Monday, February 26, 2024

16 Dividend Growth Companies That Increased Dividends Last Week

I review the list of dividend increases every week, as part of my monitoring process. This exercise helps me monitor existing holdings, but also potentially identify companies for further research. Plus, it helps me get the pulse of corporate boards. One of my favorite exercises in compiling this report is to look at the press releases, and noting down management verbiage related to the dividend increases. That pulse check is a good sentiment check. After all, dividends have a great deal of signaling power, which neatly summarizes corporate board expectations about near term business conditions. The output of that being the dividend increase amounts. 

TL;DR - dividend increase announcements include a lot of information that could be helpful to me as an investor.

Over the past week, there were 53 dividend increases in the US. I went ahead and isolated the 16 companies that increased dividends last week AND have a ten year track record of annual dividend increases. The list can be observed below:

Reviewing the dividend growth universe for dividend increases is part of my monitoring process. For my review, I narrow my focus to the companies with a ten year streak of annual dividend increases. I do this in order to look at companies with a sufficiently long streak of dividend growth.

The next step involves reviewing trends in earnings and dividends. I want to see earnings per share which are growing. Rising EPS can fuel future dividend growth. I also want to see dividend increases which are of decent size, and not done merely to maintain the streak of annual dividend increases.

A steep deceleration in the dividend growth rate relative to the ten year average tells me that management is not very optimistic on their business. If this is coupled with a high payout ratio and stagnant earnings per share, I can tell that the dividend streak is nearing its end.

Last but not least, I also want a decent valuation behind an investment. If I overpay dearly for an investment today, this means that the expectations for the first few years after I make the investment are already baked in the price. As a result, I want to void overpaying for an investment. Unfortunately, this is easier said than done.

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