Updated on December 6th, 2019 by Bob Ciura
Table data updated daily
This article examines securities in The Sure Analysis Research Database with:
- Yields of 5% or greater
- Dividend Risk Scores of C or better
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With yields between 5% and 10%, these securities all offer high dividends (or distributions). And with Dividend Risk Scores of C or better, they don’t suffer from the usual excessive riskiness of truly high yielding securities.
All stocks in this list have dividend yields above 5%, making them highly appealing in an environment of falling interest rates. Stocks were further screened based on a qualitative assessment of business model strength, competitive advantages, and debt levels.
In other words, these are relatively safe, high yield income stocks for you to consider adding to your retirement or pre-retirement portfolio.
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You can also see these securities in the table below.
|Name||Price||Dividend Yield||Market Cap ($M)||Forward P/E Ratio||Payout Ratio||Beta|
|Arbor Realty Trust, Inc.||14.78||7.5||1,444||10.4||78.0||0.73|
|Ares Commercial Real Estate Corp.||15.62||8.3||450||12.0||99.5||0.45|
|Advanced Emissions Solutions, Inc.||10.51||9.5||195||5.8||55.2||0.61|
|American Finance Trust, Inc.||14.41||7.6||1,538||-129.6||-989.2||0.55|
|AGNC Investment Corp.||17.31||11.9||9,363||-8.6||-102.1||0.33|
|A.H. Belo Corp.||2.90||11.0||62||4.8||53.3||0.28|
|Ashford Hospitality Trust, Inc.||2.73||13.2||278||-1.5||-19.5||1.10|
|Great Ajax Corp.||15.10||8.5||307||8.4||71.5||0.54|
|Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance, Inc.||18.53||9.9||2,845||14.0||138.7||0.54|
|ARMOUR Residential REIT, Inc.||17.49||12.7||1,029||-1.5||-19.3||0.49|
|Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc.||3.02||6.6||84||7.8||51.4||0.56|
|Blue Capital Reinsurance Holdings Ltd.||6.84||26.5||60||-2.6||-68.4||0.51|
|Bluerock Residential Growth REIT, Inc.||12.36||5.3||277||-15.0||-79.0||0.39|
|Brixmor Property Group, Inc.||21.83||5.1||6,501||22.5||115.4||0.69|
|Berry Petroleum Corp.||8.51||5.6||689||3.9||21.9||1.54|
|Peabody Energy Corp.||9.63||5.7||932||3.3||18.9||1.19|
|Blackstone Mortgage Trust, Inc.||36.76||6.7||4,936||15.5||104.5||0.48|
|The Cato Corp.||18.49||7.1||455||12.7||90.3||0.77|
|CBL & Associates Properties, Inc.||1.14||13.2||228||-0.8||-10.6||1.79|
|The Chemours Co.||16.68||6.0||2,727||6.8||41.0||1.88|
|Cedar Realty Trust, Inc.||2.76||7.2||245||55.0||398.4||0.57|
|Cherry Hill Mortgage Investment Corp.||14.67||12.7||251||-2.5||-32.0||0.52|
|Chico's FAS, Inc.||4.03||8.6||478||-19.3||-166.0||1.35|
|Chesapeake Lodging Trust||27.17||5.9||1,651||17.4||102.4||-0.14|
|Chimera Investment Corp.||20.51||9.8||3,838||34.4||335.1||0.47|
|City Office REIT, Inc.||13.25||7.1||722||-34.8||-247.0||0.51|
|C&J Energy Services, Inc.||7.36||13.6||486||-1.5||-21.0||0.24|
|Chatham Lodging Trust||18.40||7.2||863||42.0||301.5||0.65|
|Colony Credit Real Estate, Inc.||13.81||12.6||1,775||-3.1||-38.7||0.86|
|Colony Capital, Inc.||4.81||9.1||2,346||-1.5||-13.8||0.87|
|CIM Commercial Trust Corp.||14.48||8.3||211||0.6||5.3||0.72|
|Capstead Mortgage Corp.||7.91||5.1||748||-8.6||-43.3||0.56|
|Compass Minerals International, Inc.||55.60||5.2||1,883||33.3||172.6||1.47|
|Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc.||3.86||20.0||278||-9.5||-189.8||1.16|
|Cohen & Co., Inc.||3.00||13.3||3||-1.1||-14.0||0.45|
|CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust, Inc.||44.79||6.7||606||77.5||518.9||0.51|
|CorePoint Lodging, Inc.||10.15||7.9||581||-2.5||-19.4||1.26|
|CSS Industries, Inc.||4.34||9.2||38||-0.9||-8.6||0.88|
|Covanta Holding Corp.||14.70||6.8||1,932||272.2||1,851.9||0.85|
|CVR Energy, Inc.||42.47||7.1||4,269||10.2||72.1||1.22|
|Designer Brands, Inc.||16.63||6.0||1,208||23.9||143.5||1.28|
|Dean Foods Co.||0.10||29.7||9||0.0||-0.7||0.42|
|Diamond Hill Investment Group, Inc.||139.60||6.4||472||10.5||67.4||0.64|
|Dynex Capital, Inc.||16.88||12.4||387||-1.3||-16.1||0.50|
|Ellington Residential Mortgage REIT||11.22||11.1||139||53.8||594.7||0.39|
|Ellington Financial, Inc.||18.23||9.9||692||13.1||128.8||0.33|
|Evolution Petroleum Corp.||5.23||7.6||172||14.0||107.2||1.19|
|Elmira Savings Bank||15.06||6.1||52||15.1||92.3||0.02|
|Entercom Communications Corp.||5.01||5.8||689||-2.2||-12.5||1.36|
|Equitrans Midstream Corp.||9.49||13.8||2,417||144.9||2,000.0||1.13|
|Entravision Communications Corp.||2.78||7.2||235||-11.6||-83.3||0.77|
|Ford Motor Co.||9.02||6.7||35,764||21.9||145.8||0.96|
|Falcon Minerals Corp.||6.29||9.9||540||15.5||152.6||1.11|
|GAIN Capital Holdings, Inc.||4.08||5.9||152||-4.8||-28.3||0.85|
|Gannett Co., Inc.||6.02||25.2||739||-31.3||-789.2||0.06|
|The GEO Group, Inc.||13.49||14.2||1,635||9.9||140.5||0.93|
|Gaming & Leisure Properties, Inc.||42.61||6.4||9,148||28.4||181.3||0.51|
|Global Medical REIT, Inc.||13.97||5.7||563||37.2||213.0||0.22|
|Global Net Lease, Inc.||20.39||8.7||1,824||100.9||878.3||0.63|
|Gladstone Commercial Corp.||22.83||6.6||732||597.6||3,926.7||0.52|
|Granite Point Mortgage Trust, Inc.||18.35||9.2||1,006||13.3||121.3||0.45|
|Hunt Companies Finance Trust, Inc.||3.23||8.7||76||85.0||736.8||0.36|
|Helmerich & Payne, Inc.||40.68||7.0||4,411||-121.9||-851.3||1.30|
|Hospitality Properties Trust||25.28||8.4||4,157||17.1||144.1||0.70|
|Hersha Hospitality Trust||14.08||8.0||543||-23.7||-188.6||0.86|
|Industrial Logistics Properties Trust||21.68||6.1||1,413||23.9||145.2||0.61|
|Summit Hotel Properties, Inc.||12.24||5.9||1,287||19.9||117.0||0.76|
|Innophos Holdings, Inc.||31.95||6.0||629||29.4||176.7||1.10|
|Investors Real Estate Trust||75.70||6.5||972||0.67|
|Iron Mountain, Inc.||32.75||7.5||9,403||28.1||209.9||0.56|
|Invesco Mortgage Capital, Inc.||16.47||10.7||2,351||117.0||1,257.1||0.59|
|Jernigan Capital, Inc.||17.49||8.0||388||9.1||72.5||0.42|
|Janus Henderson Group Plc||24.88||5.8||4,664||11.6||66.8||1.02|
|KAR Auction Services, Inc.||20.98||5.9||2,800||11.8||69.9||0.63|
|Kentucky First Federal Bancorp||7.45||5.4||61||68.2||366.0||0.28|
|The Kraft Heinz Co.||31.09||5.9||37,965||-3.5||-20.5||0.46|
|Kimco Realty Corp.||21.18||5.3||8,942||28.2||149.3||0.63|
|KKR Real Estate Finance Trust, Inc.||20.49||8.4||1,177||13.8||116.0||0.39|
|Kite Realty Group Trust||18.98||6.7||1,593||-33.8||-226.4||0.83|
|Kronos Worldwide, Inc.||13.80||5.1||1,595||15.7||80.9||1.33|
|Ladder Capital Corp.||17.77||7.7||2,127||17.5||133.5||0.65|
|L Brands, Inc.||17.82||8.4||4,925||13.3||112.1||1.44|
|LSC Communications, Inc.||0.38||136.6||12||-0.1||-12.2||1.44|
