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This Dividend-Payer Is on Sale

The market is punishing narrow-moat Duke Energy for short-term challenges, creating a buying window for long-term investors.

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Andrew Bischof: We believe Duke Energy (DUK) offers a compelling investment opportunity for the long-term investor. Duke Energy is the largest U.S. utility, with regulated operations across five states delivering electricity and gas to more than seven million customers. Narrow-moat Duke is predominantly a regulated utility but also operates in the unregulated renewable commercial-power and international-energy segments.

Duke is trading at roughly a 14% discount to our $83 per share fair value estimate and has an attractive 4.5% dividend yield. Duke operates in highly constructive regulated jurisdictions, which we believe will help protect allowed returns in an increasing-interest-rate environment. Duke's regulated business historically makes up about 85% of consolidated earnings, and we expect cumulative capital expenditures--of which 70% is growth capital--during the next five years to support our 4.5% earnings growth estimate.

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