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Best Income Stocks for 2013 – Domtar Corporation (UFS)

Domtar Corporation (NYSE: UFS) engages in the design, manufacture, marketing, and distribution of fiber-based products in North America.  The forestry industry is coming through a painful period marked by low-cost competition from emerging markets and the collapse of the U.S. housing industry.  However, the industry is rebounding as more companies are back on the growth track. One income stock to watch is Domtar Corporation (NYSE: UFS) as it offers a great total return in 2013.

Domtar made the Goldman Sachs “Best Income Stocks” list for 2013.  In a recent note, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. pointed out a number of stocks that could provide some easy money for investors by virtue of what the Wall Street bank calls a “social contract” — a combination of earnings appreciation due to expected share buybacks along with dividend yields.  It could be easy money, provided shares remain stable or rise, for investors looking for as close to a guarantee as equities can offer.

Paper miller Domtar Corp. (UFS) is high on the total yield list with 15.6% due to a potential 13.5% earnings accretion from share buybacks and 2.1% from dividends.  Upside on the mid-$80 stock is roughly 3%.

Domtar has an equity summary score of 8.1 out of 10 for a Bullish outlook.  First Call Analyst consensus have a BUY recommendation with a 2.1 rating.

Under its stock repurchase program, Domtar repurchased, during the 3rd quarter, 578,328 shares of common stock at an average price of $75.42 per share.  Since the inception of the program, Domtar repurchased 8,135,157 shares of common stock at an average price of $80.53. At the end of the quarter, Domtar had$345 million remaining under this program.

Domtar has a current dividend yield of 2.16%.  The dividend was increased 28.6% in the past year with the most recent increase in Q2 2012.

Domtar Corporation  reported net earnings of $66 million ($1.84 per share) for the third quarter of 2012 compared to net earnings of $59 million ($1.61 per share) for the second quarter of 2012 and net earnings of $117 million ($2.95 per share) for the third quarter of 2011. Sales for the third quarter of 2012 amounted to $1.4 billion.

Excluding extraordinary items, the Company had earnings before items1 of $67 million ($1.87 per share) for the third quarter of 2012 compared to earnings before items1 of $59 million ($1.61 per share) for the second quarter of 2012 and earnings before items1 of $123 million ($3.10 per share) for the third quarter of 2011.

When compared to the second quarter of 2012, paper shipments increased 0.9% and pulp shipments increased 12.8%.

Domtar is projected to increase EPS by 12.8% to $7.38 in 2013 and 19% to $8.84 in 2014.  With a PE of 12, the 2013 price target is $88.56.

We believe Domtar’s focus will continue to be on improving its cost structure, rationalizing its assets to match supply with demand, maximizing its free cash flow generation, and seeking acquisitions that reduce earnings volatility.  Domtar has made solid progress on debt reduction, and we expect it to use its strong cash flows to accelerate share repurchases.

Company Profile:

Domtar is the largest integrated marketer of uncoated freesheet paper in North America with recognized brands such as Cougar®, Lynx® Opaque Ultra, Husky® Opaque Offset, First Choice® and Domtar EarthChoice®.  Domtar is a leading marketer and producer of a complete line of incontinence care products marketed primarily under the Attends® brand name.  Domtar owns and operates Ariva®, an extensive network of strategically located paper and printing supplies distribution facilities.

Bullish Stocks Increasing Dividends

A diverse group of companies have increased dividend payments in recent months, often to bolster investors’ confidence in their overall business prospects.  Here are companies increasing dividends with a bullish or better outlook indicating a buy rating.

Cardinal Health, Inc. (CAH) operates as a healthcare services company that provides pharmaceutical and medical products and services. The company operates in two segments, Pharmaceutical and Medical.  CAH announced that its board of directors has approved a 10.5 percent increase in the company’s quarterly dividend to$0.2375 per share, or $0.95 per share on an annualized basis.  The regular dividend is payable on July 15 to shareholders of record on July 1. CAH has paid a $0.215 per share quarterly dividend since July 15, 2011. This is the 111th consecutive regular quarterly dividend.  The new dividend yield is 2.22%.  CAH has a 5-year average annual dividend growth of 21%.  CAH has an equity summary score of 9.3 out of 10 for a VERY Bullish Outlook.

Domtar Corporation (UFS) engages in the design, manufacture, marketing, and distribution of fiber-based products in North America. The company operates in three segments: Pulp and Paper, Distribution, and Personal Care.  UFS announced that its Board of Directors has approved a 29% increase to its quarterly dividend (from $0.35 to $0.45per share) on its common stock.  The Board of Directors declared the dividend payable on July 16, 2012 to stockholders of record as of the close of business on June 15, 2012.   The new dividend yield is 2.13%.  UFS has increased its dividend 80% since 2010.  UFS has an equity summary score of 8.6 out of 10 for a Bullish Outlook.

AMETEK, Inc. (AME) manufactures and sells electronic instruments and electromechanical devices in North America, Europe, Asia, and South America. The company operates in two segments, Electronic Instruments Group and Electromechanical Group.

AMETEK, Inc. (AME) announced its Board of Directors has declared a three-for-two stock split and approved a 50% increase in the quarterly cash dividend on its common stock.  The three-for-two split of its common stock will result in the issuance of one additional common share for every two shares owned as of the record date.  The new shares are payable on June 29, 2012, to shareholders of record on June 15, 2012.  Any fractional shares resulting from the stock split will be paid in cash based on the closing market price of AME stock on the record date. By splitting its stock, AME expects to broaden the stock’s marketability and improve its trading liquidity.

After reviewing the Company’s strong financial position and future expectations, AME’s Board of Directors also has decided to increase the quarterly common stock dividend 50%, to an indicated annual rate of $.36 per share ($.24 per share on a post-split basis).  The Board of Directors declared the second quarter dividend of $.09 per share ($.06 per share on a post-split basis), payable on June 29, 2012 to shareholders of record on June 15, 2012.  The new dividend yield is 0.72%.  AME has a 5-year average annual dividend growth of 17%.  AME has an equity summary score of 7.5 out of 10 for a Bullish Outlook.

Barrick Gold Corporation (ABX) engages in the production and sale of gold and copper. The company has a portfolio of 26 operating mines, and exploration and development projects located in North America, South America, the Australia Pacific region, and Africa.  ABX announced a 33% increase in its quarterly payout to 20 cents per share. The new dividend will be paid June 15 to shareholders of record as of May 31. The new dividend yield is 2.11%.  ABX has a 5-year average annual dividend growth of 29%.  ABX has an equity summary score of 7.7 out of 10 for a Bullish Outlook.

 

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