stress" test. These 39 MoPay equity dogs report sufficient annual cash flow yield to cover their anticipated annual dividend yield. The margin of excess is shown in the bold face "Safety Margin" column.
Financial guarantees however are easily over-ruled by a cranky board of directors or company policy cancelling or varying the payout of dividends to shareholders.
For example, from the US list, Prospect Capital (PSEC) reduced its dividend from $.111 To $.083 as of January 2015. Also, American Capital Agency (AGNC) announced July 27 a reduction of its $.20 monthly shareholder payout to $.18 as of September. A more recent example is dividend reductions by Capitala Finance (CPTA) from $0.207 per month in December 2015 to $0.157 in January 2016 and a further reduction to $0.13 per month in October 2016.
This article asserts that adequate cash flow is a strong justification for a company to sustain annual dividend increases.
Three additional columns of financial data listed after the Safety Margin figures reveal payout ratios (lower is better), total annual returns, and dividend growth levels for each stock. This data is provided to reach beyond yield to select reliable payout stocks.
Total annual returns were used to select (and list above) the 97 baseline MoPay dogs for this article. Those 1 year positive returns may give this collection a boost on gains for this coming year. Positive results in all five columns after the dividend ratio is remarkable as a positive financial signal.
Dividend vs. Price Compared to The "Safe" Dow Dogs and Funds
Ten top "safe" MoPay dividend dog US and Canadian Exchange stocks by yield were graphed below as of 3/10/17 and compared to those of the "Safe" Dow and Funds. Annual dividend history from $1000 invested in each of the ten highest yielding stocks and their aggregate single share price created the data points shown in green for price and blue for dividends.
Actionable Conclusions: (1) "Safe" Top MoPay Dogs Dividend Were 90% & 82% Of Price While (2) Top 10 "Safe" Dow Dogs Dividend Was 23% Of Their Price And (3) Top Ten Funds Dividend Was 89%.
Ten top "Safe" MoPay US & Canadian Exchange dog aggregate single share price was calculated as 10% & 18% of the dividend amount derived from $10k invested as $1k in each of the top ten stocks.
Meanwhile, "Safe" Dow dogs aggregate single share price for top ten yielding dogs was 77% more than the dividend derived from $10k invested as $1k in each of the top ten stocks.
Funds also showed a strong price advantage with share price calculated as 11% of the dividend amount derived from $10k invested as $1k in each of the top ten. (See 64 MoPay Funds listed in an index at the bottom of this article.)
As a result, the Dow dog overbought conditions (where aggregate single share price of the ten exceeded projected annual dividend from $10k invested as $1k in each) creates a huge pricing disadvantage for new investors.
The Overbought Dow vs. MoPay Equities and Funds
The "Safe" Dow Dogs remain overbought and overpriced. Meaning, these are low risk and low opportunity Dow dogs. The "Safe" Dow top ten average price per dollar of annual dividend was $33.25 as of March 10.
In contrast to the Dow, "Safe" US MoPay dividend dogs top ten average price per dollar of annual dividend was $9.77 as of 3/10/17. That amount was 29% of the price paid for a dollar of Dow Dog annual dividend.
Compared to the Dow, "Safe" Canadian MoPay dividend dogs top ten average price per dollar of annual dividend was $14.89 as of 3/10/17. That amount was 45% of the price paid for a dollar of Dow Dog annual dividend.
However the best advantage over the Dow was shown by MoPay dividend Fund dogs, whose top ten average price per dollar of annual dividend was $7.08 as of 3/10/17. That amount was 21% of the price paid for a dollar of Dow Dog annual dividend.
To quantify top dog rankings, analyst mean price target estimates provide a "market sentiment" gauge of upside potential. Added to the simple high yield "dog" metric, analyst mean price target estimates provided another tool to dig out bargains.
Actionable Conclusion (4): Wall St. Wizards Wished A 3.43% 1 yr. Average Upside and 9.45% Net Gain For Top 30 March "Safe" MoPay Equities
Top dogs on the MoPay "Safe" equity list were graphed above to compare relative strengths by dividend and price as of March 10, 2017 with those projected by analyst mean price target estimates to the same date in 2018.
Historic prices and actual dividends paid from $10,000 invested as $1K in each of the ten highest yielding stocks and the aggregate single share prices of those ten stocks created the data points applied to 2017. Projections based on estimated increases in dividend amounts from $1000 invested in the ten highest yielding stocks and aggregate one year analyst mean target prices as reported by Yahoo Finance created the 2018 data points in blue for dividend and green for price. Note: one year target prices from one analyst were not applied (n/a).
Analysts projected a 3% lower dividend from $10K invested as $1k in the top ten March MoPay dogs while aggregate single share price was projected to increase by 4.5% in the coming year.
The number of analysts contributing to the mean target price estimate for each stock was noted in the next to the last column on the above chart. Three to nine analysts were considered optimal for a valid projection estimate. Estimates provided by one analyst were usually not applied (n/a).
A beta (risk) ranking for each stock was provided in the far right column. A beta of 1 meant the stock's price would move with the market. Less than 1 showed lower than market movement. Higher than 1 showed greater than market movement. A negative beta number indicated the degree of a stock price movement opposed to market direction.
