Top Fifteen Highest-Rated Dividend Companies in 2019

Posted on Saturday, February 23rd, 2019 by MarketBeat Staff

MarketBeat tracks approximately 175,000 ratings each year and tracks more than 15,000 securities around the globe that pay dividends each month or quarter.

This slide show lists the 15 dividend-paying companies (having yields above 25%) that also have the highest average analyst recommendations from Wall Street's equities research analysts over the last 12 months.

#1 - Ag Growth International (TSE:AFN)

Dividend Yield: 4.15%
Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 3.2
Ratings Breakdown: 8 Buy Ratings, 0 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: C$70.29 (21.6% Upside)

Insider Trades by Quarter for Ag Growth International (TSE:AFN)

Ag Growth International logoAg Growth International Inc., together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and distributes grain handling, storage, and conditioning equipment in Canada, the United States, and internationally. The company offers portable handling equipment, such as portable augers, portable belt conveyors, grainvacs, and storm seed treaters; and permanent handling equipment, including TA tapered auger vertical blend systems, high-tonnage conveying systems, distributors, bulk weigh hoppers, enclosed belt conveyors, bucket elevators, rail and truck probes, VIS micro dosing systems, chain conveyors, truss and towers, screw feeders and conveyors, and spout and connections. It also provides storage and conditioning equipment comprising storage bins, temporary storage systems, aeration and conditioning systems, dust collection systems, pneumatic conveying systems, heaters, unloads, petroleum and water storage systems, and bin monitoring systems. The company offers its products under the Batco, Wheatheart, Westfield, Storm, REM, Hutchinson, Mayrath, Hi Roller, Union Iron, HSI, Tramco, PTM, VIS, Nuvision, MMS, Yargus, Brownie, York, CMC, Junge Control, Twister, Grain Guard, Airlanco, Westeel, Frame, AGI Brasil, MFS, Stormor, Neco, GTS, Sentinel, and Guardian brand names. Ag Growth International Inc. was founded in 1996 and is based in Winnipeg, Canada. Ag Growth International Inc. is a subsidiary of Benachee Resources Inc.

#2 - Horizon North Logistics (TSE:HNL)

Dividend Yield: 4.21%
Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 2.9
Ratings Breakdown: 6 Buy Ratings, 1 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: C$2.91 (48.4% Upside)

Insider Trades by Quarter for Horizon North Logistics (TSE:HNL)

Horizon North Logistics logoHorizon North Logistics Inc. provides industrial, commercial, and residential products and services in Canada and the United States. The company's Industrial Services division supplies workforce accommodations, camp management services, access solutions, relocatable structures, and maintenance and utilities services. Its Modular Construction division integrates modern design concepts and technology with off-site manufacturing processes; and produces building solutions for commercial and residential offerings, including offices, hotels, and retail buildings, as well as distinctive single detached dwellings and multi-family residential structures. The company serves clients in energy, mining, forestry, and construction sectors. Horizon North Logistics Inc. is based in Calgary, Canada.

#3 - Evergy (NASDAQ:EVRG)

Dividend Yield: 3.17%
Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 2.8
Ratings Breakdown: 4 Buy Ratings, 1 Hold Ratings, 1 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $59.50 (7.2% Upside)

Insider Trades by Quarter for Evergy (NASDAQ:EVRG)

Evergy logoWestar Energy, Inc. engages in the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity in Kansas. It provides electricity to residential, commercial, and industrial customers in the cities of Topeka, Lawrence, Manhattan, Salina, and Hutchinson. The company was founded in 1924 and is headquartered in Topeka, KS.

