Beyond banks: Two great stocks for dividend lovers

Most Australian investors expect solid dividend payments from the country’s large banks, including Commonwealth Bank (ASX: CBA), with its 5% yield, and Westpac (ASX: WPC), which also pays a yield in the 5% range.

But if your portfolio is already well kitted out with bank shares, you may want to look to the two companies below for additional income.

Idea #1: Tabcorp 

Tabcorp (ASX: TAH) is a Melbourne-headquartered gambling and leisure products company with a market cap of about $2.5 billion. Its four business segments include Wagering, Media & International, Gaming, and Keno.

As my colleague Mike King recently put it: “Think of Tabcorp as a utility company with a firm handhold on the Australian gambling pipeline (at least in NSW, Queensland and Victoria), with practically guaranteed revenues over the next 10-12 years, unless management do something completely mad, or Australians suddenly change their gambling habits.”

The company’s dividend yield is in the 6.5% range, fully franked, and shares are trading at a forgiving P/E ratio of just 7.2.

Idea #2: APA Group

APA Group (ASX: APA), a Sydney-based gas infrastructure company and asset manager, offers a dividend yield over 5%, unfranked. The company’s sales and net income have posted strong growth over the last five years. In 2008, revenue came in at $878 million and net income at $67 million. By 2012, revenue had grown to $1.16 billion and net income to nearly $277 million.

While the share price has already risen nearly 30% this year, the company is trading for just 16 times earnings, a reasonable multiple given the company’s consistent revenue streams and modest growth prospects going forward.

BONUS idea: Telstra

Telstra’s fully franked 28 cent dividend is legendary, and chances are that even if you don’t own the shares directly, your superannuation fund does.

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