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Comparison BMS (stock of the month) vs SP500 (by Vanguard SP500 Index Fund) in the last 10 years.


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Company Information:

Headquartered in Neenah, Wisconsin, Bemis Company, Inc. (BMS) is a global manufacturer of flexible packaging products (ranging from self-venting cook-in-bag packaging and retort packaging for shelf-stable products, to vacuum packaging for meat products and puncture-resistant, sterile medical packaging) and pressure-sensitive materials. Its divisions are located in 12 countries and its films for packaging products and adhesive materials are distributed worldwide. Its current total market capitalization of $4.3 billion makes BMS a mid capitalization stock (a mid-cap stock has a total market capitalization between $2 billion and $10 billion) and it is considered a solid and well diversified business with durable competitive advantage over rivals. The company also enjoys a solid management and corporate culture. According to Yahoo! Finance, consensus estimates call for the company to earn about $2.54 per share this year, up from $2.51 per share last year, and to go to about $2.84 per share next year. Bemis Company has paid dividends to investors since 1922, and has increased its payments for 29 consecutive years. During the past five years it has increased its dividends at an average rate of 3.8%, with its quarterly payment of $0.30 currently providing a yield of 2.51%.

The value of dividends reinvestment: A hypothetical investment in Bemis Co. has grown cumulatively (including dividends reinvested) 15,059.32% during the past forty years. The same investment has grown only 2,916.58% during the same period of time, excluding dividends. A hypothetical investment in the S&P 500® index (thru the Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX) has grown cumulatively (including dividends reinvested) 6,998.71%. BMS still has room for significant dividend growth in the coming years, since the company's Dividend Payout Ratio (DPR), which is its dividend payments as a percentage of its earnings, is just 48%. Its average DPR during the past five years is 52%. Its Price to Earnings ratio (a measure of valuation) of 19.2 is 25.9% below its industry average, its Price to Book ratio of 3.4 is 26.1% below its industry average, its Price to Sales ratio of 1.1 is 8.3% below its industry average and its Debt to Equity ratio of 1.2 is 52.0% below its industry average. Technically (from the chart’s perspective) BMS also looks attractive, trading 14.7% below its all-time high, while it is forming a long price consolidation pattern between $43 and $54 approximately, in which $43 is acting as a strong technical support level.

The actively managed no-load mutual funds American Century Equity Income Investor and Mairs & Power Growth Investor are major shareholders of BMS, holding 3.4% and 3.2% of its shares respectively. The stock is also one of the 63 holdings of the mutual fund managed my Moneypaper Advisors, the MP 63 Fund (DRIPX). BMS’s main competitors are International Paper Co. (IP), Ball Corp. (BLL) and Amcor Ltd ADR (AMCRY).

Volatility and risks: BMS’s Beta (a measure of the volatility, or systematic risk in comparison to the market as a whole) is 0.97 compared to the S&P 500® Index, so the stock is 3% less volatile than the Market.

Best and worst years during the past 10 years: Its best year was 2009, in which BMS returned, including dividends, +29.0%. On the flip side, its worst year was 2007, when the stock declined 17.0% including dividends. BMS’s dividend re-investment plan charges no fees for cash investing, dividend reinvestment, safekeeping, automatic investment or termination of the plan. With the stock being fundamental and technically attractive, this company is an appropriate holding for investors who have a long-term investment horizon.


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Mario Medina Personal and Professional background:

Born in Cuba and graduated in Architecture from the University of Havana, Mario Medina is editor and writer of the weekly online investment newsletter El Boletín, and senior analyst for Julie Stav, Inc. Through seminars and conferences live and online, DVDs, investment e-books, articles in his blog and financial columns (on, and, videos and Podcasts, Mario teaches people inside and outside the United States. The point that differentiates Mario in his teachings, is the simplicity and softness of the language, teaching beginners, the same way he wanted to be educated when starting in the world of personal finances and investments.

Mario provides investment guidance in financial segments of Hispanic television and radio, and has had his own radio shows on those topics at Univision Radio Network, also participating in Tu Dinero, Julie Stav’s financial shows and Podcast series ( and

Analyzing the status of the market and its indexes, examining leading companies, sectors and industries, and evaluating the performance of Julie Stav’s Platinum List of Companies, his popular online Daily Market Report allows thousands of people from across the country to follow the situation of the financial world and get the essential information they need to make the best decisions about their own investments.

Today, Mario provides independent fundamental and technical analysis for the mutual fund MoneyPaper 63 (DRIPX), which is the only fund that focuses solely in companies that offer small investors Dividend Re-investment Plans. He is also a regular contributor to

Today, those who read the articles written by Mario Medina, or those who daily follow his Market Report, listen to his segments, watch his videos, or attend his seminars, could not imagine that a little over a decade ago its author knew nothing about investments or the stock market. It has been a long, arduous road for the young man newly arrived to the US with empty pockets, a suitcase full of dreams, and whose first savings came from collecting empty soda cans and recycling scrap yard. After discovering the world of finance through books and radio programs, and after years of study and sacrifice, Mario Medina now advises thousands of Hispanics on how and when to buy or sell in the stock market in order to obtain the best returns and minimize their losses.

What was the secret that allowed Mario to develop those early, small investments? "I think the key is to save and invest on a regular basis, with clearly defined long-term, diversified goals," he says. "To do so, each person must determine his o her risk tolerance level ... I do not feel comfortable risking as much as other people, and in turn many risk more than me. It is essential to know how far one can get without trying to beat the stock market every day.”

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