5. Amerigas Partners ( APU) is a retail propane distributor in the U.S. serving residential, commercial, industrial, agricultural, and motor fuel customers in all the 50 states through 1,200 propane distribution locations.

During the first quarter ended Dec. 2010, total revenue increased 6.6% to $700.2 million on higher average retail sales prices, partially offset by lower retail sales volumes. However, EBITDA declined 7.9% to $113.3 million, while net income decreased 10.8% year-over-year to $74.9 million or $1.06 per share.

For the same quarter, quarterly distribution was 0.705 cents per share totaling $41.6 million compared to $39.2 million in the year-ago quarter, reflecting a higher quarterly per unit distribution rate.

For 2011, the company expects to report net income of $194 million and EBITDA of $350 million, as compared to losses reported in the previous year.

The company currently has a dividend yield of 5.7%. Of the seven analysts covering the stock, 14% rate a buy and 57% assign a hold. On average, analysts estimate an upside of 1% to $48.33 in value from current levels. The stock has gained 17.2% in the past one year.

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