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WestRock: High Yield, Attractive Value, But Unreliable Dividend Growth

Published Mon, 15 Apr 2019 07:47:58 -0400 on Seeking Alpha

I’m always pleased when The Dividend Growth Club subscribers reach out to me with questions about a certain stock they’re doing due diligence on. When I started this service, I said I hoped that a community would form and the collective consciousness would come together to help us all reach financial freedom via reliably increasing dividends. With this in mind, I’m happy to do my part. I’ve made it clear that I never give investment advice (I’m not a professional adviser after all, but instead just your average Joe who enjoys portfolio management), but I am happy to perform my own due diligence and post my opinion on a given name. So, without further adieu, let’s get into my due diligence findings regarding WestRock Company (WRK).
I’m always pleased to add a new DGI stock to my watch list/coverage universe. When the subscriber reached out to me about WRK, I had to be honest: I wasn’t very familiar with the company.
In the past, I’ve done basic work on the packaging industry because I thought it did have secular tailwinds because of the rise of eCommerce volumes. I continue to believe this is an attractive industry. It’s not an exciting space and I imagine it will continue to be cyclical (which is why I don’t own any stocks in the packaging space). Yet, I’m not opposed to doing so.
Since my due diligence on WRK is essentially starting from scratch, I figured this piece could serve a double duty. Not only will it shed some light on WRK as a potential... Read more

Stock name Last trade   P/E Earnings/Share Dividend/Share Dividend yield
INTERNATIONAL PAPER 42.33   10.2 4.17 2.00 4.59
UNITED PARCEL SERVICE 99.72   19.0 5.24 3.84 3.76
FEDEX 160.90   11.9 13.56 2.60 1.57


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