Lanny’s March Dividend Stock Watch List

February has been interesting.  Some days/weeks they are down and others, the market is up.  You just never know what the stock market will do, on any given day, based on economic and news that hits global publications.  Therefore, it is time to pour a hot cup of coffee and begin my dividend stock research.  Time to tune in for Lanny’s Dividend Stock Watch List – March Edition.

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Dividend stock watch list

During January, the market was almost at 3,360 at one point.  Then, the S&P 500 index slid approximately 100 points towards the end.  However, February appears to be similar, but different.  First, the highs almost hit 3,400 but slowly has declined back down.  However, the 3,300 mark appears to be a zone the stock market hasn’t broken below in a few weeks.

What has been happening?  First, the Coronoavirus has been hitting and impacting global operations.  Apple (AAPL) reported softer than expected first quarter figures, due to manufacturing slowing, as workers are unable to go in and to continue to make/product products.  Therefore, that caused a bit of the shock to the system.  As always, I turn off the loud noise and invest as usual, when there is opportunity.

See – Why I Don’t Time or Predict The Market

As the saying goes, one can always find diamonds in the rough.  Therefore, with using the Dividend Diplomat Stock Screener, there is always an undervalued dividend stock up for grabs, that’s where Financial Literacy and Research pays off.

Here is a display of what the market did in the last 30 days:

S&P 500 index, dividend stocks

In addition, capital is necessary to make any dividend stock purchase that is on this watch list.  How do I do it?

I save anywhere from 60-85% of my take-home pay and strongly believe Financial Freedom does not happen by hitting a home run on an investment.  Nothing matters more than your savings rate on your journey to Financial Freedom, plain and simple.

Therefore, I work my butt off to make sure expenses remain in-check and that my savings rate are meeting our investment and financial independence goals!  Then, you rinse and repeat.

See – 5 Ways to Save $500… TODAY

Pfizer (PFE)

PFE, Pfizer

Pfizer (PFE) has been one of my LONG term holdings in my Dividend Portfolio, but everyone may already know that.  I’ve owned them for what could be almost 10 years.  If you don’t know them, they are a massive pharmaceutical company with products such as, but not limited to, Advil, Viagra, Xanax, Epipen and Zoloft.

Why else has Pfizer caught my attention again?  1 year ago, they were at $42.88 and now they are trading at $35.72 or a 17% decline in the last 52 weeks.  How about the other stats of Pfizer (PFE) when put through the Dividend Diplomat Stock Screener?

Price to Earnings (P/E) Ratio:  Analysts of Pfizer are projecting $2.91 in earnings per share for 2020. This represents a price to earnings ratio of 12.27, which is insanely low and is far more undervalued than the S&P 500 index or stock market as a whole.

Dividend Yield and Dividend Growth:  Pfizer is paying $1.52 in dividends per year.  At a share price of $35.72, this dividend yield calculates to be 4.25%, well above the S&P 500 dividend yield and my portfolio’s overall yield.  Pfizer is going on 10 years of dividends, loving it.  The most recent increase, which has been standard, is $0.02 per quarter and  the recent raise came out to be 5.56%.  Continuing that trend, 5.3% would be the next dividend increase.

Dividend Payout Ratio:  In addition, given the projection is $2.91 in earnings, the annual dividend is $1.52 per year.  Therefore, the dividend payout ratio ends up at 52%.  The dividend payout ratio ends up in the sweet spot of the 40%-60% range.

Given I own over 120+ shares, I wouldn’t mind adding another 25 shares to the portfolio and creating an even more powerful dividend engine from Pfizer.

Viacomcbs (viac)

ViacomCBS (VIAC) was on my February Dividend Stock Watch list and were trading at $34.13, at the time of that article.  Given the stock price is currently (as of 2/23) $28.26, the 17% decline is hard to ignore.  Now, I won’t bore you with the details of whom they are, but in short, they are a multi-channel/multi-content owned business, formed from the merger of Viacom and CBS. 

