Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Corp (NTT) is a provider of fixed and mobile voice related services, IP/packet communications services, sales of telecommunications equipment, system integration and other telecommunications related services in Japan. Shares of NTT are represented by an American depository receipt (ADR) at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).
NTT is a Dividend Contender with an 11-year streak of dividend increases. It pays dividends semi-annually, in March and September. At $22.43 per share, the last dividend payment of $0.4853 per share represents a yield of 4.33%.
Fair value estimates for NTT vary from $31.00 (MorningStar) to $32.60 (S&P Capital IQ) to $43.11 (Graham Number method). The current price of $22.43 is discounted by about 31% to the median of these estimates ($32.60), as required by my stock selection criteria.
The following table provides some key statistics for NTT, with highlighted values relating directly to my stock selection criteria.
I require a 5-yr total payback percentage of at least 16%. Assuming no further dividend increases, the 5-year total payback percentage for NTT equals (500*0.97)/22.43 = 21.62%. Any dividend increases in the next 5 years would improve the payback percentage.
NTT passes all but one of my selection criteria and, consequently, earns 6 stars: (*******)
Other ratings for NTT
(see Recent Buy: CVX for details on these ratings)
Generally, I like telecom stocks because of their reputation for dependable dividend payments. As an international stock, NTT is an added bonus because it diversifies my portfolio geographically as well as by industry.
This purchase adds $106.77 of expected dividend income to DivGro for the 2013 calendar year, an amount which should increase when NTT announces its next dividend increase.
Full Disclosure: Long NTT