The Nicholas Equity Income Fund, Inc. seeks to provide investors with a reasonable stream of income. Its secondary purpose is to provide moderate long-term growth of capital. The Fund pursues its objective by investing in a diversified portfolio of income-producing equity securities and fixed income investments.
Investment Policies & Considerations
Historically, dividends paid by companies to their shareholders have accounted for almost half of the total returns earned by common stocks. This has made dividend-paying stocks an attractive way to provide investors with superior total return.
Our policy is to invest primarily in income-producing securities, such as common stocks, preferred stocks, and convertible securities. We will generally select securities with dividend yields that are expected to be higher than the current dividend yield of the S&P 500.
- Combined growth rate and dividend yield of 10% or better
- A history of consistent earnings
- Return on equity (ROE) of 15%, or an improving ROE
- Debt to total capitalization of less than 50%
- A price to earnings ratio lower than two times the growth rate
- An enduring franchise or brand
- Honest, capable management
- Significant management ownership of stock
- Long-term and short-term business momentum
This portfolio may include investment grade and non-investment grade, as well as rated and non-rated securities. Our manager and analysts perform in-depth credit analysis to determine which investments are appropriate for the Fund. Our analysis considers the issuer’s financial resources, sensitivity to economic trends and conditions, operating history, management, and other factors. In general:
- We do not attempt to predict interest rate movements.
- We hold bonds with short to intermediate maturities in order to help portfolio stability while pursuing competitive returns.
Mutual fund investing involves risk: loss of principal is possible.
The Fund invests in small and medium sized companies, which involve additional risks. Small- and medium-capitalization companies tend to have limited liquidity and greater price volatility than large-capitalization companies. Investments in debt securities typically decrease in value when interest rates rise. This risk is usually greater for longer-term debt securities such as limited liquidity and greater volatility. Investment by the Fund in lower-rated and non-rated securities presents a greater risk of loss to principal and interest than higher-rated securities. The fund may invest in REIT's and Real Estate Securities which involve additional risks related to the real estate industry. The performance of these securities is dependent on the types and locations of the properties owned by the entities issuing the securities and how well the properties are managed.