Family Dollar Stores, Inc. (FDO) operates a chain of self-service retail discount stores primarily for low and middle income consumers in the United States. This dividend aristocrat has paid uninterrupted dividends on its common stock since for 36 years in a row.
The company’s last dividend increase was in January 2012 when the Board of Directors approved a 16.70% increase to 21 cents/share. Family Dollar‘s largest competitors include Target (TGT), Dollar Tree (DLTR) and Big Lots (BIG).
Over the past decade this dividend growth stock has delivered an annualized total return of 8.20% to its shareholders.
The company has managed to deliver 10.70% in annual EPS growth since 2002. Analysts expect Family Dollar to earn $3.66 per share in 2012 and $4.23 per share in 2013. In comparison Family Dollar earned $3.12/share in 2011.
The company will be able to grow through new store openings as well as same-store sales growth. The company has expanded the number of stores by 3% per year since 2005. The company is targeting 5-7% store growth in 2012. It has been able to increase its assortment of foods, including refrigerated ones, and qualify for inclusion in the food stamp program. Family Dollar’s limited time offerings creates excitement for consumers, and differentiates the chain from its competitors. In addition, it is increasingly accepting credit cards in its stores, which creates convenience for its customers.
The company has been able to increase return on equity from 20% in 2002 to over 30% in 2011. Rather than focus on absolute values for this indicator, I generally want to see at least a stable return on equity over time.
The annual dividend payment has increased by 11.60% per year over the past decade, which is higher than to the growth in EPS.
A 12% growth in distributions translates into the dividend payment doubling every six years. If we look at historical data, going as far back as 1988 we see that Family Dollar has managed to double its dividend every six years on average.
Over the past decade, the dividend payout ratio has remained steady between 20% and 30%. A lower payout is always a plus, since it leaves room for consistent dividend growth minimizing the impact of short-term fluctuations in earnings.
Currently, Family Dollar is overvalued at 21.50 times earnings and yielding 1.20%. I would keep a close eye on the stock however, and would consider adding to my position on dips below $40/share.
Full Disclosure: Long FDO
- Avoid Cyclical Dividend Growth Stocks
- My Dividend Retirement Plan
- Dividend Aristocrats List for 2012
- Dividend Growth Stocks by Sector - Retail
The goal of every dividend investor is to generate dividend income that is larger than their annual expenses. This coveted goal is called th...
Dividend growth stocks are the gift that keeps on giving . I like the fact that most of the work in selecting good dividend growth stocks is...
I have been a dividend growth investor for over 7-8 years now. The reason why I have somewhere between 85% - 90% of my networth in dividend ...
I love it when the stock market goes on sale, like it has been so far in the past two - three weeks. For aspiring dividend growth investors,...
I have received quite a few emails recently, asking me how I manage my dividend portfolio . In general, I focus on several things that I b...
How do you define success? To me, success is the freedom to do my own thing, and the ability to reach my goals. Given the fact that I am a f...
There are many risks to investing . One of the major risks that could ruin a portfolio’s chances of generating adequate dividends are p...
One of the biggest sins in investing, is investing money without a clear plan or strategy to accomplish specific goals . This investing sin...
Before I begin my message, I wanted to wish all my readers a Happy 4th of July. And I wanted to thank all of those military members for keep...
I am a fan of diversification as a tool to reduce risk. I diversify by buying at least 30 – 40 securities, representative of as many sectors...