High Dividend Payers with Improving Fundamentals

Harry Domash |

Piggy_Bank.jpgAround 15 years ago, Joseph Piotroski, an accounting professor at University of Chicago, formulated a strategy for pinpointing value-priced stocks likely to outperform the overall market.
 

In a nutshell, Piotroski’s strategy involved defining a universe of cheap stocks, based on price to book ratios. From that universe, he pinpointed those with the best track records of improving fundamentals, which he defined as increasing profitability while at the same time cutting debt. Over the years, stocks meeting Piotroski’s requirements have been shown to outperform other value-based strategies, as well as the overall market.

I’ve been experimenting with adapting Piotroski’s principals to high-dividend payers, but not necessarily value-priced stocks. I’ve maintained Piotroski’s basic strategy, but tinkered with the details, particularly, putting more emphasis on cash flow growth.

My version, which I creatively dubbed, High-Dividend Payers with Improving Fundamentals,” has produced promising results over a variety of time periods. However, as you’ve heard; historical results don’t necessarily predict the future. So, with that caveat, here’s my current list. 

  Ticker

              Name

Recent Price

  Dividend Yield

 $GAS

    AGL Resources

     50.07

        4.1%

 $CMTL

           Comtech        Telecommunications

     35.25

        3.4%

 $CMRE

          Costamare

     19.60

        5.7%

  $DIN

           DineEquity

    104.49

        3.4%

 $PLOW

      Douglas Dynamics

     21.90

        4.0%

  $DUK

          Duke Energy

     79.84

        4.0%

  $ETR

             Entergy

     79.12

        4.2%

 $SCHN

 Schnitzer Steel Industries

     17.19

        4.4%

 $TRGP

     Targa Resources

     93.93

       3.3%

 $WDR

 Waddell & Reed Financial

     49.94

       3.4%

 $WILN

              Wi-LAN

      2.71

       6.1%

 

As is the case with the results produced by any screen, consider these stocks to be research candidates, not a buy list. My testing has found good results for holding periods as short as four weeks. So, I’ll revisit the list in a month and report on the results.

 

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Companies

Symbol Name Price Change % Volume
WDR Waddell & Reed Financial Inc. 19.31 0.37 1.95 1,275,404
CMRE Costamare Inc. $0.0001 par value 5.66 0.06 1.07 1,131,882
TRGP Targa Resources Inc. 53.34 0.72 1.37 1,837,468
WILN Wi-LAN Inc 1.41 0.04 2.92 125,958
CMTL Comtech Telecommunications Corp. 11.78 0.23 1.99 277,861
GAS AGL Resources Inc. (Holding Co.) n/a n/a n/a 0
DIN DineEquity Inc 84.49 -0.67 -0.79 322,201
PLOW Douglas Dynamics Inc. 32.35 0.50 1.57 69,180
ETR Entergy Corporation 69.38 0.10 0.14 1,922,432
SCHN Schnitzer Steel Industries Inc. 30.20 1.20 4.14 427,819
DUK Duke Energy Corporation (Holding Company) 73.61 0.19 0.26 3,559,201

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