Raytheon: Overpriced, But Still Looking At Strong Dividend Growth

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  • Geopolitical instability is on the rise and RTN will be able to benefit from this situation due to its strong international presence.
  • The company increased its dividend by a 12.08% annualized return for the past decade.
  • There is still room for additional dividend growth.

Investment Thesis

After the budget sequester put a great deal of fear around military and defense contractors, we went into a surprising bullish market for all of them. In fact, I doubt there was a better sector to put your money in over the past five5 years. Out of the top 10 “war lords,” only one didn’t double its value. All the others did even more than that…

Source: Ycharts

I'm a happy shareholder of Lockheed Martin (LMT) for several years and I’m looking to add another military defense company in my portfolio. Today, I’m looking at the possibility of buying shares of Raytheon (RTN).

Understanding the Business

Raytheon is one of the 10 major U.S. defense contractors along with Lockheed Martin, Boeing (BA), General Dynamics (GD), Northrop Grumman (NOC), United Technologies (UTX), L-3 Communications (LLL), Huntington Ingalls (HII) and Harris Corporation (HRS). RTN has five business segments, but four of them represent 98% of its business and are equally important.

Source: Raytheon Investor Fact Sheet

Author’s chart, data from RTN 2016 annual report

The company is mainly present in the U.S. but about a third of its business comes from other countries.

Source: Raytheon Investor Fact Sheet

You could think RTN is well diversified with an international segment representing almost a third of its business. However, according to RTN's 2016 annual report, 12% of its foreign sales are coming from the U.S. government as well. Therefore, a total of 79% of RTN sales (67% + 12%) depends on the U.S. government.


Source: Ycharts

In order to support growth after the budget sequestration in 2013, Raytheon quickly purchased Websense, a cybersecurity firm. The company paid nearly $2 billion in order to boost its revenue. After a difficult period between 2012 and 2016, the company seems on the right track to boost its revenue. Geopolitical instability is on the rise and RTN will be able to benefit from this situation due to its strong international presence.


Source: Ycharts

RTN earnings haven’t been a complete straight uptrend, but management recently raised its guidance for the end of the year. Management also continues to buy back shares massively.

Source: Ycharts

With both revenues and earnings going up and the number of outstanding shares going down, there is a lot of good news for investors. RTN also is a shareholder-friendly company in terms of the dividend.

Dividend Growth Perspective

RTN successfully increased its dividend payment for 13 consecutive years. This makes it part of the elite Dividend Achievers list. The Dividend Achievers Index refers to all public companies that have successfully increased their dividend payments for at least 10 consecutive years. At the time of writing this article, there were 265 companies that achieved this milestone. You can get the complete list of Dividend Achievers with comprehensive metrics here.

Source: Ycharts

I agree with you that a dividend yield of 1.63% is far from being appealing if you seek to increase your portfolio income. However, keep in mind that the company increased its dividend by a 12.08% annualized return for the past decade. The stock price nearly tripled during this period. This explains why the yield is so low.

Source: Ycharts

Investors can expect additional increases in the future with both payout and cash payout ratios under 50%. In fact, the company is in a strong position of growth and will definitely continue raising its dividend in the high single to double-digit growth rate.

Potential Downsides

The biggest problem I see with RTN is common in this sector. All defense contractors are highly depending on the U.S. government budget to growth their business. We see how budget restraints affected RTN sales in the past and this could happen in the future.

While the U.S. economy is doing better, the consequences of the 2008 financial crisis is still looming over our head. The U.S. government raised its debt to an unprecedented level and a cut in the military budget will be among the solutions on the table.

The fact all military contractors shares skyrocketed over the past five years makes it very difficult for any investors to enter in a new position at the moment. If we fear the market is overvalued after a 77% bull market over the past five years (as at October 6 th 2017), imagine where RTN stands with a 238% (excluding dividend) stock surge. The return to reality may be brutal.


Raytheon stock has been riding the latest bull market like a king. The stock price soared by 261% since January 1, 2009. Can we enter now and hope the stock will continue to rise? Let’s take a look at how the market valued RTN for the past 10 years:

Source: Ycharts

From this graph, you can see that RTN has never been valued at a higher price. In general, a 25 (nearly 26) PE ratio is a high price to pay. Considering the stock has never been trading at a higher multiple, this is not good news.

Since I’m a dividend investor, I also will use the Dividend Discount Model to determine RTN value. I used an 8% dividend growth rate for the first 10 years and 7% afterward. Those are the exact growth metrics I used to value Lockheed Martin a few months ago.

Input Descriptions for 15-Cell Matrix


Enter Recent Annual Dividend Payment:


Enter Expected Dividend Growth Rate Years 1-10:


Enter Expected Terminal Dividend Growth Rate:


Enter Discount Rate:


Discount Rate (Horizontal)

Margin of Safety




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10% Premium




Intrinsic Value




10% Discount




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Please read the Dividend Discount Model limitations to fully understand my calculations.

I don’t think RTN could drop down to $123 tomorrow morning. In fact, the key in this valuation is probably the discount model where RTN shows to be trading at fair value if you use a 9% discount rate. On the other side, if you use the same metrics with LMT, you will discover that it is a much better deal than RTN.

Final Thought

In the light of this analysis, I get to three conclusions. #1 Raytheon is a strong company with lots of dividend growth potential. #2 I would be a happy shareholder if I had the chance to pick up RTN a few years ago. #3 I don’t there is much upside right now to RTN. I will stick to my LMT shares and keep a close look to Raytheon in the future.

Disclaimer: I do not hold RTN in my DividendStocksRock portfolios.

I’m long LMT.

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My name is Mike and I’m the author of The Dividend Guy Blog & The Dividend Monk along with the owner and portfolio manager here at Dividend Stocks Rock (DSR). I earned my bachelor degree in finance-marketing, own a CFP title along with an MBA in financial services. Besides being a passionate investor, I’m also happily married with three beautiful children. I started my online venture to educate people about investing and to be able to spend more time with my family. I started my career in the financial industry back in 2003. I earned several promotions along with a good pile of diplomas. I had lots of fun working with clients in private banking for half a decade, but thought I could do more with my life. In 2016, I decided to take a leap of faith and left everything behind to travel across North America and Central America with my family. We drove through nine countries and stayed three months in Costa Rica before returning home. This was an eye-opening adventure that led me in 2017 to quit my job in the financial industry and pursue my dream; helping others with their personal finance through my investing websites. You just found the reason why I quit my suit & tie job!

Disclosure: I am/we are long LMT. 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.

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