#4 - Capital Southwest (NASDAQ:CSWC)

Dividend Yield: 6.65%
Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 2.8
Ratings Breakdown: 2 Buy Ratings, 1 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $22.3333 (0.8% Upside)

Insider Trades by Quarter for Capital Southwest (NASDAQ:CSWC)

Capital Southwest logoCapital Southwest Corporation is a business development company specializing in credit and private equity and venture capital investments in middle market companies, mezzanine, later stage, mature, late venture, emerging growth, buyouts, recapitalizations and growth capital investments. It does not invest in startups, publicly traded companies, real estate developments, project finance opportunities, oil and gas exploration businesses, troubled companies, turnarounds, and companies in which significant senior management is departing. In lower middle market, the firm typically invests in growth financing, bolt-on acquisitions, new platform acquisitions, refinancing, dividend recapitalizations, sponsor-led buyouts, and management buyouts situations. The investment structures are Unitranche debt, subordinated debt, senior debt, first and second lien debt, and preferred and common equity. The firm makes equity co-investments alongside debt investments, up to 20% of total check and only makes non-control investments. It prefers to invest in Industrial manufacturing and services, value-added distribution, healthcare products and services, business services, specialty chemicals, food and beverage, tech-enabled services and SaaS models. The firm seeks to invest in energy services and products, industrial technologies, and specialty chemicals and products. Within energy services and products, the firm seeks to invest in each segment of the industry, including upstream, midstream and downstream, excluding exploration and production with a focus on differentiated products and services, equipment and tool rental, consumable products, and drilling and completion chemicals. Within industrial technologies, it seeks to invest in automation and process controls, handling and packaging equipment, industrial filtration and fluid handling, measurement, monitoring and testing, professional tools, and sensors and instrumentation. Within and specialty chemicals and products, the firm seeks to invest in businesses that develop and manufacture highly differentiated chemicals and products including adhesives, coatings and sealants, catalysts and absorbents, cosmeceuticals, fine chemicals, flavors and fragrances, performance lubricants, polymers, plastics and composites, chemical dispensing and filtration equipment, professional and industrial trade consumables and tools, engineered solutions for HVAC, plumbing, and electrical installations, specified high performance materials for fire protection and oilfield applications. It may also invest in exceptional opportunities in building products. The firm seeks to invest in the United States. The firm seeks to make investments ranging from $5 to $25 million in securities. It seeks to make equity investments up to $5 million and debt investments between $5 million and $20 million and co-invest in transaction size upto $40 million. It prefers to invest in companies with revenues approaching above $10 million, profitable operations, historical growth rate of at least 15 percent per year. . Within the lower middle market, it seeks to invest in with less than $15 million in EBITDA and also opportunistically invests in the upper middle market, generally defined as companies with EBITDA in excess of $50 million. In addition to making direct investments, the firm allocates capital to syndicated first and second lien term loans in the upper middle market. Criteria for Upper Middle Market Syndicated 1st Lien is EBITDA Size more than $30 million, Closing Leverage greater than 4 times, investment hold size between $5 million and $7 million, investment yield greater than 6.5%. Criteria for Upper Middle Market Syndicated 2nd Lien is EBITDA Size more than $50 million, Closing Leverage greater than 6 times, investment hold size between $5 million and $7 million, investment yield greater than 9%. It prefers to take a majority and minority stake. The firm has the flexibility to hold investments for very long period in its portfolio companies. It may also invest through warrants. The firm prefers to take Board participation in its portfolio companies. Capital Southwest Corporation was founded on April 19, 1961 and is based in Dallas, Texas.

#5 - Entercom Communications (NYSE:ETM)

Dividend Yield: 4.73%
Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 2.8
Ratings Breakdown: 2 Buy Ratings, 2 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $8.25 (9.1% Upside)

Insider Trades by Quarter for Entercom Communications (NYSE:ETM)

Entercom Communications logoEntercom Communications Corp. operates as a radio broadcasting company in the United States. The company owns and operates radio stations in various formats, such as news, sports, talk, classic rock, urban, adult contemporary, alternative, country, and others. As of February 20, 2018, it had a portfolio of approximately 235 radio stations, digital platforms, and live events. Entercom Communications Corp. was founded in 1968 and is headquartered in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania.

