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gfp927z   Wednesday, 12/23/15 11:38:16 PM
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>>> Eversource Energy


Eversource Energy is another diversified utility stock. It trades at 16.3 times forward earnings and offers a dividend yield of 3.34%. The company has grown dividend payouts by 8.7% compounded annually (CAGR) between 2011 and 2015 (2015 payout is $1.67 a share and in 2011 it was $1.10).

After growing EPS by 9%-to-10% for the 2013 and 2014 fiscal years, the number clocks in over 6% in the fiscal year, 2016.

Between 2010 and 2014, Eversource out-performed the regulated electric stocks every year and it's proved to be a better wealth protector in the 2015 YTD with it shares reflecting a loss of 2.46% as against a loss of 5.11% for its peer set (on a total returns basis).

The company has an impressive reach with over three million electric and natural gas customers in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Over 4,200 miles of electric transmission lines, 72,000 miles of electric distribution lines and 6,500 miles of natural gas distribution lines gives it a wide area of operations.

Here are three reasons to buy the stock: 1) The company has projected a long-term EPS growth of 6%-to-8%; 2) The management is confident of its ability to reduce operations and maintenance costs by an average of 3% annually through 2018; and 3) It possesses the only "A" credit rating in the industry.


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