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Bell Canada Enterprises was founded in 1880 and changed its name to BCE (BCE) in 1983. The firm is one of Canada's big three telecom companies (the largest by customer base) and provides wireless, wireline, internet, and television services to residential, business, and wholesale customers in Canada. BCE has a total of 19.1 million customers [...]

May 24th, 2018|Dividend Stocks|

LTC Properties (LTC)

Founded in 1992, LTC Properties (LTC) is an internally managed real estate investment trust. The firm primarily invests in senior housing and skilled nursing facilities primarily through sale-leaseback (triple net lease) transactions, mortgage financing, and structured finance solutions including mezzanine (convertible debt) lending.   The REIT's portfolio includes approximately 200 properties leased to 29 operators [...]

May 24th, 2018|REIT|

Diageo (DEO)

Tracing its roots back to 1886, Diageo (DEO) is the largest producer of spirits in the world and was formed in 1997 after the merger of Guinness and Grand Metropolitan. Diageo is a British company, but the UK does not impose any foreign dividend tax withholdings on investors.   Some of the firm's 200 leading [...]

May 24th, 2018|Dividend Stocks|

Leggett & Platt (LEG)

Founded in 1883, Leggett & Platt (LEG) patented the first steel coil bedspring. Over the past 135 years, the company has become a diversified manufacturer that conceives, designs, and produces a wide range of engineered components (innersprings, recliner mechanisms, adjustable beds, steel wire, seat frames, carpet cushion, armrests, etc.) used in bedding, furniture, carpet, automobiles, [...]

May 24th, 2018|Dividend Stocks|

Campbell Soup (CPB) to Undergo Strategic Review: What About the Dividend?

Campbell Soup reported disappointing earnings on May 18, 2018. The stock tumbled 12% on the day and has lost approximately 30% over the past year.   The company has struggled to adapt its portfolio to changing consumer tastes that prefer fresher, healthier offerings. Campbell Soup's CEO is stepping down, and the firm is undergoing a [...]

May 24th, 2018|Dividend Stocks|

Brookfield Renewable Partners (BEP)

Founded in 1999, Brookfield Renewable Partners (BEP) is a renewable energy-focused limited partnership, or YieldCo, that's run by Brookfield Asset Management (BAM). The company is one of the world’s largest publicly-traded renewable power platforms with a portfolio consisting of over 16,300 megawatts of capacity and 843 generating facilities in North America, South America, Europe, and [...]

May 18th, 2018|Dividend Stocks|

Ares Capital Corporation (ARCC)

Ares Capital Corporation (ARCC) is an externally managed business development company, or BDC. The company is a subsidiary of Ares Management LP (ARES), which provides the firm's management team. Ares Management has over 1,000 employees working around the world and manages over $100 billion in assets.   Ares Capital specializes in acquisitions, recapitalizations, mezzanine debt, [...]

May 18th, 2018|Dividend Stocks|

EPR Properties (EPR)

EPR Properties (EPR) is an internally managed REIT that was formed in 1997 and specializes in entertainment and experiential commercial real estate properties. EPR Properties own about $6.2 billion in assets spread across four business segments: Entertainment (60% of rent revenue): includes investments in 147 megaplex theatre properties, seven entertainment retail centers (which include seven [...]

May 18th, 2018|REIT|

Royal Bank of Canada (RY)

Founded in 1869, Royal Bank of Canada (RY) is Canada's largest bank by assets (about $1 trillion) and one of the 15 largest global banks by market cap. The firm is well-diversified across businesses, geographies and client segments, serving 16 million customers worldwide in Canada, the U.S., and 35 other countries. Royal Bank of Canada [...]

May 18th, 2018|Dividend Stocks|

Oracle (ORCL)

Founded by Larry Ellison in 1977, Oracle (ORCL) is one of the world's leading IT software companies. The business serves the needs of over 400,000 companies companies, both large and small, in about 175 countries around the globe.   Historically, Oracle has dominated enterprise level database software with about 40% market share. In this business, [...]

May 18th, 2018|Dividend Stocks|

Illinois Tool Works (ITW)

Founded in 1912, Illinois Tool Works (ITW) is one of the world’s largest industrial component manufacturers, operating over 500 facilities around the globe (roughly half of sales are in North America).   The company has grown into an extremely diversified manufacturer of specialized industrial and consumer equipment and consumables with a presence in many different [...]

May 18th, 2018|Dividend Stocks|

Starwood Property Trust (STWD)

Starwood Property Trust (STWD) was founded in 2009 and is America's largest commercial mortgage REIT. The firm invests across the real estate capital structure and focuses primarily on originating, acquiring, financing, and managing commercial mortgage loans and other commercial real estate debt investments in both the U.S. and Europe.   Starwood Property Trust is externally [...]

May 10th, 2018|REIT|

Kroger (KR)

Kroger (KR) was founded in 1883 and is the second largest food retailer after Walmart with over $120 billion in annual sales. The company operates almost 2,800 supermarkets, of which more than 2,200 have pharmacies and nearly 1,500 have fuel centers. Kroger's grocery stores are located in 35 states and serve more than 9 million [...]

May 10th, 2018|Dividend Stocks|

ConocoPhillips (COP)

Founded in 1917, ConocoPhillips (COP) is the world's largest independent exploration and production oil company and is nearly twice as large as its nearest rival by production. The company explores for, produces, transports, and markets crude oil, natural gas, liquefied natural gas (LNG), natural gas liquids, and bitumen in 17 countries around the world.   [...]

May 10th, 2018|Dividend Stocks|

Honeywell (HON)

Founded in 1920, Honeywell International (HON) is a diversified industrial giant operating in about 70 countries. The company invents and commercializes technologies that address some of the world’s most critical challenges around energy, safety, security, productivity, and urbanization.   Honeywell operates through four segments: Aerospace (38% of revenue, 41% of profits): products are used on [...]

May 10th, 2018|Dividend Stocks|