|Manhattan Bridge Capital, Inc.||6.25||7.7||60||13.6||104.4||0.09|
|Merrimack Pharmaceuticals, Inc.||4.25||35.2||56||-1.6||-57.8||0.30|
|Moelis & Co.||34.50||5.7||2,508||13.9||79.2||1.17|
|Mercury General Corp.||49.45||5.1||2,737||13.3||67.3||0.73|
|MFA Financial, Inc.||7.66||10.4||3,460||10.7||111.9||0.46|
|Macquarie Infrastructure Corp.||42.90||9.3||3,709||26.1||243.1||0.83|
|AG Mortgage Investment Trust, Inc.||15.64||12.5||512||266.9||3,327.6||0.44|
|Altria Group, Inc.||50.41||6.4||94,172||53.2||341.9||0.66|
|National CineMedia, Inc.||6.80||10.0||1,094||15.8||157.6||0.97|
|New Media Investment Group, Inc.||6.70||22.7||405||-34.8||-789.2||0.78|
|National Health Investors, Inc.||81.68||5.1||3,590||22.6||114.8||0.36|
|Natural Health Trends Corp.||5.39||5.9||62||22.4||133.2||0.18|
|Nielsen Holdings Plc||20.16||6.9||7,173||-5.7||-39.6||1.00|
|Annaly Capital Management, Inc.||9.40||11.7||13,443||-2.3||-26.5||0.43|
|National Presto Industries, Inc.||86.99||6.9||608||18.9||130.1||0.72|
|New Residential Investment Corp.||15.81||12.7||6,569||18.8||238.2||0.78|
|New York Community Bancorp, Inc.||11.88||5.7||5,552||15.6||89.2||0.65|
|New York Mortgage Trust, Inc.||6.26||12.8||1,823||13.2||168.5||0.45|
|Omega Healthcare Investors, Inc.||42.48||6.2||9,281||26.0||161.8||0.46|
|One Liberty Properties, Inc.||27.48||6.6||546||43.2||282.7||0.52|
|Office Properties Income Trust||34.04||9.9||1,640||-11.3||-111.3||0.92|
|Orchid Island Capital, Inc.||5.69||16.9||358||-15.6||-263.4||0.62|
|Oritani Financial Corp.||18.60||5.4||839||15.9||85.7||0.00|
|OUTFRONT Media, Inc.||25.25||5.7||3,624||23.8||135.9||0.92|
|Occidental Petroleum Corp.||39.01||8.0||34,848||25.3||203.2||0.97|
|Pitney Bowes, Inc.||4.87||6.9||832||8.2||57.1||1.84|
|Pebblebrook Hotel Trust||26.46||5.7||3,456||-43.4||-249.3||1.11|
|Pattern Energy Group, Inc.||27.45||6.1||2,696||-26.6||-163.3||0.72|
|Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust||5.34||15.7||414||-3.7||-57.5||1.50|
|Park Hotels & Resorts, Inc.||24.41||8.4||5,843||20.9||175.2||0.91|
|Plymouth Industrial REIT, Inc.||18.65||8.0||250||-4.6||-37.2||0.32|
|Philip Morris International, Inc.||83.25||5.5||129,527||17.3||95.6||0.67|
|PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust||22.87||8.2||2,080||8.8||72.0||0.53|
|Pioneer Power Solutions, Inc.||2.41||56.8||21||-1.6||-92.3||0.07|
|ProPhase Labs, Inc.||2.08||12.0||24||-7.7||-92.1||-0.10|
|Ready Capital Corp.||15.62||10.2||704||9.2||94.0||0.53|
|Resolute Forest Products, Inc.||4.15||36.1||370||6.4||232.5||1.30|
|RLJ Lodging Trust||17.11||7.7||2,917||31.4||242.0||0.99|
|Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Inc.||8.85||5.4||53||20.4||110.5||0.18|
|Redwood Trust, Inc.||16.40||7.3||1,848||13.7||99.8||0.37|
|Rayonier Advanced Materials, Inc.||3.83||5.5||242||-3.9||-21.2||1.63|
|Sachem Capital Corp.||4.35||12.2||96||11.0||133.8||-0.06|
|Salem Media Group, Inc.||1.45||17.9||30||-1.5||-26.2||0.42|
|Sabra Health Care REIT, Inc.||22.07||8.2||4,274||571.8||4,663.2||0.67|
|Global Self Storage, Inc.||4.18||6.2||32||49.2||306.2||0.22|
|Signet Jewelers Ltd.||20.58||6.9||1,077||-4.8||-33.0||1.92|
|SITE Centers Corp.||14.32||5.6||2,775||68.3||381.7||0.74|
|Six Flags Entertainment Corp.||44.12||7.4||3,729||13.8||102.6||0.77|
|Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, Inc.||15.65||9.0||1,453||12.4||111.3||0.77|
|Spirit MTA REIT||0.70||188.5||30||-0.1||-19.9||0.40|
|Senior Housing Properties Trust||7.66||14.1||1,822||-11.7||-165.4||0.69|
|New Senior Investment Group, Inc.||7.78||6.7||645||-8.0||-53.2||0.65|
|Sotherly Hotels, Inc.||6.68||7.6||95||-14.5||-110.8||0.33|
|Simon Property Group, Inc.||148.24||5.5||97,911||21.3||118.0||0.61|
|Spark Energy, Inc.||10.43||7.0||366||-122.9||-853.9||0.47|
|Extended Stay America, Inc.||14.45||6.2||3,619||35.0||217.8||0.87|
|Starwood Property Trust, Inc.||24.81||7.7||6,994||16.2||125.4||0.52|
|Superior Industries International, Inc.||2.91||9.3||73||-12.5||-116.2||1.68|
|Taubman Centers, Inc.||31.72||8.4||1,941||-44.3||-373.9||0.73|
|TransDigm Group, Inc.||570.11||5.3||30,528||41.2||216.8||1.13|
|TerraForm Power, Inc.||15.56||5.1||3,532||-39.4||-201.2||0.53|
|TESSCO Technologies, Inc.||11.26||7.1||96||128.8||915.3||0.67|
|TFS Financial Corp.||19.54||5.2||5,471||68.4||356.9||0.46|
|Tailored Brands, Inc.||5.14||14.0||260||4.2||58.9||1.43|
|Tribune Publishing Co.||12.29||14.2||442||-21.9||-311.8||0.90|
|Targa Resources Corp.||35.83||10.2||8,340||-25.5||-258.8||1.41|
|Triton International Ltd.||37.85||5.5||2,734||8.7||47.6||1.08|
|TPG RE Finance Trust, Inc.||20.41||8.4||1,512||11.9||100.4||0.46|
|Tile Shop Holdings, Inc.||1.54||13.0||78||-58.8||-763.4||1.09|
|Tupperware Brands Corp.||7.85||19.0||383||3.8||71.6||0.90|
|Mammoth Energy Services, Inc.||1.66||15.1||74||1.5||22.4||1.41|
|Two Harbors Investment Corp.||14.68||11.9||4,006||-8.0||-94.6||0.58|
|Uniti Group, Inc.||6.95||10.8||1,343||38.3||413.2||1.35|
|Vector Group Ltd.||13.40||11.4||1,980||19.3||218.9||0.97|
|Virtu Financial, Inc.||16.64||5.8||3,173||44.8||258.3||-0.16|
|Waddell & Reed Financial, Inc.||16.49||6.1||1,159||8.6||51.9||1.22|
|Westwood Holdings Group, Inc.||29.96||9.6||265||28.7||275.5||0.82|
|The Williams Cos., Inc.||22.39||6.6||27,137||175.8||1,161.7||0.91|
|Western Asset Mortgage Capital Corp.||10.46||11.9||556||13.3||157.3||0.56|
|W.P. Carey, Inc.||81.74||5.1||14,081||34.6||174.9||0.30|
|Washington Prime Group, Inc.||3.76||26.6||701||24.6||653.2||1.29|
|Weingarten Realty Investors||31.18||5.1||4,012||13.3||67.4||0.59|
|Exantas Capital Corp.||11.90||7.1||379||12.8||91.4||0.51|
|Xenia Hotels & Resorts, Inc.||21.47||5.1||2,418||17.4||89.0||0.98|
|Name||Price||Dividend Yield||Market Cap ($M)||Forward P/E Ratio||Payout Ratio||Beta|
Table Of Contents
The 10 highest-yielding securities with Dividend Risk scores of C or better are listed in order by dividend yield, from lowest to highest.
- AbbVie Inc. (ABBV)
- Universal Corporation (UVV)
- Superior Plus Corp (SUUIF)
- Kohl’s Corporation (KSS)
- Office Properties Income Trust (OPI)
- Altria Group (MO)
- Enterprise Products Partners (EPD)
- Invesco Ltd. (IVZ)
- Tanger Factory Outlet Centers (SKT)
- Energy Transfer LP (ET)
10. AbbVie Inc. (ABBV)
- Dividend Yield: 5.4%
AbbVie is a biotechnology company focused on developing and commercializing drugs for immunology, oncology and virology. AbbVie was spun off by Abbott Laboratories (ABT) in 2013. AbbVie has become a giant in the biotech industry, with sales of $33 billion annually and a market capitalization of $129 billion.