Actionable Conclusion (5): Analysts Expected Top Ten MoPay "Safe" Dog Stocks to Net 10.87% to 32.4% Gains To March, 2018
Four of the ten top dividend Utilities "safe" dogs (shaded in the chart above) were verified as being among the Top ten gainers for the coming year based on analyst 1 year target prices. Thus the dog strategy for this MoPay equities group as graded by analyst estimates for March proved 40% accurate.
Ten probable profit generating trades were illustrated by YCharts analytics for 2018:
Orchid Island Capital (ORC) netted $324.07 based on a mean target price estimate from one analyst plus dividends less broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to volatility 43% more than the market as a whole.
OneREIT (ONR.UN.TO) [ONRTF] netted $200.05 based on dividends plus median target price estimate from three analysts less broker fees. A Beta number was not available for ONRTF.
Keg Royalties Income (KEG.UN.TO) [KRIUF] netted $197.00 based on dividend, plus a median target price estimate from one analyst, less broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to volatility 28% less than the market as a whole.
Smart Real Estate (SRU.UN.TO) [CWYUF] netted $170.85 based on target estimates from nine analysts, plus dividends less broker fees. A Beta number was not available for CWYUF.
Capitala Finance (CPTA) netted $167.10 based on estimates from eleven analysts plus dividends less broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to volatility equal to the market as a whole.
Gladstone Investment (GAIN) netted $159.52 based on four analyst target estimates, plus projected annual dividend less broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to volatility 34% less than the market as a whole.
EPR Properties (EPR) netted $142.15 based on targets by eleven brokers plus dividends less broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to volatility 29% less than the market as a whole.
Alaris Royalty (AD.TO) [OTC:ALARF] netted $132.68 based on estimated target prices from eleven brokers, plus dividends less broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to volatility 22% less than the market as a whole.
Plaza Retail (PLZ.UN.TO) [OTC:PZRIF] netted $127.77 based on target pice estimates from six analysts, plus dividends, less broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to volatility 65% less than the market as a whole.
Inter Pipeline (IPL.TO) [OTCPK:IPPLF] netted $108.71, based on targets from twelve brokers, plus dividends minus broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to volatility 20% less than the market as a whole.
Average net gain in dividend and price was 17.4% on $1k invested in each of these ten Real Estate dog stocks. This gain estimate was subject to average volatility 32% less than the market as a whole.
Actionable Conclusion (5): (Bear Alert) Analysts Expected One MoPay Dog To Average 3.3% Losses By March, 2018
A probable losing trade revealed by Thomson/First Call in Yahoo Finance by 2018 was:
Gladstone Capital (GLAD) projected a loss of $33.39 based on dividend and a median target price estimates from three analysts including $20 of broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to volatility 19% more than the market as a whole.
Dog Metrics Revealed No Bargains In Small "Safe" Dividend MoPay Equities
Ten "Safe" top MoPay firms that showed the biggest yields March 10 per YCharts data ranked themselves by yield as follows:
Actionable Conclusions: (1) Analysts Asserted 5 Lowest Priced of Ten "Safe" Dividend High Yield Monthly Pay Dividend Dogs Will Deliver 7.59% VS. (2) 10.97% Net Gains from All Ten by March, 2018
$5000 invested as $1k in each of the five lowest priced stocks in the "safe" ten MoPay kennel by yield were determined by analyst 1 year targets to deliver 30.84% LESS net gain than $5,000 invested as $.5k in all ten. The sixth lowest priced safe dividend MoPay dog, Orchid Island Capital (ORC) showed the best net gain of 32.41% per analyst targets.
Lowest priced five "safe" MoPay dogs as of March 10 were: OneREIT; Gladstone Investment (GAIN); Gladstone Capital (GLAD); Prospect Capital; Artis REIT (OTCPK:ARESF), with prices ranging from $3.58 to $9.54.
Higher priced five Safe Dividend MoPAy dogs as of March 10 were: Orchid Island Capital; Great Elm Capital; Capitala Finance; Solar Senior Capital; AGNC Investment, with prices ranging from $9.62 to $19.34.
This distinction between five low priced dividend dogs and the general field of ten reflects the "basic method" Michael B. O'Higgins employed for beating the Dow. The added scale of projected gains based on analyst targets contributed a unique element of "market sentiment" gauging upside potential. It provided a here and now equivalent of waiting a year to find out what might happen in the market. Its also the work analysts got paid big bucks to do.
Caution is advised, however, because analysts are historically just 20% to 80% accurate on the direction of change and about 0% to 20% accurate on the degree of the change.
The net gain estimates mentioned above did not factor-in any foreign or domestic tax problems resulting from distributions. Consult your tax advisor regarding the source and consequences of "dividends" from any investment.
Stocks listed above were suggested only as possible starting points for your safest Real Estate dog dividend stock research process. These were not recommendations.
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Graphs and charts were compiled by Rydlun & Co., LLC from data derived from www.ycharts. com; www.finance.yahoo.com; analyst mean target price by Thomson/First Call in Yahoo Finance. Dog photo from: doggybagchew.wordpress.com
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