Earnings were down significantly for the latest quarter year-over-year on a one percent drop in revenues, primarily due to higher taxes and losses in Europe. “As expected, we got off to a slow start in the first quarter. The results we’re reporting today slightly exceeded our internal expectations for the first quarter, despite heavy losses in Europe and a higher tax rate. We previously communicated we expect an unusually strong second half of 2011, and our outlook remains the same,” said Thomas W. Swidarski, Diebold president and chief executive officer.
Total dividend payout for Diebold is $73.1 million, which is well covered by the operating cash flow of $239.4 million. The dividend payout rate was raised in February from 27 cents a share to 28 cents share, an increase of 3.7%.
The other long term dividend increaser is American States Water Company (AWR), which has boosted its dividend 57 years in a row. This stock, which is one of the companies on the High Yield Water Utility Stock list at WallStreetNewsNetwork.com, trades at 15.6 times forward earnings and yields 3.3%.
The total dividend payout is $20.9 million, easily covered by $54.7 million in operating cash flow. Earnings for the latest quarter were down 10.6% on a 6.6% increase in revenues.
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Disclosure: Author did not own any of the above at the time the article was written.