AbbVie reported its third-quarter earnings results on November 1st. Revenue of $8.5 billion increased 3.5% operationally. Revenue was positively impacted by strong growth from Imbruvica, grossing sales of $1.3 billion, up 29% from the previous year’s quarter.
However, Humira’s total global revenue declined by 3.2% year over year. Domestic sales growth of 10% for Humira was more than offset by a 32% decline in the international markets, due to biosimilar competition. On an adjusted basis, AbbVie grew earnings-per-share by 8.9% year-over-year.
Along with its quarterly results, the company raised its full-year guidance. AbbVie now expects 2019 adjusted EPS in a range of $8.90 to $8.92, up from $8.82 to $8.92. The new guidance range represents full-year adjusted EPS growth of 12.6%, at the midpoint. In addition, AbbVie raised its quarterly dividend by 10%.
AbbVie’s future growth will be shaped by its organic growth, as well as its recent and massive acquisition of Allergan (AGN).
Source: Investor Presentation
AbbVie recently announced the $63 billion acquisition of Botox-maker Allergan to further diversify its products. The combined company will have annual revenues of nearly $50 billion, based on 2018 results.
AbbVie expects the transaction to be 10% accretive to adjusted earnings-per-share over the first full year following the close of the transaction, with peak accretion of greater than 20%. We expect 9.5% annual earnings-per-share growth over the next five years.
This should allow AbbVie to not only maintain its dividend, but also continue to increase its dividend each year.
9. Universal Corporation (UVV)
- Dividend Yield: 5.8%
Universal Corporation is the world’s largest leaf tobacco exporter and importer. The company is the wholesale purchaser and processor of tobacco that operates between farms and the companies that manufacture cigarettes, pipe tobacco, and cigars. Universal Corporation was founded in 1886, and trades with a market capitalization of $1.3 billion. With 49 years of dividend increases, Universal Corporation is one year away from joining the exclusive list of Dividend Kings.
Source: Investor Presentation
Universal Corporation reported its second quarter (fiscal 2020) earnings results on November 12. The company generated revenues of $476 million during the quarter, which was 11.8% less than the revenues that Universal Corporation generated during the previous year’s quarter. Management explained that revenues were mainly down due to large carryover crop volumes, which had boosted results for the previous year’s quarter.
Management also believes that this headwind will cease to exist during the remainder of 2020. Universal’s earnings-per-share totaled $1.11 during the second quarter, which was down about 10% from the earnings-per-share that the company generated during the previous year’s quarter.
As the leader in a declining industry, we do not expect the company to deliver strong business growth for the foreseeable future. However, Universal Corporation is highly profitable. The company does not need to invest meaningful amounts of money into its business. This gives Universal Corporation the ability to utilize a substantial amount of its free cash flows for share repurchases and dividends. With a projected dividend payout ratio of 77% for fiscal 2020, and a positive earnings-per-share growth outlook due to modest revenue growth and share repurchases, the dividend appears secure.
8. Superior Plus Corp. (SUUIF)
- Dividend Yield: 5.8%
Superior Plus Corp is a relatively small gas utility company, but it is one of the larger propane delivery companies. Superior operates a specialty chemical (chlorates) operation, which generates about 25% of total revenue. The company is the dominant distributor in Canada, and has significant operations in the U.S. (1/3 of total revenues). Superior Plus had 2018 revenues of $2.7 billion and has a current market cap of $1.7 billion.
Source: Investor Presentation
Superior Plus is off to a very good start to 2019. Adjusted EBITDA for the third quarter increased 86% from the same quarter last year. Strong growth was due to higher EBITDA from Canadian propane distribution and Specialty Chemicals, an improvement in U.S. propane distribution, and lower realized losses on foreign currency hedging contracts. EBITDA from operations for the third quarter increased 66% year-over-year.
Superior Plus has an ambitious growth plan, which calls for a $220.5 million increase in annual EBITDA from operations by 2020, compared with 2016 levels. This growth plan involves the company executing on multiple growth initiatives, both internally and through acquisitions.
For example, the acquisitions of NGL Propane and Canwest Propane, along with 12 tuck-in deals, represent the company’s aggressive acquisition strategy. Separately, Superior Plus is investing heavily in its own organic initiatives, including an expansion of its operations in California.
