Industrial Sector: Finding Companies with Sustainable Dividends

  • debt per share (dtps)
  • invested capital per share (icaptps)

Statement of Cash Flows

Furthermore, a graphical look at the company’s record of cash flows provides additional evidence of United Technologies’ financial health and strength. The following table lists the metrics and the acronym for each item, and the following FUN graphic plots several key items from the company’s statement of cash flows as follows:

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Cash Flow Statement

  • capital expenditures per share (capxps)
  • cash flow per share (cflps)
  • dividends per share (dvpsp)
  • free cash flow per share (fcflps)
  • operating cash flow per share (ocflps)

The bottom line is that United Technologies is an extremely high-quality company exhibiting healthy financials and the possibility for above-average continued growth.  The only negative associated with this blue-chip Industrial is that the current valuation is a little on the high side.  However, as I stated earlier, United Technologies is not overvalued but perhaps only fully valued at today’s levels.

Summary and Conclusions

Companies in the Industrials sector might best be thought of as quasi-cyclical companies.  The reason I refer to them as quasi-cyclical is to contrast them from when I would consider lesser attractive deep cyclicals.  However, due to the industries that industrials operate in, they do show a high sensitivity to the health of the underlying economy.

One final thing that I would be remiss in not pointing out about this sector is that I see a lot of high quality companies trading at low valuations.  Although I only featured Lockheed Martin as an undervalued example, some of the undervalued standouts would include the following:

Caterpillar Inc. (CAT), Rockwell Collins Inc (COL)., Carlisle Companies (CSL), CSX Corp. (CSX), Deere & Company (DE), Illinois Tool Works (ITW), LLL Communications Holdings Inc. (LLL), Northrop Grumman Corp. (NOC), Norfolk Southern Corp. (NSC), Parker Hannifin Corp. (PH), Ryder Systems Inc. (R), Rockwell Automation (ROK), Raytheon Company (RTN) and Siemens AG (SI), to name just a few.  Since many of these names are heavily-weighted in the Aerospace and Defense industry, the same cautions that were applied to Lockheed Martin could also apply.

This is the fourth in a series of articles looking for quality dividend growth stocks at sound value amongst the various sectors.  The next sector covered in this series will look for value in the sector 25-Consumer Discretionary.

Disclosure:  Long LMT, UTX, CAT, DE, SI, LLL, NSC, ITW at the time writing.

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