When I am looking for income investments for my Stocks and Shares ISA, I tend to concentrate on blue-chip stocks. However, that does not mean that there are no attractive dividend shares outside of the FTSE 100. Indeed, I think plenty of UK shares look cheap compared to their income credentials right now.
Here are three equities I would buy for income today.
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A great example is the financial services company IG Group. At the time of writing, the stock supports a dividend yield of 5.1%. The corporation has a cash-rich balance sheet with no debt and is looking to increase its profits in the years ahead by expanding into different markets.
That said, the financial services industry is a highly regulated market. If there is a sudden change in the regulatory environment, the company’s profit margins could come under pressure, forcing it to cut the dividend.
Specialist financing provider
That is why I would also buy the specialist financing provider S&U (LSE: SUS) for my portfolio of UK shares. The company provides financial services, including car loans and property bridging finance, for customers around the country.
At the time of writing, the stock supports a dividend yield of 5.1%.
Once again, the business has a robust balance sheet and is pursuing several growth initiatives that could lead to increased earnings in the years ahead.
Rising interest rates will also enable the corporation to charge more to borrowers. That could increase the income from its existing portfolio of loans. Despite these tailwinds, shares in the financial services company are trading at a forward price-to-earnings multiple of just 8.3. I think that looks cheap compared to its potential. One challenge the group could face as we advance is increased loan defaults.
The rising cost of living could cause some borrowers to fall behind on their payments.
This would have an impact on the company’s balance sheet, and it may have to reduce shareholder returns as a result.
UK shares for growth
Inchcape (LSE: INCH) sells new and used vehicle parts and financial services for the automotive industry in 36 markets around the world.
This is a somewhat niche business, but that is no bad thing.
Sales and profits have increased gradually over the past couple of years as the company has expanded its footprint in the automotive industry around the world.
It suffered a small setback during the pandemic, but management expects growth to return over the next two years.
At the time of writing, the stock supports a dividend yield of 3.3%, and the distribution is covered 2.5 times by earnings per share. The company also has a cash-rich balance sheet.
Still, despite its strengths, I should acknowledge that the automotive industry is highly competitive. Just because Inchcape is growing today does not mean that it will be able to maintain its market share in this volatile market.
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