As a dividend investor, my goal is build a portfolio that regularly grows dividend income. This ensures that my dividend income maintains its purchasing power, without me having to add new funds. It is little surprise that I regularly monitor the lists of dividend growth stocks for dividend increases every single week. This is a fun and easy way to observe how my investments are doing. Checking up on dividend increases also helps me in uncovering hidden dividend gems that I may have to add to my list for further research.
Over the past week, there were several notable dividend champions that rewarded their shareholders with a dividend increase. I have a stake in the first two, while the latter two are companies I have on my list for monitoring purposes. The companies include:
McCormick & Company (MKC) manufactures, markets, and distributes spices, seasoning mixes, condiments, and other flavorful products to the food industry worldwide. It operates through two segments, Consumer and Industrial. The company raised its quarterly dividend by 7.50% to 43 cents/share. This marked the 30th consecutive annual dividend increase for this dividend champion. The ten year dividend growth rate is 10.20%/year. The company is overvalued at 24.60 times expected earnings and yields 2%. I would be interested in adding to the stock on dips below 20 times earnings. Check my analysis of McCormick.
Becton, Dickinson and Company (BDX), is a medical technology company which develops, manufactures, and sells medical supplies, devices, laboratory equipment, and diagnostic products worldwide. The company raised its quarterly dividend by 10% to 66 cents/share. This marked the 44th consecutive annual dividend increase for this dividend champion. The ten year dividend growth rate is 14.10%/year. The company is attractively valued at 18 times expected earnings and yields 1.70%. I would be interested in adding to my position if it yields more than 2%. Check my analysis of Becton Dickinson.
Hormel Foods Corporation (HRL) produces and markets various meat and food products worldwide. The company operates in five segments: Grocery Products, Refrigerated Foods, Jennie-O Turkey Store, Specialty Foods, and International & Other. The company raised its quarterly dividend by 16% to 29 cents/share. This marked the 50th consecutive annual dividend increase for this dividend king. The ten year dividend growth rate is 13.50%/year. The company is overvalued at 25.60 times expected earnings and yields 1.60%. I will add it to my list for further research.
The Valspar Corporation (VAL) develops, manufactures, and distributes a range of coatings, paints, and related products worldwide. It operates in two segments, Coatings and Paints. The company raised its quarterly dividend by 10% to 33 cents/share. This marked the 38th consecutive annual dividend increase for this dividend champion. The ten year dividend growth rate is 11.60%/year. The company is attractively valued at 16.90 times expected earnings and yields 1.60%. I will add it to my list for further research.
Full Disclosure: Long MKC and BDX
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