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Kimberly-Clark: A Recession-Resistant Dividend Aristocrat

Kimberly-Clark (KMB) was founded in 1872 and has grown into one of the largest manufacturers of tissue and hygiene products. The company's products have such a wide reach that they are used by one-quarter of the world's population. Kimberly-Clark's products are sold under a number of well-known brands, including five billion-dollar brands: Huggies, Kleenex, Cottonelle, Scott, and Kotex. Products are primarily sold to supermarkets, mass merchandisers, drugstores, and other retail outlets.

December 1st, 2019|

Hormel Foods: Uninterrupted Dividends Since 1928

Hormel Foods (HRL) was founded in 1891 and has proven to be one of the most resilient food providers in the world. The company’s brands include Skippy peanut butter, SPAM meat, Dinty Moore stew, Wholly Guacamole dips, Jennie-O turkey, and numerous Hormel-branded meat products. Perishable products (fresh meats, frozen items, refrigerated meals) account for 56% of Hormel's revenue, followed by poultry (19% – turkey), shelf-stable goods (19% – canned meats, peanut butter, hash, stews, chips, etc), and miscellaneous products (6% – nutritional food products, dessert and drink mixes, etc).

December 1st, 2019|

J. M. Smucker: Uninterrupted Dividends Since 1972

J.M. Smucker's (SJM) roots date back to 1897 when founder Jerome Monroe Smucker began selling apple butter from his horse-drawn wagon. Since then, Smucker has grown into a leading purveyor of numerous consumer packaged goods that can be found in an estimated 90% of U.S. households.Smucker's main product lines are coffee (32% of sales), dog food (17%), pet snacks (10%), cat food (10%), peanut butter (10%), and fruit spreads (4%). The company also sells shortening and oils, frozen foods, canned milk, flour, frosting, and baking mixes, but it has been realigning its portfolio to focus less on struggling packaged foods.

December 1st, 2019|

Alliance Resource’s Dividend Safety Score Downgraded to Unsafe on Mounting Coal Headwinds

About 60% of America's coal is mined by companies that have been through bankruptcy in the past five years, according to data cited by The Wall Street Journal. Only three of the 10 largest U.S. coal producers have not declared bankruptcy during that period, demonstrating the industry's challenges (high capital intensity, secular decline in coal demand, cheap alternatives such as natural gas, etc.). Alliance Resource Partners (ARLP) is one of the few major producers that has not only remained solvent but also continued paying distributions, thanks to its solid balance sheet and low cost of production.

November 29th, 2019|
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