Sunday, June 5

Week 257 - Barron’s 500 Defensive Stocks That Have Outperformed the S&P 500 for 16 Years

Situation: This is Blog #3 of a 3-blog series on S&P 500 Index stocks that have outperformed that Index for 16 yrs, i.e., up more and down less (see Week 255 and Week 256). For each blog, the companies we analyze are S&P Dividend Achievers and have high S&P ratings on their stocks and bonds. This week we cover companies in “defensive” S&P industries that have revenues sufficient for inclusion in the recently published 2016 Barron’s 500 List.

Mission: We select Dividend Achievers in defensive industries (Consumer Staples, HealthCare, Utilities, and Communication Services) that have outperformed the S&P 500 Index for the past 16 yrs. By “outperformed” we mean their stocks were up more and down less: 16-yr total returns/yr were greater and losses in the last market correction (April through September of 2011) were less. In addition, all companies must have an S&P bond rating of BBB+ or higher and an S&P stock rating of B+/M or higher. Net Present Values are calculated; NPV data points are presented in U-Y of the Table. [A full explanation of inputs for NPV calculations is given in the Appendix of last week’s blog (Week 256).]

Execution: see Table.

Bottom Line: Five companies are outstanding. MO, COST, HRL, NEE and CVS have NPVs that are above the group average, as well as improving 3-yr trends in cash-flow based Return on Invested Capital (ROIC) and sales (which determine a company’s Barron’s 500 rank), and an ROIC that exceeds the company’s weighted average cost of capital (WACC). 

Risk Ranking: 6 (Treasuries = 1 and gold = 10)

Full Disclosure: I dollar-average into JNJ, NEE and PG, and own shares of ABT, HRL, CVS, KO and PEP.

NOTE: Metrics highlighted in red in the Table indicate underperformance vs. our key benchmark, the Vanguard Balanced Index Fund (VBINX, at Line 26 in the Table). Metrics highlighted in green at Columns Q and R in the Table indicate improving performance trends for fundamental business parameters. Metrics highlighted in purple at Columns Z and AA in the Table indicate a company in current difficulty, ROIC being lower than WACC. Aside from NPV calculations for May 12, 2016, metrics are current for the Sunday of publication.

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