Two months ago, I wrote SDividend Yield: A Simple Indicator to Add to the Dividend Investing Toolbox, a post about a dividend indicator for finding high sustainable dividends. Since then, the ten stocks in the S&P 500 with the highest SDividend yields have outperformed the S&P 500 by almost 4% and the Dow Jones Select Dividend Index by 1.5%. Given the strong performance, I thought I would revisit the indicator and update the table.
Research has indicated that stocks with high yields and low payout ratios outperform stocks with high yields alone. To take advantage of this strategy, I created the SDividend yield, an indicator that “adjusts” the dividend for the payout ratio. Combining two indicators into one not only allows me to find stocks with high payout adjusted yields, it also allows me to easily compare one stock against another.
Because of the method of calculation, the value of the SDividend yield is lower than the normal dividend yield. The median SDividend yield for dividend paying stocks in the S&P 500 is around 1.1%, while the median of the normal dividend yield is around 2%.
||greater than 1.57
||greater than 3.25
||between 1.07 and 1.57
||between 2.11 and 3.25
||between 0.58 and 1.07
||between 1.14 and 2.11
||less than 0.58
||less than 1.14
Below is a list of the 10 stocks in the S&P 500 with the highest SDividend yield. Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. (PEG), Time Warner Cable Inc. (TWC), The Travelers Companies Inc. (TRV), and Entergy Corporation (ETR) are new to this list, replacing The Chubb Corporation (CB), American Electric Power Co., Inc. (AEP), FPL Group Inc. (FPL), and Lockheed Martin Corporation (LMT)
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|| Dividend Yield (%)
||SDividend Yield (%)
|Merck & Co. Inc.
|Eli Lilly & Co.
|Cincinnati Financial Corp.
|Constellation Energy Group Inc.
|Public Service Enterprise Group Inc.
|Time Warner Cable Inc.
|The Travelers Companies Inc.
The Enterprise Value / Revenue ratio (“EV/Rev”) is an indicator similar to the Price / Sales ratio but with a difference that can make it superior. While both indicators have sales in the denominator, Enterprise Value / Revenue substitutes price with an alternative known as enterprise value.
Enterprise Value = Market Cap – Cash & Equivalents + Debt + Minority Interest + Preferred Shares
Often simplified as Market Cap – Cash & Equivalents + Debt
Enterprise value can be thought of as the true price of a business since buying a business includes receiving its cash and taking on its debt. Using enterprise value instead of market cap in a valuation metric has the effect of penalizing debt and rewarding cash.
However, problems arise when we look at stocks with the lowest EV/Rev.
The companies with the lowest positive ratios are those that have almost as much cash as market cap plus debt. When a company has more cash than market cap plus debt, the ratio becomes negative and can no longer be compared to other companies even though it may be a better value than a company with a low EV/Rev.
On the other hand, this is not a problem with large cap stocks. Stocks with negative enterprise values are mostly micro-cap stocks with troubled operating history.
In short, Enterprise Value / Revenue has an advantage over the similar Price / Sales ratio but also has a problem when applied to micro-cap stocks. Although it should not be the only indicator used to determine which stocks to invest in, it can be a powerful tool when combined with other indicators.
A few more thoughts:
- Free cash flow, or operating cash flow could be used instead of revenue, as could book value or earnings.
- Enterprise Value / Revenue compared to projected growth could be used similarly to the PEG ratio.
- Enterprise Value / Revenue data is available on Yahoo Finance.
- The median Enterprise Value / Revenue ratio is near 1.5.
Enterprise Value to Revenue is a component of our stock ratings, which combine multiple indicators into a single market beating system.
S&P 1500 Stocks with the Lowest Enterprise Value to Revenue Ratio
||Enterprise Value / Revenue
|WellCare Health Plans Inc.
|Health Net Inc.
|Ingram Micro Inc.
|Tech Data Corp.
|Molina Healthcare Inc.
|World Fuel Services Corp.
|Cardinal Health Inc.
|Office Depot Inc.
|Kelly Services Inc.
|Eastman Kodak Co.
|The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company Inc.
|Nash Finch Co.
|Novatel Wireless Inc.
|Stewart Information Services Corp.