The company owns substantial real estate, including 482 restaurant locations (land and building), and an additional 78 (building only). There's also a 937 acre farm in Ohio, a 30 acre farm in Texas, and an additional 41 acres in Ohio where the company is building its new corporate headquarters.
Other names that made the cut include WestAmerica Bancorp (WABC - Get Report), retailer Finish Line (FINL - Get Report) and security and protection services name American Science and Engineering (ASEI - Get Report).
I'll monitor this group of companies moving forward in order to determine whether smaller companies that are simultaneously paying dividends and buying back stock can be as lucrative for investors, as larger companies can be.At the time of publication the author had no position in any of the stocks mentioned. Follow @JonMHellerCFA This article was written by an independent contributor, separate from TheStreet's regular news coverage.