These measures should help improve the company’s dividend safety. The company maintains a target dividend payout ratio of 40%-60% over the long-term. It also monitors the health of its balance sheet, with a long-term target debt-to-EBITDA ratio of 3.0x.
Superior Plus currently pays a monthly dividend of CAD$0.06; in U.S. dollars its annualized payout translates to approximately US$0.54 per share. Superior Plus stock has an attractive dividend yield of 5.8%.
7. Kohl’s Corporation (KSS)
- Dividend Yield: 5.8%
Wisconsin-based retailer Kohl’s was founded in 1962 and has grown into a leader in the retail industry, with over 1,100 stores in 49 states. The $7.4 billion market cap company should generate about $19 billion in sales this year.
Kohl’s reported a weak third-quarter earnings report. Revenue was flat at $4.63 billion, as comparable sales increased by 0.4%. Gross margins declined 67 basis points to 36.3% of revenue. Kohl’s performed decently on the top line, but badly missed earnings expectations.
Adjusted earnings-per-share declined 24% to $0.78 for the quarter, and missed estimates by $0.12 per share. The company also significantly lowered its 2019 guidance and now expects adjusted EPS of $4.85 at the midpoint, compared with a midpoint of $5.30 according to previous guidance.
Still, Kohl’s is a highly profitable company with a secure dividend payout. The company projects to have a 55% dividend payout ratio for 2019, based on the revised midpoint of management EPS guidance. This leaves a sufficient cushion for the dividend, as well as debt repayment and investment in growth.
Compared to other retailers, we believe Kohl’s has a competitive advantage in its well-entrenched store footprint outside of large malls, private-label brands, a large loyalty program, and an Amazon return service that is driving traffic. With a high dividend yield near 6% and a secure payout, Kohl’s is an attractive dividend stock for income investors.
6. Office Properties Income Trust (OPI)
- Dividend Yield: 6.7%
Office Properties Income Trust is an office REIT that currently has a portfolio of 200 properties, which are primarily leased to single tenants with high credit quality. The REIT’s portfolio currently has a 93.3% occupancy rate, an average remaining lease term of 5.7 years, and an average building age of 17 years. It has a market capitalization of $1.6 billion.
Source: Investor Presentation
The U.S. Government is the largest tenant of OPI, as it represents 26% of the annual rental income of the REIT. After acquiring First Potomac Realty Trust (FPO) in 2017 and merging with SIR, OPI is now in the process of selling assets to reduce its leverage to a healthy level. It aims to generate more than $700 million of gross proceeds from asset sales. In the first half of the year, it has sold or has agreed to sell 54 properties for $683.8 million.
In early November, OPI reported (11/1/2019) financial results for the third quarter of fiscal 2019. During the quarter, the REIT completed 759,000 square feet of leasing at weighted average rents that were 5.0% above prior rents for the same space. Moreover, normalized funds from operations (FFO) per unit decreased from $2.14 in the prior year’s quarter to $1.45, primarily due to an increased share count as a result of the merger with SIR. Nevertheless, the REIT exceeded analysts’ consensus by $0.05, assisted by a sequential increase in the occupancy rate from 91.6% to 93.3%. Rising occupancy bodes well for the company’s future growth, which will help boost sustainability of the dividend.
OPI generates significant cash flow, much of which is used to reward shareholders with a hefty dividend. With an annual dividend payment of $2.20 per share, OPI has an expected 2019 payout ratio of 38% in terms of FFO. Such a low payout ratio indicates a sustainable dividend. The company’s strong cash flow is the result of its competitive advantages, specifically its strong tenant portfolio.
5. Altria Group Inc. (MO)
- Dividend Yield: 6.7%
Altria Group is a tobacco products giant. Its core tobacco business holds the flagship Marlboro cigarette brand. Altria also has non-smokable brands Skoal and Copenhagen chewing tobacco, Ste. Michelle wine, and owns a 10% investment stake in global beer giant Anheuser Busch Inbev (BUD).
In late October, Altria reported strong third-quarter earnings. Revenue (net of excise taxes) increased 2.3% year-over-year to $5.4 billion. Adjusted earnings-per-share came in at $1.19; an increase of 10% over the year-ago period. Revenue and earnings-per-share both beat analyst expectations.
Altria said it was on track to achieve $575 million in annual cost savings this year as it combats lower smoking rates in its markets. Separately, Altria took a non-cash impairment charge of $4.5 billion related to its investment in Juul.
