Delivering Dividends With Owens & Minor Inc.
I currently own just 3 companies that are directly health care related, although I do own some health care REITs that provide additional exposure to the industry. According to a 2014 report from the Census Bureau, the 65+ population in the United States alone is expected to double from approximately 40 million currently to 80 million by 2050, with the majority of those gains seen over the next 10-15 years.
An unfortunate side effect of aging is that your health care costs rise precipitously. It's estimated that about half of your lifetime medical expenses will be incurred from the age of 65 on. I'm very bullish on the health care sector because it's an essential part of everyone's lives, and the aging population will provide a tailwind for the industry. The demographics for increased health care spending make the industry very intriguing from an investment standpoint, and as such, I want to increase my exposure to the sector.
Owens & Minor, Inc. (NYSE:OMI) is a company within the sector that should do well as the need for health care supplies expands over the coming decades. Owens & Minor is a logistics company that deals with shipping medical supplies across the United States and Europe. Since they don't manufacture the supplies themselves, they are less exposed to potential regulation that could harm their profitability.
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