Why am I big on them, right now? The war on streaming is real. You have Netflix (NFLX), Amazon (AMZN), Disney (DIS) and others in the space. ViacomCBS provides another competitive edge with their streaming from the companies they own, such as CBS, Paramount, MTV, BET, VH1, Nickelodeon, to name a few. Therefore, once all services are integrated, post-merger, the streaming package will pack a powerful punch and could offer additional competition in the space.

paramount pictures, viacomcbs, viac

In addition, Paramount Pictures has QUITE the line-up for 2020.  Movies include Sonic the Hedgehog (Currently doing well in the box office), A Quite Pace PT II, The Spongebob Movie, Top Gun: Maverick with Tom Cruise, Coming 2 America with Eddie Murphy.  Talk about potential to have a plethora of hits and this should increase revenue quite a bit, without even considering streaming services.

Therefore, the 17% drop has opened up quite a bit of opportunity for dividend investors.  Using the Dividend Diplomat Stock Screener, here are the stats based on the close price of $28.26: 

Price to Earnings (P/E) Ratio: Analysts are projecting $5.98 (lower from last article) in earnings per share.  Taking the share price and dividing that price by this expectation, the P/E ratio is 4.73.  That doesn’t even make sense.  Since they are below the S&P 500 index and below the 15-20 threshold, this is a sign of undervaluation for ViacomCBS.

Dividend Yield: Based on the $28.26 share price and a go-forward dividend of $0.96 per share, ViacomCBS now yields 3.40%, which is higher than the S&P 500 index, as well as my overall portfolio dividend yield.  This means that for every $1,000 invested, $34 is added in forward dividend income.  Not too shabby if you ask me.

Dividend Payout Ratio: Since analysts are projecting $5.98 in earnings per share for 2020, you take the dividends per year of $0.96 and divide that over $5.98.  That means, their dividend payout ratio is a minor 16%.  Dividend increases should be large and plentiful in the future, NO DOUBT.

In addition, ViacomCBS recently increased their dividend in December by 33.33%, post-merger close.  Talk about an insane jump!  I anticipate a dividend increase once every 3 years.  Therefore, I do not anticipate receiving one again until 2022.

I have invested ~$4,000 into VIAC and I could see myself doing another $1,000 in the future.

Armanino foods of distinction (amnf)

Armanino Foods, AMNF, Italian

Armanino Foods (AMNF) is back on my watch list, since they were recently showcased on my December 2019 version.

Here is a brief background: Officially a corporation in 1986, their primary products are Pesto, Pasta and Meatballs.  What’s not to love?

Armanino’s (AMNF) stock price has declined recently and are now trading at $3.32, down from their high of $3.79.  This could partly be due to 3rd quarter sales and income figures falling slightly behind last year’s 3rd quarter, primarily due to business in Asia.  AMNF stated this has been due to timing and limited ability to determine spending patters on that side of the world.  We’ll have to see how the 4th quarter does, which has still yet been released.

Price to Earnings (P/E) Ratio: Earnings per share through 3 quarters came in at $0.1579 for an annualized figure of $0.21.  Based on a share price of $3.32, this equates to a price to earnings of 15.80, which is below the stock market on average. I still wish I would have bought more back in 2018, to say the least.

Dividend Yield and Dividend Growth: Why do I like them right now? Their dividend yield currently is at 3.01%, based on their $0.10 per year or $0.025 per quarter dividend AND they recently grew their dividend 11% in 2019.  That is a GREAT combination of yield and dividend growth, to say the least. In a year where dividend growth has slumped, AMNF has come through.  In addition, their growth history is looking down at 6 years in 2020, and their 5 year dividend growth rate is steady at double digits recently.  I would anticipate a dividend increase from $0.025 to $0.0275 in 2020 or 10%, keeping up with the quarter of a cent raise.

