It has been a few months since I made any new purchases, since I feel the market is a bit overvalued at the moment. Still, I used today as an opportunity to add more shares of Exelon Corporation (EXC). EXC is now sitting at its 52 week low. I added 56 shares at $35.89/share. I now own 124.817 shares. At a current payout of 0.525 per quarter, this will add $262.12/year in passive income.
Exelon is currently the only utility in my portfolio. In the future, I would like to diversify and add more companies in this sector. EXC currently plays a rather unique role in the portfolio. In general, I’m a believer of investing in large cap, blue chip companies that not only have potential to appreciate in share price, but also have a history of growing their dividend. EXC has not increased its dividend the past few years, and the share price has been decreasing.
So, what is the motivation for investing in such a company? The most obvious answer would be the high yielding dividend. At present, EXC is yielding close to 6%. This is an incredibly high yield, even for a utility company. Secondly, I am betting on this entry point as being one that represents a value play. EXC is beat up at the moment, and the share price may stay depressed for the next few years. However, we could be close to the bottom as well. Should the merger with Constellation prove successful (historically, most utility mergers are), and natural gas/energy generation prices rebound from historic lows, the long term outlook is promising.
A benefit of having a well diversified portfolio is gaining the luxury to alter and fine-tune the gameplan a bit. More specifically, not every holding needs to meet the criteria of “having increased the dividend for x amount of years, at a rate of x%”. In some cases, I’ll take a “calculated” risk and invest in some underdog companies. As long as the fundamentals remain sound, the dividend doesn’t get cut, and there continues to be strong demand for the end product, I’ll remain patient. I’m in this for the long haul, so time is on my side. I’ll gladly collect the 6% dividend as I wait for things to turnaround.
***Update***: Added an additional 25 shares of EXC at $34.58/share on September 12, 2012. Limit order was set for $2000, but was only partially filled.