With great visibility into its cash flow generation opportunities in the future, Ensco (NYSE:ESV) decided it was time to raise its dividend. This confidence to generate cash flow is based partly around the company's record $11 billion backlog, and partly around its ever-increasing fleet size. Add to that several peer-leading liquidity and solvency metrics, and management decided it has the ability to reward shareholders with a 33% quarterly dividend hike. While its yield still falls short of Seadrill's (NYSE:SDRL) near 10% payout, Ensco is in a much better financial situation than its smaller peer. Check out what Ensco investor and Motley Fool analyst Taylor Muckerman has to say.

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