Altria’s key challenge going forward will be to generate growth in an era of falling smoking rates. Consumers are increasingly giving up traditional cigarettes, which on the surface poses an existential threat to tobacco manufacturers. Altria expects cigarette volumes will continue to decline at a 4% to 6% annual rate through 2023.
For this reason, Altria has made significant investments in new categories, highlighted by the $13 billion purchase of a 35% stake in e-vapor giant JUUL. This acquisition gives Altria exposure to a high-growth category that is actively contributing to the decline in traditional cigarettes.
Source: 2019 CAGNY Presentation
Altria also recently announced a $1.8 billion investment in Canadian marijuana producer Cronos Group. Altria purchased a 45% equity stake in the company, as well as a warrant to acquire an additional 10% ownership interest in Cronos Group at a price of C$19.00 per share, exercisable over four years from the closing date.
In the meantime, Altria reaffirmed its guidance for 2019 full-year adjusted diluted EPS to be in a range of $4.19 to $4.27, which would be 5% to 7% growth from 2018. The company also expects 5%-8% adjusted EPS growth from 2020-2022.
Altria receives top marks in terms of safety, due to its competitive advantages. It operates in a highly regulated industry, which significantly reduces the threat of new competitors entering the market. And, Altria’s products enjoy tremendous brand loyalty, as Marlboro controls more than 40% of U.S. retail market share.
Altria is also highly resistant to recessions. Cigarette and alcohol sales fare very well during recessions, which keeps Altria’s strong profitability and dividend growth intact. With a target dividend payout of 80%, Altria’s dividend is secure.
4. Enterprise Products Partners (EPD)
- Dividend Yield: 6.9%
Enterprise Products Partners was founded in 1968. It is structured as a Master Limited Partnership, or MLP, and operates as an oil and gas storage and transportation company.
Enterprise Products has a tremendous asset base which consists of nearly 50,000 miles of natural gas, natural gas liquids, crude oil, and refined products pipelines. It also has storage capacity of more than 250 million barrels. These assets collect fees based on materials transported and stored.
Source: Investor Presentation
On 10/28/19, Enterprise Products reported third-quarter 2019 financial results. Distributable cash flow increased 4.7% to $1.64 billion. This enabled Enterprise to achieve 1.7x distribution coverage for the third quarter, and retain significant cash flow for growth capex.
Enterprise has positive growth potential moving forward, thanks to new projects and exports. For example, Enterprise Products has started construction of the Mentone cryogenic natural gas processing plant in Texas, which will have the capacity to process 300 million cubic feet per day of natural gas and extract more than 40,000 barrels per day of natural gas liquids. The facility is expected to begin service in the first quarter of 2020.
Enterprise Products is also developing the Shin Oak NGL Pipeline, which is scheduled to be placed into service next year. The Shin Oak NGL Pipeline is expected to have total capacity of 600,000 barrels per day. Exports are also a key growth catalyst. Demand for liquefied petroleum gas and liquefied natural gas, or LPG and LNG respectively, is growing at a high rate across the world, particularly in Asia.
In terms of safety, Enterprise Products Partners is one of the strongest midstream MLPs. It has credit ratings of BBB+ from Standard & Poor’s and Baa1 from Moody’s, which are higher ratings than most MLPs. Enterprise Products’ high-quality assets generate strong cash flow, even in recessions. As a result, Enterprise Products has been able to raise its distribution to unitholders for 61 quarters in a row.
3. Invesco Ltd. (IVZ)
- Dividend Yield: 7.4%
Invesco is a global investment management firm. It has more than 7,000 employees and serves customers in more than 150 countries. Invesco currently trades with a market capitalization of $7.6 billion and has over $1.1 trillion of assets under management (AUM).
Last quarter, Invesco’s net revenue increased 19%, primarily due to acquisitions. Average AUM increased 12.5% for the quarter. Thanks to synergies, operating margin expanded by more than four percentage points for the quarter, leading to 7.7% earnings-per-share growth.
Source: Investor Presentation
Invesco is investing heavily in growth, mainly through acquisitions. First, Invesco acquired Oppenheimer Funds for ~$5.7 billion. The deal was for $4 billion in preferred shares and 81.9 million Invesco shares. This acquisition is expected to boost earnings-per-share by ~18% in 2019. Acquiring Oppenheimer Funds grew Invesco into becoming the 6th-largest U.S. retail investment management company.
Separately, Invesco also acquired the ETF business from Guggenheim Investments for $1.2 billion. Invesco also made a significant investment in financial technology with its acquisition of Intelliflo, a leading technology platform for financial advisors that supports approximately 30% of all financial advisors in the U.K.
