On the face of it, Avivas (LSE: AV) (NYSE: AV.US) yield of 3.8% is somewhat disappointing. Certainly, its better than many of its index peers, but is not quite high enough to be viewed as a top notch income play right now. However, that looks set to change, since Aviva has the scope to hugely increase dividend payments over the medium term since its payout ratio stands at just 44%. This shows that it could afford to pay out a much higher proportion of profit as a dividend, which bodes well for future dividend growth.
Furthermore, Aviva is forecast to increase earnings by 16% next year, which provides yet more scope for higher dividends in 2016 and beyond. As such, now could be a great time to buy a slice of it for your ISA.
While Avivas present dividend may not be sky-high, Admirals (LSE: ADM) certainly is. In fact, it is forecast to yield a whopping 5.8% in the current year, followed by 6.2% next year as it is expected to significantly increase dividend payments. This means that, even if its share price does not move higher, you could generate a return of 12% in two years from dividends alone.
Of course, Admiral trades on a relatively high valuation. For example, it has a price to earnings (P/E) ratio of 16.8, which is higher than the FTSE 100s P/E ratio of around 16. As such, capital gains may appear to be somewhat limited. However, with such a high dividend yield, investor demand could improve dramatically and send Admirals shares northwards. Therefore, an excellent total return looks set to be on offer.
As with most insurance stocks, Catlins (LSE: CGL) bottom line is somewhat volatile. For example, over the next two years it is forecast to fall by 28% following a number of strong years for the business. This instability is, however, priced in to the companys current valuation, with Catlins shares presently trading on a P/E ratio of just 12.4. As such, there appears to be significant potential for an upward rerating adjustment over the medium term.
And, in the meantime, Catlin pays a very appealing dividend yield of 4.4%, which makes the companys shares even more attractive, while a beta of just 0.6 should mean that they offer a less volatile experience than the wider index in future. As a result, they appear to be well-worth adding to your ISA in just a weeks time.
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