#6 - Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO)

Dividend Yield: 2.67%
Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 2.8
Ratings Breakdown: 19 Buy Ratings, 5 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $53.6190 (7.0% Upside)

Insider Trades by Quarter for Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO)

Cisco Systems logoCisco Systems, Inc. designs, manufactures, and sells Internet Protocol based networking and other products related to the communications and information technology industry worldwide. The company offers switching products; routing products that interconnect public and private wireline and mobile networks; data center products; and wireless access points for use in voice, video, and data applications. It also provides collaboration products comprising unified communications, TelePresence, and conferencing, as well as the Internet of Things and analytics software. In addition, the company offers security products, including network and data center security, advanced threat protection, Web and email security, access and policy, unified threat management, advisory, integration, and managed services; and other products, such as service provider video software and solutions, and cloud and system management products. Further, it offers technical support services and advanced services; and hyperconvergence software, cloud calling and contact center solutions, and AI-driven relationship intelligence platform. The company serves businesses of various sizes, public institutions, governments, and service providers. It sells its products directly, as well as through channel partners, such as systems integrators, service providers, other resellers, and distributors. The company was founded in 1984 and is headquartered in San Jose, California.

#7 - Marathon Petroleum (NYSE:MPC)

Dividend Yield: 3.28%
Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 2.8
Ratings Breakdown: 16 Buy Ratings, 1 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $92.2986 (42.0% Upside)

Insider Trades by Quarter for Marathon Petroleum (NYSE:MPC)

Marathon Petroleum logoMarathon Petroleum Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in refining, marketing, retailing, and transporting petroleum products primarily in the United States. It operates through three segments: Refining & Marketing, Speedway, and Midstream. It refines crude oil and other feed stocks at its six refineries in the Gulf Coast and Midwest regions of the United States; and purchases refined products and ethanol for resale. Its refined products include gasoline, distillates, propane, feed stocks and special products, heavy fuel oil, and asphalt. It also sells transportation fuels and convenience products in the retail market through Speedway convenience stores; gathers, processes, and transports natural gas; gathers, transports, fractionates, stores, and markets natural gas liquids (NGLs); and transports and stores crude oil and refined products. It markets its refined products to resellers, consumers, independent retailers, wholesale customers, its Marathon brand jobbers and Speedway brand convenience stores, airlines, transportation companies, and utilities. It also exports its refined products. As of December 31, 2017, it owned and operated 18 asphalt terminals and 61 light products terminals; 2,744 convenience stores in 21 states; 289 transport trucks and 296 trailers; 1,999 leased and 19 owned railcars; and owned/leased and operated 1,613 miles of common carrier crude oil and 2,360 miles of common carrier products pipelines, as well as had 5,617 retail outlets in 20 states and the District of Columbia, and interests in 2,194 miles of crude oil and 1,917 miles of products pipelines. It also owns and operates 228 miles of private products pipelines; has ownership interests in 739 miles of common carrier crude oil pipeline and 1,741 miles of products pipelines; and distributes refined products through approximately 130 light products and 2 asphalt third-party terminals. The company was incorporated in 2009 and is headquartered in Findlay, Ohio.

#8 - Mcdonald's (NYSE:MCD)

Dividend Yield: 2.54%
Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 2.8
Ratings Breakdown: 23 Buy Ratings, 5 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $193.4231 (5.6% Upside)

Insider Trades by Quarter for Mcdonald`s (NYSE:MCD)

McdonaldMcDonald's Corporation operates and franchises McDonald's restaurants in the United States and internationally. Its restaurants offer various food products, soft drinks, coffee, and other beverages, as well as breakfast menu. As of December 31, 2017, the company operated 37,241 restaurants, including 34,108 franchised restaurants comprising 21,366 franchised to conventional franchisees, 6,945 licensed to developmental licensees, and 5,797 licensed to foreign affiliates; and 3,133 company-operated restaurants. McDonald's Corporation was founded in 1940 and is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.

#9 - Nutrien (NYSE:NTR)

Dividend Yield: 3.18%
Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 2.8
Ratings Breakdown: 12 Buy Ratings, 5 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $62.00 (14.4% Upside)

Insider Trades by Quarter for Nutrien (NYSE:NTR)

Nutrien logoNutrien Ltd. produces and markets crop nutrients worldwide. The company offers potash, nitrogen, phosphate, and solid and liquid phosphate fertilizers; and phosphate feed, ammonium sulfate, and industrial acid products. It also retails seeds, crop protection and crop nutrient products, merchandise products, and agronomic services through operating 1,500 retail locations. The company was incorporated in 2017 and is headquartered in Saskatoon, Canada.