Invesco ranks well in terms of dividend safety with an expected payout ratio of 51% for fiscal 2019. This should allow the company to maintain its dividend payout, and even continue to increase the dividend on occasion going forward. Invesco also has a strong balance sheet, with a credit rating of BBB+ from Standard & Poor’s.
2. Tanger Factory Outlet Centers (SKT)
- Dividend Yield: 9.2%
Tanger Factory Outlet Centers is a Real Estate Investment Trust. Tanger operates, owns, or has an ownership stake in a portfolio of 40 shopping centers. Properties are located in Canada and 20 U.S. states, totaling approximately 14.4 million square feet, leased to over 500 different tenants.
Tanger’s diversified base of high-quality tenants has led to steady growth for many years.
Source: Earnings Slides
Tanger released 2019 third-quarter results on October 30th. Revenue of $119 million declined by 4%, while adjusted funds from operations (FFO) fell 7.9% year-over-year. Tanger’s occupancy rate stood at 95.9% in the most recent quarter, down only slightly from 96.0% in the previous quarter.
Occupancy is expected to decline somewhat in 2019 to a range of 95.5% to 95.8%, due to anticipated store closures by certain tenants. Fortunately, the company has maintained an occupancy rate of 95%+ for 25 consecutive years.
The dip in occupancy this year will negatively impact the company’s AFFO, but Tanger will still be able to cover its hefty dividend payment.
Tanger has a current dividend payout of $1.42 per share annually, which represents a current yield of 9.2%. This is a very high yield and is clearly attractive for income investors. The biggest concern with a yield this high is sustainability. Fortunately, Tanger appears to have a secure dividend payout.
We expect Tanger will generate AFFO-per-share of $2.25 for 2019. With an expected dividend payout of $1.47 per share, Tanger’s expected 2019 dividend payout ratio is 65%. This is a manageable payout ratio, which leaves room for modest annual hikes. For example, in February Tanger raised its dividend by 1.4%.
1. Energy Transfer LP (ET)
- Dividend Yield: 10.7%
Energy Transfer is a midstream oil and gas Master Limited Partnership, or MLP. Energy Transfer’s business model is storage and transportation of oil and gas. Its assets have total gathering capacity of nearly 13 million Btu/day of gas, and a transportation capacity of 22 million Btu/day of natural gas and over 4 million barrels per day of oil.
Energy Transfer’s diversified and fee-based assets provide the company with steady cash flow, even when oil and gas prices decline. As a midstream operator, Energy Transfer’s cash flow relies heavily upon volumes, and less so on commodity prices.
Source: Investor Presentation
Energy Transfer reported third-quarter results on November 6th. Adjusted EBITDA continued its streak of strong growth on the back of another record operating performance in the Partnership’s NGL and refined products segment, increasing 8% year-over-year to $2.79 billion. Distributable cash flow increased by 10% to $1.52 billion, reflecting improving cash flow generation efficiencies. This led to $712 million in retained cash flow and a 1.88x distribution coverage ratio, making the company’s double-digit yield very safe. The company also continued to improve its balance sheet, with $3.32 billion of liquidity and a credit agreement leverage ratio of 3.63x.
The company is also making strong progress on several growth projects which should be adding to cash flows in the coming quarters and years. For example, Energy Transfer announced it will construct a seventh natural gas liquids (NGL) fractionation facility at Mont Belvieu, Texas, with 150,000 barrels per day of capacity. Fractionator VII is scheduled to be operational in the first quarter of 2020 and is fully subscribed by multiple long-term contracts. The company is also progressing with plans on a Bakken pipeline optimization project, which is expected to start up in 2020.
The company’s new projects will help secure its attractive distribution, which currently yields nearly 11%. Energy Transfer anticipates a distribution coverage ratio of ~1.7x to ~1.9x for 2019, which is better than average for an MLP. We believe Energy Transfer is capable of delivering distributable cash flow per share of around $2.20 for 2019. Energy Transfer has a very high yield and a secure payout, which makes it an attractive stock for income investors.
Interest rates are on the decline once again. After two years of the Federal Reserve raising rates, the central bank announced a recent interest rate reduction, and rates are broadly falling again. Investors might scramble to search for suitable income in a low-rate environment, but these high-yield stocks are still presenting strong yields.
The 10 stocks on this list have high yields above 5%. And importantly, these securities generally have better risk profiles than the average high yield security. Investors should continue to monitor each stock to make sure their fundamentals and growth remain on track, but investors comfortable with owning individual stocks should consider these 10 high-yielders.