VVC provides regulated gas and electric services to approximately one million customers in Indiana and Ohio. They also have a non-regulated division that is involved in power sales and management, and VVC is one of the largest coal producers in our area.
Vectren currently yields 5%, and our expectation is that its dividend will continue to grow over the next 3-5 years at just over 3% per annum. Three percent growth may not seem like much, but when added to its current 5% yield gives a projected total dividend return of 8%. That's not bad when compared to the 3.5% current yield on a 10-year T-bond, especially when considering the defensive nature of the utility business and VVC's long history of success.
Finally, the lower chart above shows that 5% is at the high end of VVC's dividend yield range over the last 7 years.
The current management team of VVC, headed by Niel Ellerbrook, carries on a long tradition of being good stewards of their shareholders' and their customers' trust.