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For CMS Energy (CMS: NYSE), a leading energy provider in Michigan’s lower peninsula, it all comes down to delivering across the Triple Bottom Line: people, planet, and profit. Through the company’s largest subsidiary, Consumers Energy, CMS is targeting ESG (environmental, social, and corporate governance) and sustainability as a driver of growth for investors and the means by which it will sustain its mission to deliver safe, reliable, affordable, and clean energy to its customers.

  • 6.8 million residents in Michigan’s lower peninsula served by subsidiary Consumers Energy
  • Adjusted earnings per share (EPS) growth of 6% to 8%; premium total shareholder return of 9% to 11%
  • 2020 revenues of $6.7 billion; assets totaling $29.7 billion; ~8,500 employees
  • Residential electric and natural gas customer growth of about 1% annually


Enterprise Products Partners L.P. (NYSE: EPD) is a fully integrated midstream energy company providing fiscal and supply stability for both customers and investors. The company’s assets include ~50,000 miles of pipeline supplying natural gas, natural gas liquids (NGLs), crude oil, refined products, and petrochemicals; storage capacity for 260 million barrels of NGLs, petrochemicals, refined products, crude oil and 14 billion cubic feet of natural gas; 21 natural gas processing facilities, 25 fractionators, and 11 condensate distillation facilities; and 19 deep-water docks handling NGLs, PGP, crude oil and refined products. For more information, visit

  • Enterprise value of $84 billion
  • Market capitalization of $53 billion
  • 22 consecutive years of distribution increases
  • The world’s leading exporter of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) for household use


Despite the challenges imposed on the retail and real estate markets by the COVID-19 pandemic, National Retail Properties (NYSE: NNN) not only maintained its solid footing, but also continued its outstanding run of delivering annual dividend increases to its investors. The company’s balance sheet remains solid, as does its focus on maintaining a portfolio of well-located properties and strong tenants.

  • 3,143 properties in 48 states
  • Retail properties leased to 400 tenants in 37 lines of trade
  • Increased annual dividends for 31 consecutive years
  • Total enterprise value over $10.6 billion
  • Average annual total return of 12% over 25 years




E-commerce got a boost in the pandemic economy; 1–800–FLOWERS.COM, Inc. (FLWS:NASDAQ) was poised to capitalize. The company’s flagship line-up of gifting products, such as Harry & David®, The Popcorn Factory®, Cheryl’s Cookies®,®,®, and Shari’s Berries®, generated record revenues in 2021, bolstered by innovation in digital outreach and messaging. The company is positioning itself to remain a market leader in 2022 by continuing to build its customer base and by bundling gift offerings across its brands.

  • 42.5% revenue growth in fiscal year 2021
  • Total 2021 revenues surpassing $2 billion
  • 6.5 million new customers added


Corporate Office Properties Trust (COPT) (NYSE: OFC) is an equity REIT whose portfolio of office and data center properties, totaling 21 million square feet, was 95% leased as of March 31, 2021. Classified by Nareit as an “office REIT,” COPT’s focus on providing real estate solutions to the U.S. government and its contractors, most of whom are engaged in national security, defense, and information technology-related activities (COPT’s Defense/IT Locations), is unique in the REIT industry.

  • In 2020 the company completed 1 million square feet of development leasing and had record tenant retention of 81%. Because demand for COPT locations is not correlated to the economy or general office fundamentals, COPT is on track to complete at least another 1 million square feet of development leasing in 2021.
  • COPT owns and controls over 800 acres of land at its Defense/IT Locations, which limits competing supply and can accommodate over 10 million square feet of future mission growth.
  • As of March 31, 2021, 1.5 million square feet of specialized office and data centers were under construction; 85% of that space is pre-leased and should support impressive growth in the coming quarters.
  • An investment grade-rated balance sheet supports future growth through development and ensures dividend safety.
  • The company was minimally affected by pandemic-related restrictions, shutdowns, or tenant credit issues, exceeded its elevated guidance in 2020, and already increased its original guidance expectations for 2021.
  • COPT recently announced its 93rd consecutive dividend, a remarkable return on investment.


Essential Utilities Inc. (NYSE: WTRG) formerly Aqua America, Inc. [WTR]) is one of the largest publicly traded water, wastewater, and natural gas providers in the U.S., serving approximately five million people across 10 states under the Aqua and Peoples brands. The company recognizes the importance water and natural gas play in everyday life and is proud to deliver safe, reliable services that contribute to a better quality of life in the communities it serves.

  • Delivered consecutive quarterly cash dividends for 75 years and increased the dividend 30 times in the last 29 years
  • Expects to invest approximately $3 billion through 2023 to replace and expand water and wastewater utility infrastructure and to replace and upgrade natural gas utility infrastructure, leading to significant reductions in methane emissions
  • Published a 2019 Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) report highlighting the company’s commitment to environmental stewardship, sustainable business practices, employee safety, diversity and inclusion, customer experience and community engagement



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