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Imperial Brands Pulls Dividend Growth Guidance, Retains Borderline Safe Dividend Safety Score

Imperial Brands (IMBBY) boasts an impressive track record of raising its dividend by 10% each year for the past decade, thanks to the predictable cash flow its tobacco business has historically generated.  However, shifting consumer habits and regulatory changes have challenged the tobacco market, sending Imperial Brands' dividend yield soaring to 9%.  With a Borderline Safe Dividend Safety Score and the market appearing skeptical of Imperial Brands' ability to maintain its current payout, some income investors are worried what the company's future might hold.

July 18th, 2019|

Flowers Foods: A Bread Maker that’s Raised its Dividend Every Year Since 2001

Flowers Foods (FLO) was founded in 1919 and has grown to become the second-largest producer of packaged bakery foods in the country with over 40 operating bakeries. The company primarily sells breads, buns, rolls, tortillas, and snack cakes, and some of its key brands include Nature’s Own (the number one bread in the U.S.), Tastykake, Wonder Bread, Whitewheat, Dave’s Killer Bread, and Canyon Bakehouse. Flowers Foods also bakes store-branded generic products.The vast majority of the company's sales are in fresh breads and rolls, with snack foods and frozen products making up the rest of revenue. Approximately 85% of Flowers’ sales last year were Direct Store Delivery, in which fresh products are delivered directly to customers (supermarkets, mass merchandisers, restaurants, etc.) [...]

July 16th, 2019|

Sysco: A Food Distributor that’s Raised its Dividend for 50 Consecutive Years

Founded in 1969, Sysco (SYY) is the largest global distributor of food, essentially acting as a middleman between food producers and retail consumers. The company provides food products and related services to more than 600,000 customer locations, including restaurants (62% of sales), healthcare facilities (9%), schools and governments (8%), hotels and travel companies (8%), and other foodservice customers (13%). The products Sysco sells are diversified as well and include fresh and frozen meats (20% of revenue), canned and dry products (17%), frozen fruits, vegetables, and bakery items (15%), poultry (10%), dairy products (10%), fresh produce (8%), paper products (7%), seafood (6%), beverages (3%), janitorial products (2%), equipment (1%), and medical supplies (1%).

July 16th, 2019|

C.H. Robinson: a Durable Company in the Competitive Freight Brokerage Industry

In business since 1905, C.H. Robinson (CHRW) is one of the largest third-party logistics companies in the world. The firm acts as a middleman in the transportation industry, helping connect companies that need to ship goods with cost-effective transportation providers that have capacity available via trucks, railroads, airlines, and ships. C.H. Robinson doesn’t own hard transportation assets such as trucks and is instead a service company that utilizes people and technology to create transportation and supply chain advantages for its customers. The company has more than 124,000 customers and maintains relationships with over 76,000 carriers and suppliers, who it purchases shipping capacity from on behalf of its customers. C.H. Robinson takes of cut of each transaction and in return helps [...]

July 16th, 2019|
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