Waste Management Inc – Stock Analysis for Dividend Growth Portfolio

logo_wm_headerWaste Management Inc. (WM) provides integrated waste management services in North America. The company is engaged in collection, transfer, recycling, disposal, and waste-to-energy services. WM is neither a dividend aristocrat nor a dividend achiever. In fact, WM has started showing some dividend growth trends in last five years. While I am presenting and showing data from last 10 years, I am only using last five years of dividend data. My objective here is to understand if WM has any potential to be a dividend achiever.

Trend Analysis
Since WM has recently started growing dividends, I am looking at trends for past 5 years of corporation’s revenue and profitability. The parameters should show consistently growth trends. The trend charts is shown in image below and for background reference I have plotted data for past 10 years.

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Investing for Capital Appreciation or Dividend Income?

investingI am very sure that every dividend investors would have received this question. While dividend investors can ignore responding to folks with trading philosophy, sometimes it does become difficult to argue with value investors. Value investors who in general are looking to invest below book value sometime have an argument that focusing on dividend is not that critical. Business should be applauded for reinvesting profits back into business to grow. In essence, either create additional value or continuously increase value for their shareholder. That is a good argument. However, the key here is “creating value for the shareholders”.

Each individual will look at this differently. For me, “creating value for shareholder” is how much I am getting back in return. In simplistic terms, what is in there for me? From purely business standpoint, typically, value creation means increasing value of its business (and hence increasing stock value). Managements use combination of funding sources (debt, equity, leverage, etc.) to continuously increase the value of its business.

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John Wiley & Sons – Stock Analysis for Dividend Growth Portfolio

wiley-logoJohn Wiley & Sons, Inc. publishes print and electronic products that provide content and digital solutions. It operates in three segments, viz., (1) Scientific, Technical, Medical, and Scholarly; (2) Professional/Trade; and (3) Higher Education. Segment 1 products include journals, encyclopedias, books, databases, and laboratory manuals in various publishing areas. Segment 2 products includes books, subscription content, and information services in subject such as business, technology, architecture, professional culinary, psychology, education, travel, health, religion, consumer reference, pets, and general interest. Segment 3 products focus on courses in business and accounting, sciences, engineering, computer science, math, social sciences, and other academic course material. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. was founded in 1807 and is based in Hoboken, New Jersey.

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BDX – Stock Analysis for Dividend Growth Portfolio

bd_logoThis article was originally published on The DIV-Net, on May 28, 2009.

Becton, Dickinson and Company (BDK) is a medical technology company that serves healthcare institutions, life science researchers, clinical laboratories, industry and the general public. BD operates in three different market segments viz. medical supplies and devices, laboratory equipments, and diagnostic products. BD is headquartered in the United States and has offices in nearly 50 countries worldwide.

BDX is a dividend achiever and has been paying growing dividends for last 10 years. In one of my earlier post, I listed few companies that may have potential for dividend growth investments. I had shortlisted BDX for more analysis. Keeping with that, my objective here is to analyze if BDX is a good dividend growth stock and how it will rate on my scale of risk-to-dividends.

Trend Analysis

Here I am looking at trends for past 8 years of corporation’s revenue and profitability. These parameters should show consistently growth trends. The trend charts and data summary are shown in images below. continue reading rest of the article….

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