24th July 2014 I Bought 100 shares of ESV at $52.97 per share plus commission.
Ensco plc (Ensco) is a provider of offshore contract drilling services to the international oil and gas industry. As of December 31, 2011, the Company owned and operated an offshore drilling rig fleet of 77 rigs, including rigs under construction. As of December 31, 2011, its rig fleet included seven drillships, 13 dynamically positioned semisubmersible rigs, seven moored semisubmersible rigs, 49 jackup rigs and one barge rig. Its customers include national and international oil companies. On May 31, 2011, the Company completed a merger transaction (the Merger) with Pride International, Inc., (Pride), ENSCO International Incorporated, an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary and predecessor of Ensco plc (Ensco Delaware), and ENSCO Ventures LLC, an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of Ensco plc (Merger Sub). Pursuant to the Agreement and Plan of Merger, Merger Sub merged with and into Pride, with Pride as the surviving entity and an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of Ensco plc. In February 2014, Ensco PLC sold its two remaining cold-stacked jackup rigs.
ESV has now raised dividends for four consecutive years. Ensco now pays quarterly dividends of $0.75 per share in March, June, September and December.
ESV's earnings per share has moved steadily upward, until in 2009 it began to decline. From 2012 onwards, earnings per share have increased again. In 2009, the Ensco paid a dividend of $ 0.10 a year, and last year's $ 2.25. The dividend growth rate has been quite high, and I do not think it is going to increase as much.
Some ratings for ESV:
Yahoo: Mean Recommendation 3.1, 1y Target Est 53.11
Reuters: Mean Rating 3.06
My last purchase 100 shares of ESV increases €165.99 ($223.50) of expected annual dividend net income, which increases my portfolio projected annual dividend net income to €7354.35. With purchase price $52.97 plus commission my starting yield on cost is 5.64%.
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Full Disclosure: Long ESV