Dividends4Life: Stock Analysis: Colgate-Palmolive Company (CL)

Stock Analysis: Colgate-Palmolive Company (CL)

Posted by D4L | Thursday, April 29, 2010 | | 0 comments »

Colgate-Palmolive Company is a consumer products company, whose products are marketed throughout the world. Colgate’s Oral Care products include toothpaste, toothbrushes, oral rinses, dental floss and pharmaceutical products.

CL dominates the oral care category with a worldwide toothpaste market share of almost 45%. The company’s confidence in its growth prospects are reflected in it most recent dividend increase of 20.5%. Historically, the company has produced strong free cash flow. Its debt level has prevented me from purchasing the stock in the past. CL’s debt to total capital has been as high as 91% in 2002. Over the years the company has steadily decreased this ratio to its current 51%. Though it is still above the 51% I prefer, the trend is headed in the right direction and the company’s FCF payout is low enough to support continued debt reduction. I am looking to initiate a CL position in May.

Source: Dividends Value

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