Dividend Family Guy Ranking of ConocoPhillips (COP)
ValueThe value rank of COP landed in at 100/543. That has slightly improved since I did my screen at the beginning of the month. But since my screen is based on the U.S.DividendChampions spreadsheet I am sticking with it. The improvement takes place in the trailing twelve months price-to-earnings ratio. It was at 12.67 but is now sitting at 12.4 at the time of this writing. This has been steadily declining over the past month so it is presenting as a good value. The price-to-sales was at 1.78 (TTM). This tells me that for every dollar of sales it will cost me $1.78. The closer this ratio gets to one the happier I am.
GrowthGrowth is sitting a little bit higher at 26 out of 543 companies that have been paying dividends for 5+ years. I tend to look at the past in my data vs. future growth. It is very hard to predict future growth. The past five years has shown an average of 21.1%. That is tremendous and can be attributed to recovering economies and as always the price of oil. The prediction is allot lower at 6.9%. No more double digits but that is not uncommon in a company of this size. Any growth at this size is a good thing. They are lagging behind the rest of the industry at 3.11% 1 year growth rate vs. 3.83% for the industry.
QualityOut of the 4 categories I look at to determine the best overall stocks for my portfolio, quality came in last. It had a ranking of 118/543. The price-to-book ratio is sitting at 1.99. I prefer it a little closer to 1 to ensure I am getting the best value. The debt-to-equity ratio is also a little high at .4. Debt is part of the energy business as there is a need for a good chunk of cap-ex every year to keep assets current.
Yield52 out of 543 isn't bad. It isn't the best yield rank either. Those tend to go to the REITs and MLPs that have been increasing dividends year over year. So for a common stock company I feel good about 52. The yield was sitting at 3.22%. My screen also filters out anything less than 3 percent (for now). With a small portfolio I am looking to grow it fast over the next 5-10 years. There is some risk with that approach but since COP is a dividend contender I am okay with it. The past five year dividend growth rate has been nice at 13.3. If that hangs around I can double it every 11 years or so. I gave Dividend Life's spreadsheet a try so I hope I got it right.
What's the Talk?
With greenhouse gasses always being big talk COP could benefit from any laws put in place. They are a major natural gas producer which is a cleaner fuel to burn.
Second quarter profits also rose from $2.05 billion a year ago to $2.08 billion ($1.65/share up to $1.67.). Their year end was the end of June so it was up for the year as well. I could not find any bad news so all the analysts reports provided to me by ShareBuilder are saying buy.
I will have to watch this for dips and get my hands wet in some black oil. I am still learning about determining the fair value for a stock so once I do I will include that as well.
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Full Disclosure: Don't own this stock as of this writing.
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