Quality Dividend Yield

Providing high levels of current income, from attractively valued, higher-yielding, large-cap equities.


Haverford's Quality Dividend Yield Portfolio is designed to meet the needs of investors who desire a balance between current portfolio income and the opportunity for future appreciation. We choose companies for the portfolio based on superior financial strength, above-average and consistent earnings growth, regular and growing dividend payments and a strong competitive position.

Investment Philosophy

  • High quality, established companies provide superior returns with less risk.
  • Dividend paying companies provide superior returns with less risk.
  • Attractively valued stocks with high dividend yields offer the opportunity for above-average capital appreciation and enhanced income.
  • Stock prices follow earnings growth.
  • Appropriate diversification lowers risk.

Investment Process

Investment Process

Portfolio Characteristics*

HaverfordS&P 500
Financial StrengthAB+
Earnings Predictability7564
Average Market Cap ($Billion)193.0139.0
Return on Equity (Median)21.9%14.4%
Dividend Coverage1.9 x2.7 x
Projected EPS Growth (5 Years)9.1%10.5%
Historical EPS Growth (5 Years)1.9%3.5%
Hist. Dividend Growth (5 years)9.0%10.7%
Dividend Yield3.1%2.1%
Price to 2017 Earnings17.717.4
Projected Growth Rate + Dividend Yield12.1%12.6%

Sector Allocation*

HaverfordS&P 500
Consumer Discretionary10.2%12.1%
Consumer Staples20.79.4
Health Care12.513.6
Information Technology13.620.7
Real Estate0.02.8

Top-Ten Holdings*

Yield2017 P/E
Microsoft Corporation2.519.1
Verizon Communications Inc.4.213.3
Apple Inc.2.011.6
Philip Morris International Inc.4.619.0
Eaton Corp. Plc3.315.3
Kraft Heinz Company2.822.3
United Parcel Service, Inc. Class B2.718.6
General Electric Company3.019.0
JPMorgan Chase & Co.2.213.4
Merck & Co., Inc.3.115.4

* Based on recommended portfolio weights. The S&P 500 is for comparative purposes only. The S&P 500 is a capitalization-weighted indexes, calculated on a total return basis with dividends reinvested. The S&P 500 is an unmanaged index with no expenses, which covers 500 industrial, utility, transportation, and financial companies of U.S. markets. It is not possible to invest directly in an index. Portfolio characteristics, allocations, and holdings are subject to change at any time based on market and other conditions.
   Measures of Financial Strength and Earnings Predictability are sourced from Value Line Inc. Beta measures exposure to market risk.

All Data as of December 31, 2016. The information presented should not be construed as investment advice or recommendations with respect to specific securities presented and may not represent the holdings or weighting of any particular portfolio.