Dividend Payout Ratio: Further, their payout ratio is at 47.6%, which is in the middle of the 40%-60% sweet spot.

I wouldn’t mind picking up another 60-100 shares of Armanino at current prices.

Dividend Stock Watch List Conclusion

The best part about all 3 companies above is that they all are currently part of my dividend income portfolio.  Prior to making any purchase, I definitely will make sure to run them through the Dividend Diplomat Stock Screener once more.

Out of all 3 dividend stocks above, Pfizer (PFE) may be the first up there, then ViacomCBS (VIAC), wrapped up by Armanino (AMNF).  Definitely am eager to be active during March, as I make the march towards Financial Freedom.

As you have noticed, I have trickled many articles on this page.  The goal is to educate new dividend investors out there, or to sharpen the terminology for current dividend investors.  As always, stick to your investment strategy and dividend stocks will be there.  What do you think of these stocks above?  Thank you, good luck and happy investing everyone!


8 thoughts on “Lanny’s March Dividend Stock Watch List

  1. Lanny, the VIAC looks to be ridiculously cheap and with the volatility we continue to see in at least the near term due to the coronavirus, VIAC looks to be worth checking out as it remains near its 52 wk lows. I need to look into this company a bit further. Hopefully management is strongly considering buying back a large chunk of of shares as vote of confidence that the future remains bright – perhaps even see a large volume of insiders increasing their personal stake in the company outside of stock based comp plans along side a corp. buyback. It wasn’t too long ago that both CVS and CAH were both selling at similar earning multiples (mid to high single digit P/Es) – and although the prices have climbed some – they are still selling at relatively low earnings multiples compared to the greater market.

    • PIV –

      Ah… I remember the insanely low P/E days of CVS and CAH, crazy how far low you can go, before you come back up to right the valuation. VIAC is entering the streaming wars with a jam packed content package and Paramount may have some monster hits this year, for sure.


  2. This looks a lot like last months, with AMNF replacing RDS. All of these are looking great.
    I went on a mini shopping spree today – and I spaced on VIAC… Aarg. They are next, I promise!
    I keep a watch list of companies that I do not own. The portfolio is always looked at so I do not add them to the list. Kind of how I roll..
    So I decided to dip my toes in the water with Western Union (WU), Bank of Hawaii (BOH), Morgan Stanley (MS), Macatawa Bank (MCBC), and Interpublic Group (IPG). All of them passed my screener. One of them will be a major winner. I hope.

    • CW DB –

      Yessir – hard to actually pick; but thought they got even better from last month to this!! Talk about steep discounts now, right?

      I know VIAC is HARD pressed right now.

      DAMN though, you went HAM on many companies. Big on the MS and ETrade merger then??


  3. All of those picks should do well in the long run. I’ve been looking at PFE myself but don’t own the stock yet. Based on your analysis it does look like a bargain right now. 🙂 The 1 year target according to Wall St is a 23% gain from the current price. Certainly worth considering. I know timing the market is a bad idea. But the one month trend looks pretty bad. So a part of me can’t help but wonder, “how low will it go?”

    • Liquid –

      A LOT of noise, obviously right now. QUITE amazing, if you ask me. Definitely concerned for individuals impacted, when it comes to health. But man, what a rush in the market, it’s wild. PFE is almost yielding 4.50% and their dividend increase is usually well over 5% of that. A fairly undervalued dividend growth stock, no doubt!


  4. PFE has been a holding of mine since December 2017 and is a bit below my $36.25 cost basis. It’s definitely quite a bargain with a near 4.5% yield and 5%+ dividend growth. VIAC is a holding I’d definitely like to add, so I hope the valuation stays really depressed.

  5. Hey Lanny,
    The best thing about having a watch list like this ready to go? Well, what’s happened over the past few weeks. Nothing better than being poised to capitalize on short term madness.
    I’ve been taking a closer look at PFE, myself….
    Take care,

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