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Is It Time to Buy Walt Disney?

The main content for this article first appeared in the Seeking Alpha Marketplace service DGI Across North America, in which other stable, long-term companies were discussed.

Conservative investors should give Walt Disney (NYSE:DIS)  another look, as the stock has been consolidating and earnings catching up.

Disney World in Orlando

Disney World in Orlando

Walt Disney: The Business

Disney is a conglomerate of content. It owns Pixar (acquired in 2006), Marvel (2009), Lucasfilm (2012). And of course, Disney profits from its franchises via its theme parks, movies, and merchandises.

Recent News

In December 2017, Disney announced that it’ll acquire certain key 21st Century Fox assets. Here’s the press release and here is some additional info from NBC News. This will be a positive for Disney, as Fox has popular entertainment properties, including X-Men, Avatar, and The Simpsons. The acquisition could also lead to cost savings of more than $2 billion.

The Fox acquisition is expected to close by June 2018. From the Disney press release:

Prior to the close of the transaction, it is anticipated that 21st Century Fox will seek to complete its planned acquisition of the 61% of Sky it doesn’t already own. Sky is one of Europe’s most successful pay television and creative enterprises with innovative and high-quality direct-to-consumer platforms, resonant brands and a strong and respected leadership team.

However, Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) has joined in on the bid for Sky. Perhaps the increased uncertainty around Sky is why Disney dipped recently.

The dip is a great opportunity to nibble some Disney. The stock now yields 1.6%, which is my minimum yield target for the stock. My conservative estimate is that the company has the capacity to grow its dividend at a rate of 7-10% for the next few years. Read More

Fortis Inc.: A Quality Utility That Looks Cheap?!

The main content for this article first appeared in the Seeking Alpha Marketplace service DGI Across North America, in which other utilities were discussed.

Utilities have been great income-growth investments over the long term. The Canadian utilities have dipped meaningfully recently. So, I think it’s a great time to check out Fortis Inc. (TSX:FTS)(NYSE:FTS).

electric distribution

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Get a +5% Yield From This Stable Company

The main content for this article first appeared as 1 of 9 top Canadian dividend ideas for December 2017 in the Seeking Alpha Marketplace service DGI Across North America.

Brookfield Property Partners LP (TSX:BPY.UN)(NYSE:BPY) is a reasonably-priced stock in a fully-valued market. Now is an excellent opportunity to buy Brookfield Property (below ~CAD$28 per unit on the Toronto Stock Exchange and at ~US$22 on the New York Stock Exchange) for income.

office building with a friendly smiling cartoon character beside it

The Business

Brookfield Property owns and operates a global portfolio of real estate assets with a focus in North America. It has ~US$152 billion of assets under management, of which ~73% are in North America. Nearly 17% are in the United Kingdom and Europe, ~8% are in Australia and Asia, and <2% are in Brazil. It has 30 offices, around the globe, where it has ~250 investment professionals and ~16,000 operating employees to get the job done.

About 80% of its portfolio is in core office and retail assets, which targets total returns of 10-12%. The remainder of the portfolio is in opportunistic investments, which target higher returns of 18-20%.

The core portfolio focuses on generating stable cash flows, which help with paying its +5% yield. The opportunistic portfolio aims to invest in mispriced properties in multifamily, industrial, hospitality, triple net lease, self-storage, student housing, and manufactured housing sectors.

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