Kelloggs Company– Stock Analysis for Dividend Portfolio

logo_kelloggsKellogg’s Company (K) is a leading producer of ready-to-eat cereal, and also sells convenience foods such as cookies, crackers, cereal bars, fruit snacks, and frozen waffles.

For starter, K is neither a Dividend Aristocrat nor member of Broad Dividend Achiever. This is primarily because it had flat dividends between 2001 and 2004. However, it has paid consistent and stable dividends (without cutting) since 1985. The most recent dividend increase was in August 2009. My objective here is to analyze if how it rates on my scale of risk-to-dividends.

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Dividends Keep Inching Upwards

Among quite a few dividend raises this quarter, following were few selected ones that I was have been reading about as potential dividend growth opportunities.

Verizon Communication (VZ): The 2Q09 earning per share was $0.52 (vs. $0. in 1Q09).

  • The key highlight was reduced earnings on y-o-y basis (vs. $0.66 in 1Q08).
  • There was y-o-y growth in operating revenue (11.3%) and free cash flow.
  • Quarterly dividend of $0.46/share is barely getting covered with earnings. This quarter’s payout ratio is at 88%.

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