Bill Miller seems befuddled. In his July 2010 commentary, he wonders why investors keep purchasing 10-year Treasuries yielding about 3%, when companies like ExxonMobil offer much higher potential returns.

His formula for Exxon is straightforward: "A sum of the dividend yield, growth rate and share shrink could represent an attractive annual return even if the valuation stays the same, and the valuation is among the lowest the company has traded at in years." When you add up the components, Exxon could offer 16.4% returns per year in a low-return environment.

I'm no less baffled than Miller by investors' preference for bonds, but I do think he's on to something. To see whether more Miller-like opportunities like Exxon are out there, I looked for companies with:

  • A dividend yield greater than the 3% 10-year Treasury yield.
  • A five-year track record of dividend growth.
  • A history of repurchasing shares.
  • A P/E less than 25.

Here's what I found:



5-Year Div. Growth

Share Shrink


Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE: LMT)





General Dynamics Corp. (NYSE: GD)





Boeing (NYSE: BA)





Source: Capital IQ, a division of Standard & Poor's.

From the table above, Lockheed Martin fits Miller's criteria perfectly. It pays a 3.4% dividend that has been growing 20.5%, on average, for the past five years. The company also trades at just under 10 times earnings and produces plenty of cash flow to repurchase shares. Both General Dynamics and Boeing look attractive as well, but their yields are currently below 10-year Treasuries.

Foolish bottom line
Would Bill Miller consider investing in Lockheed Martin? It meets all the criteria above, and it could offer a 30.8% return over time -- although it will be hard for the company to maintain such a dividend growth rate. In today's low-return environment, that's pretty attractive. I don't know why the market is offering up this opportunity, but as long as it is, Lockheed Martin could be worth pursuing further.

Million Dollar Portfolio associate advisor David Meier does not own shares of any of the companies mentioned. General Dynamics is a Motley Fool Inside Value selection. The Fool owns shares of ExxonMobil. Try any of our Foolish newsletters today, free for 30 days. The Fool's disclosure policy never goes out of style.