Investors can make big money from unknown and misunderstood companies. In the past few weeks, I found three dividend stocks whose special situations make them great opportunities for investors. I especially love dividend special situations, since the market quickly reacts to a raised dividend, and often unfairly punishes stocks whose dividends drop. Investors who take the time to understand these situations can profit, while most others will only find out about the opportunity after the fact.
Let's get started:
1. Spinoff and new dividend, oh my!
The parent company will consist of pipelines, midstream assets, and general and limited partner interests in El Paso Pipeline Partners LP
2. Increased dividend from an undervalued subsidiary
British telephone giant Vodafone
However, this situation will soon change. Verizon Wireless' debt is nearly gone, which means the company will likely soon begin paying dividends to its parents. This increased cash flow will allow Vodafone to increase its own dividend, at which point the market should revalue the company upward.
3. Rock-solid balance sheet and a new dividend
In the last 10 years, my final candidate has been wildly mispriced more than once. In 2000, its shares traded for more than 200 times earnings. Today, they trade for just 10 times earnings after adjusting for net cash.
The company is Cisco
Just a few weeks ago, the company initiated a quarterly dividend of $0.06 a share. While that's only a 1.5% yield, Cisco continues to generate massive amounts of cash, which it can use to grow its dividend.
The Foolish bottom line
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