#10 - Enterprise Products Partners (NYSE:EPD)

Dividend Yield: 6.2%
Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 2.8
Ratings Breakdown: 18 Buy Ratings, 1 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $32.5882 (16.1% Upside)

Insider Trades by Quarter for Enterprise Products Partners (NYSE:EPD)

Enterprise Products Partners logoEnterprise Products Partners L.P. provides midstream energy services to producers and consumers of natural gas, natural gas liquids (NGLs), crude oil, petrochemicals, and refined products. The company operates through four segments: NGL Pipelines & Services, Crude Oil Pipelines & Services, Natural Gas Pipelines & Services, and Petrochemical & Refined Products Services. The NGL Pipelines & Services segment offers natural gas processing and related NGL marketing services, as well as NGL export docks and related services. It operates approximately 19,600 miles of NGL pipelines; NGL and related product storage facilities; 14 NGL fractionators; and a liquefied petroleum gas and ethane export terminals, and related operations. The Crude Oil Pipelines & Services segment operates approximately 5,800 miles of crude oil pipelines; and crude oil storage and marine terminals located in Oklahoma and Texas, as well as a fleet of 495 tractor-trailer tank trucks used to transport crude oil. It also engages in crude oil marketing activities. The Natural Gas Pipelines & Services segment operates approximately 19,700 miles of natural gas pipeline systems to gather and transport natural gas in Colorado, Louisiana, New Mexico, Texas, and Wyoming. It leases underground salt dome natural gas storage facilities in Texas and Louisiana; owns an underground salt dome storage cavern in Texas; and markets natural gas. The Petrochemical & Refined Products Services segment operates propylene fractionation and related activities, including 800 miles of pipelines; butane isomerization complex, associated deisobutanizer units, and related pipeline assets; and octane enhancement and high purity isobutylene production facilities. It also operates approximately 4,100 miles of refined products pipelines; and terminals, as well as provides refined products marketing and marine transportation services. The company was founded in 1968 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

#11 - Crown Capital Partners (TSE:CRWN)

Dividend Yield: 6%
Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 2.8
Ratings Breakdown: 3 Buy Ratings, 1 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: C$11.33 (10.3% Upside)

Insider Trades by Quarter for Crown Capital Partners (TSE:CRWN)

Crown Capital Partners logoCrown Capital Partners Inc. is a private equity firm specializing in acquisitions, special situations, management and leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations, mezzanine, bridge loans, and growth capital investments in private and public middle market companies. The firm also provides leveraged working capital loan and also invests in the form of royalties. It targets investments in companies based in Canada and select companies in the United States. It seeks to invest in all sectors. The firm typically makes investments between $1 million and $25 million in companies with sales value between $10 million and $200 million, enterprise value between $5 million and $200 million, and EBITDA between $2 million and $50 million. However, it may finance significantly larger transactions as well. The firm typically, invests in the form of subordinated debentures with or without equity participation rights as well as in unitranche debt with a single debt facility, combining senior and junior debt terms into a single senior debt facility. It also seeks to invest in distressed loans and acquires senior security position on the portfolio company's balance sheet. It makes equity investments in control buyout transactions. The firm seeks to exit its investments in less than five years. Crown Capital Partners Inc. was founded in 2000 and is based in Calgary, Canada with an additional office in Toronto, Canada.

#12 - Bain Capital Specialty Finance (NYSE:BCSF)

Dividend Yield: 8.11%
Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 2.8
Ratings Breakdown: 3 Buy Ratings, 1 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $20.25 (0.3% Upside)

Insider Trades by Quarter for Bain Capital Specialty Finance (NYSE:BCSF)

Bain Capital Specialty Finance logoBain Capital Specialty Finance, Inc. operates as a business development company (BDC) specializing in direct loans to middle-market companies. The fund seeks to invest in senior investments with a first or second lien on collateral, senior first lien, stretch senior, senior second lien, unitranche, mezzanine debt, junior securities, other junior investments, and secondary purchases of assets or portfolios that primarily consist of middle-market corporate debt. It typically invests in companies with EBITDA between $10 million and $150 million.

