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Mon. Jul. 20, 2009

Dover Corp. (DOV) Dividend Stock Analysis *

This article originally appeared on The DIV-Net July 13, 2009.

Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of Dover Corp. (DOV). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis:

Company Description: Dover Corp. manufactures a broad range of specialized industrial products and sophisticated manufacturing equipment.

Fair Value: I consider four calculations of fair value, see page 2 of the linked PDF for a detailed description:

  1. Avg. High Yield Price
  2. 20-Year DCF Price
  3. Avg. P/E Price
  4. Graham Number

DOV is trading at a discount to 1.), 2.) and 3.) above. Since DOV’s tangible book value is not meaningful, a Graham number can not be calculated. DOV is trading at a 14.9% discount to its calculated fair value of $37.06. DOV earned a Star in this section since it is trading at a fair value.

Dividend Analytical Data: In this section there are three possible Stars and three key metrics, see page 2 of the linked PDF for a detailed description:

  1. Free Cash Flow Payout
  2. Debt To Total Capital
  3. Key Metrics
  4. Dividend Growth Rate
  5. Years of Div. Growth
  6. Rolling 4-yr Div. > 15%

DOV earned three Stars in this section for 1.), 2.) and 3.) above. A Star was earned since the Free Cash Flow payout ratio was less than 60% and there were no negative Free Cash Flows over the last 10 years. DOV earned a Star as a result of its most recent Debt to Total Capital being less than 45%. DOV earned a Star for having an acceptable score in at least two of the four Key Metrics measured. DOV has paid a cash dividend to shareholders every year since 1947 and has increased its dividend payments for 54 consecutive years.

Dividend Income vs. MMA: Why would you assume the equity risk and invest in a dividend stock if you could earn a better return in a much less risky money market account (MMA)? This section compares the earning ability of this stock with a high yield MMA. Two items are considered in this section, see page 2 of the linked PDF for a detailed description:

  1. NPV MMA Diff.
  2. Years to > MMA

DOV earned a Star in this section for its NPV MMA Diff. of the $934. This amount is in excess of the $500 target I look for in a stock that has increased dividends as long as DOV has. If DOV grows its dividend at 8.0% per year, it will take 4 years to equal a MMA yielding an estimated 20-year average rate of 4.06%. DOV earned a check for the Key Metric ‘Years to >MMA’ since its 4 years is less than the 5 year target.

Other: DOV is a member of the S&P 500, a Dividend Aristocrat and a member of the Broad Dividend Achievers™ Index. DOV enhanced its ability to generate strong free cash flows by discontinuing 20 low-margin, capital-intensive businesses over the past couple of years, and replacing them with 17 new high-margin/steady-growth operations. The company still has ample growth and cost opportunities. Risks include weaker global, industrial, energy and electronics markets; along with value-diminishing acquisitions.

Conclusion: DOV earned one Star in the Fair Value section, earned three Stars in the Dividend Analytical Data section and earned one Star in the Dividend Income vs. MMA section for a total of five Stars. This quantitatively ranks DOV as a 5 Star-Strong Buy.

Using my D4L-PreScreen.xls model, I determined the share price could increase to $37.65 before DOV’s NPV MMA Differential fell to the $500 that I like to see for a stock with 54 consecutive years of dividend increases. At that price the stock would yield 2.66%.

Resetting the D4L-PreScreen.xls model and solving for the dividend growth rate needed to generate the target $500 NPV MMA Differential, the calculated rate is 6.3%. This dividend growth rate is below the 8.0% used in this analysis, thus providing a margin of safety. DOV has a risk rating of 2.00 which classifies it as a medium risk stock.

DOV is a well-managed company with a strong balance sheet. Near-term, the economic downturn will present challenges, but the company’s management has done all the right things for long-term success. DOV should announce a dividend increase in August. I will likely wait until then before considering initiating a position. It is trading well below its buy price of $37.06. For additional information, including the stock’s dividend history, please refer to its data page.

Disclaimer: Material presented here is for informational purposes only. The above quantitative stock analysis, including the Star rating, is mechanically calculated and is based on historical information. The analysis assumes the stock will perform in the future as it has in the past. This is generally never true. Before buying or selling any stock you should do your own research and reach your own conclusion. See my Disclaimer for more information.

Full Disclosure: At the time of this writing, I held no position in DOV (0.0% of my Income Portfolio).

What are your thoughts on DOV?


2 Responses to “Dover Corp. (DOV) Dividend Stock Analysis *”

  1. BD says:

    Yahoo has the payout ratio above 100%, while scottrade has it at 36%. Any worries?

  2. BD: I use a FCF Payout ratio. My trailing 12 months calculation is at 24%. I am not sure how Yahoo is calculating theirs.

    Best Wishes,
    D4L