Quality Growth

Large-cap, dividend paying, blue-chip companies with financial strength, high profitability, earnings predictability and low debt-to-equity ratios.


The Quality Growth Portfolio consists of 25-35 stocks selected through a rigorous quality screening process from among a universe of over 300 stocks. 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 growth companies provide superior returns with less risk.
  • Stock prices follow earnings growth.
  • Appropriate diversification lowers risk.

Investment Process

Investment Process

Portfolio Characteristics*

CharacteristicHaverfordS&P 500
Financial StrengthA+B+
Earnings Predictability8364
Average Market Cap ($Billion)168.0139.0
Return on Equity (Median)18.2%14.4%
Projected EPS Growth (5 Years)8.6%10.5%
Historical EPS Growth (5 Years)7.0%3.5%
Hist. Dividend Growth (5 Years)16.6%10.7%
Dividend Yield2.2%2.1%
Price to 2017 Earnings18.217.4
Projected Growth Rate + Dividend Yield10.812.6

Sector Allocation*

HaverfordS&P 500
Consumer Discretionary14.6%12.1%
Consumer Staples17.19.4
Health Care21.313.6
Information Technology15.920.7
Real Estate0.02.8

Top-Ten Holdings*

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated
Comcast Corporation Class A
Johnson & Johnson
Apple Inc.
Accenture Plc
TJX Companies, Inc.
MasterCard Inc.
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
BlackRock, Inc.
Wells Fargo & Company

* Based on recommended portfolio weights. Portfolio Characteristics, Sector Allocation and Holdings are subject to change at any time based on market or other conditions.
   The S&P 500 is for comparative purposes only. The S&P 500 is a capitalization-weighted index, 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.

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.