Dividend Champions List

dividend champion is a company which has a 25 year record of annual dividend increases. There are only 134 such companies in the US today. I believe that becoming a dividend champion is no accident, and it is a result of a strong business that has generated earnings growth for a long period of time. These are the types of businesses I like to study, and potentially consider at the right time for my dividend portfolio. I believe that the dividend champions list offers a more complete picture than the dividend aristocrats.

I last updated the list of dividend champions through December 31, 2018. I decided to update the list of dividend champions after the untimely passing of David Fish in May 2018

Today, I am going to share with you the Dividend Champions list for 2020. You can download the 2020 Dividend Champions List from this link.


As a starting point, there were 129 companies on the dividend champions list at the end of 2019.

There were three companies that ended up leaving the Dividend Champions list in 2019. These companies were all acquired. The list includes:

- Vectren (59)
- Connecticut Water Service (48)
- Bemis (35)

The number in brackets is the number of year of consecutive annual dividend increases for each of these three companies.


There were eight companies added to the list in 2019. These companies achieved dividend champion status by raising dividends to shareholders for 25 years in a row. The companies include:

Albermarle (ALB)

Caterpillar (CAT) 
Enterprise Bancorp (EBTC) 
Essex Property Trust (ESS)
Matthews International (MATW) 
Northeast Indiana Bancorp (NIDB)
Realty Income (O)
Ross Stores (ROST)

All of this brings the list of dividend champions to 134 companies by the end of 2019.

The following companies should be able to become dividend champions by the end of 2020:

International Business Machines (IBM)
Lincoln Electric Holdings (LECO)
NextEra Energy (NEE)
Polaris Industries (PII)
RenaissanceRe Holdings (RNR)
Southside Bancshares (SBSI)


There are a few companies such as Helmerich & Payne (HP), whose annual dividends are increasing in 2019, despite not having a dividend hike since 2018. If the dividend is kept unchanged, chances are the company will lose its dividend champion status.

Thank you for reading!

Relevant Articles:

Dividend Champions, Contenders & Challengers: The most complete list of US dividend growth stocks available
October 2018 Dividend Champions List
December 2018 Dividend Champions List
RIP David Fish

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