They say never begin a post with a question. Who am I to listen to that kind of advice because most often I start my stock search with a question and today's question is what tech stock with growth potential can also pay me a dividend while I wait?
I am not going to write about Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) or Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) or even Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM), as I have covered them as dividend machines. This week, I have been looking at other names and I found 2 worth writing about.
I looked at the holdings in the ETF managed by SPR that concentrates on technology that trades under the XLK symbol. Two stocks are of interest.
Skyworks Solutions (NASDAQ:SWKS)
Skyworks states they empower the wireless networking revolution. I must tell you a personal story here about wireless networking. I use AT&T (NYSE:T) Uverse in more than one location. As I move between these locations, I can change my television service from the 450 channels to the basic channels to save money, but I can never get the internet cost to less than $40 a month in each location.
Verizon (NYSE:VZ) suggested I try their Ellipsis Jetpack. The device is cheap and the monthly fee is half of what Uverse charges, and I only need one device. It even works in the car. Believe me it is fast. But, there is always a but, if I cancel Uverse and use only the Verizon Jetpack, my computer and printer will not talk to each other. I spent hours with tech support at Microsoft and Verizon, and they assured me that it was not to be.
The moral of this personal story is wireless networking still needs a revolution and perhaps SWKS will pay me as we go.
In the table below, you can see the fundamentals I use to evaluate a dividend stock applied to SWKS. Readers know that I require EPS (earnings per share) exceed dividend paid out. I like to see dividend growth over recent years exceed expected inflation, and I must see a good balance sheet. Revenue growth is good to see and covered call potential is definitely a positive. However, I do not fool myself into thinking that just covered call potential will make up for a plunge in the stock price, should some unexpected catalyst negatively affect my stock.
Xilinx (NASDAQ:XLNX) Fundamentals:
Xilinx symbol XLNX is the second stock that stood out. The fundamentals I used to evaluate XLNX are presented in the table below.
Compare SWKS And XLNX
In comparing the two stocks, it is not a perfect match. Xilinx is more involved in the chips end of technology rather than wireless networking. Xilinx delivers a better dividend, but less revenue growth. Both have good covered call potential, and you can see a dollar invested buys about the same amount of revenue, earnings and dividend.
I will probably buy both of these stocks and see how it works out. I get paid to wait. My usual technique is to buy enough that I can sell calls on part of my position. Xilinx works better since it trades at half of SWKS' price. You never want to put too much money into any one stock or any one sector.
These are two stocks to consider if you are a dividend investor interested in technology that goes beyond the usual Intels and Microsofts. Why look beyond Intel and Microsoft because Intel has slow growth and Microsoft is expensive.