For Immediate Release
Chicago, IL – January 9, 2023 – Today, Zacks Investment Ideas feature highlights Archer Daniels Midland ADM, Sherwin-Williams SHW and Aflac AFL.
3 Soon-to-Be-Divided Kings
Many investors pivot to the Dividend Aristocrats when looking to generate an income stream. After all, it’s easy to understand why; these companies have upped their payouts for a minimum of 25 consecutive years, which displays their reliable nature.
While that’s impressive, there’s even a step above the Dividend Aristocrats.
Let me introduce you to Dividend Kings, those that have shown an unparalleled commitment to shareholders through 50+ years of increased dividend payouts.
Interestingly enough, several stocks are gearing up to burst into the elite club, including Archer Daniels Midland, Sherwin-Williams and Aflac.
Let’s take a closer look at each one.
Archer Daniels Midland
Archer Daniels Midland is a leading producer of food and beverage ingredients and goods made from various agricultural products. ADM currently sports a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).
ADM’s annual dividend currently yields 1.9%, below its Zacks Consumer Staples sector average. Still, the company’s 4% five-year annualized dividend growth rate helps to pick up the slack.
In addition, it’s hard to ignore ADM’s quarterly performance; the company has exceeded the Zacks Consensus EPS Estimate by double-digit percentages in four consecutive quarters.
In its latest release, Archer Daniels Midland registered a sizable 31% EPS beat and reported revenue nearly 8% above expectations.
The company has a favorable growth profile for its current fiscal year (FY22), with earnings forecasted to climb 44% Y/Y. Still, the growth cools down in FY23, with estimates indicating a 15% Y/Y pullback in earnings.
Sherwin-Williams manufactures and sells paints, coatings, and other related products. As it stands, the company carries a favorable Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).
SHW’s annual dividend currently yields a respectable 1.1%, just a few ticks below its Zacks Construction sector average. Impressively, the company’s payout has grown by a double-digit 20% over the last five years.
Growth is more than apparent, with the Zacks Consensus EPS Estimate of $8.71 for FY22 indicating an improvement of nearly 7% Y/Y. And in FY23, the company’s bottom line is forecasted to expand a further 19%.
Aflac is an American insurance company and a massive supplier of supplemental insurance within the U.S. Currently, AFL carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
Aflac rewards its shareholders via its annual dividend that currently yields 2.2%, modestly below its Zacks Finance sector average.
In addition, valuation multiples aren’t stretched, further reinforced by its Style Score of a “B” for Value. Currently, AFL shares trade at a 13.6X forward earnings multiple, modestly above the five-year median and nearly in line with its Zacks sector average.
Investors enjoy few things more than consistent, reliable dividends. After all, getting paid is an incredible feeling.
And when looking to build an income stream, many turn to the Dividend Aristocrats, companies that have successfully upped their payouts for a minimum of 25+ consecutive years.
However, a step above is the elite Dividend Kings group, those who have done it for 50+ years, putting their shareholder-friendly nature on full display.
All three stocks above – Archer Daniels Midland, Sherwin-Williams and Aflac – are knocking on the door of the elite club.
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