#13 - Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL)

Dividend Yield: 2.72%
Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 2.7
Ratings Breakdown: 14 Buy Ratings, 3 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $68.1333 (32.2% Upside)

Insider Trades by Quarter for Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL)

Delta Air Lines logoDelta Air Lines, Inc. provides scheduled air transportation for passengers and cargo in the United States and internationally. The company operates through two segments, Airline and Refinery. Its route network is centered on a system of hubs, international gateways, and airports in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, London-Heathrow, Los Angeles, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York-LaGuardia, New York-JFK, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City, Seattle, and Tokyo-Narita. The company sells its tickets through various distribution channels, including delta.com and mobile applications/Web, telephone reservations, online travel agencies, traditional brick and mortar, and other agencies. It also provides aircraft maintenance, repair, and overhaul services; staffing, aviation, and professional security and training services to third parties; and vacation packages to third-party consumers, as well as aircraft charters, and management and programs. As of February 9, 2018, the company operated a fleet of approximately 800 aircraft. Delta Air Lines, Inc. was founded in 1924 and is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.

#14 - Blackstone Group (NYSE:BX)

Dividend Yield: 6.82%
Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 2.7
Ratings Breakdown: 10 Buy Ratings, 2 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $42.7727 (27.1% Upside)

Insider Trades by Quarter for Blackstone Group (NYSE:BX)

Blackstone Group logoThe Blackstone Group L.P. is a publicly owned alternative asset manager. The firm also provides capital markets services to its clients. It provides its services to public and corporate pension funds, academic, cultural, and charitable organizations, retirees, sovereign wealth funds, and institutional and individual investors. The firm manages separate client focused portfolios for its clients. It also launches and manages private equity funds, real estate funds, funds of hedge funds, collateralized loan obligations, real estate investment trusts, and credit-focused funds for its clients. The firm invests in private equity, public equity, fixed income, and alternative investment markets across the globe. The Blackstone Group L.P. was founded in 1985 and is based in New York City, New York with additional offices in London, United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Baltimore, Maryland, Beijing, China, Copenhagen, Denmark, Dusseldorf, Germany, Los Angeles, California, Paris, France, San Francisco, California, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Singapore, Sydney, Australia, and Tokyo, Japan.

#15 - Public Service Enterprise Group (NYSE:PEG)

Dividend Yield: 3.16%
Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 2.7
Ratings Breakdown: 11 Buy Ratings, 3 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $57.0417 (-0.5% Upside)

Insider Trades by Quarter for Public Service Enterprise Group (NYSE:PEG)

Public Service Enterprise Group logoPublic Service Enterprise Group Incorporated, through its subsidiaries, operates as an energy company primarily in the Northeastern and Mid- Atlantic United States. It operates through two segments, PSE&G and Power. The PSE&G segment transmits electricity; and distributes electricity and gas to residential, commercial, and industrial customers, as well as invests in solar generation projects, and energy efficiency and related programs; and offers appliance services and repairs to customers. As of December 31, 2017, it had electric transmission and distribution system of 24,000 circuit miles and 853,000 poles; and 18,000 miles of gas mains, 12 gas distribution headquarters, 2 sub-headquarters, and 1 meter shop. This segment also owns and operates 50 switching stations with an aggregate installed capacity of 36,023 megavolt-amperes (MVA), as well as 244 substations with an aggregate installed capacity of 8,250 MVA; and 4 electric distribution headquarters and 5 sub-headquarters, as well as 58 natural gas metering and regulating stations. The Power segment operates nuclear, coal, gas, oil-fired, solar, and renewable generation facilities. As of December 31, 2017, it had an installed fossil and nuclear generating capacity of approximately 10,562 megawatts. Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in Newark, New Jersey.





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