The S&P / ASX 300 Index (Index: ^AXKO) (ASX: XKO) has gained just 4.1% this calendar year, not exactly what you would call mind blowing. If you are aiming to beat the index, and let’s face it, who isn’t, then buying stocks with a combination of potential growth and paying decent dividends should stand you in good stead.
The following three companies pay fully franked dividends above the index’s year-to-date return, and you have the bonus of potential growth in the years ahead (and growing dividends).
Data#3 Limited (ASX: DTL)
ASX-listed IT companies have been hit by a slowdown in spending on hardware, software and related IT consulting services, but that could be about to change. Data#3’s shares have lost 17% this year, but is still expected to pay a decent dividend of 5 cents in the 2014 financial year, and 6 cents in 2015. That puts the company on a prospective yield of 7.7%, fully franked.
DWS Ltd (ASX: DWS)
DWS, another IT services company, has seen its shares rise 2.9% this year (including 2%) in trading today. Forecasts suggest the company will pay a dividend of 9.9 cents next financial year, giving investors a 7.8% fully franked yield. A positive trading update in May has analysts forecasting 15% growth in earnings next financial year.
UXC Limited (ASX: UXC)
Shares in this IT consulting company have lost 20% this year, despite today’s 7.3% gain. Today the company announced that net debt at the end of June 2014 was just $4.4 million, against guidance of $34 million. The company also says it expects to report a profit before tax of around $25 million this financial year, and is expected to pay a 5.4 cent dividend in the 2015 financial year. That equates to a yield of 6.6%, again fully franked.
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Motley Fool writer/analyst Mike King doesn't own shares in any companies mentioned. You can follow Mike on Twitter @TMFKinga