As some of you already following me know, I enjoy dividends. I like consistent dividends, special one-time big dividends, and growing dividends. With that said, you may not have heard that KKR & Co. L.P. (NYSE:KKR) just increased its dividend 191.67% over prior quarter.
KKR & Co. has paid a dividend every quarter since 2010. This dividend increase to 70 cents per share for Q1 is almost equal to the payout for the entire year of 2011 of 71 cents. And close to the entire payout for 2012 of 84 cents.
It looks like KKR & Co. is turning the corner to keep rewarding shareholders with good dividend payout. KKR & Co's net income over the last 3 years (see chart below) provides proof that it is starting to see income growth and reflect it in dividend distributions.
KKR & Co.'s Last Three Years Of Net Income
With this information, it may be time to put KKR & Co. on your dividend stocks watch list. The usual dividend pullback after the Q1 dividend is paid might be a great time to get a position in this stock.
Even if you would have bought today at $17.83 per share and they paid Q2-Q4 out the same at 70 cents per share you would still reap a 11.78% dividend yield in 2013. But being conservative, let's say they only pay 45 cents per share for the last three quarters of 2013, you would still get a dividend yield of 7.57%.
My thoughts are we will see a slight pull back after the Q1 dividend is paid, any additional discount you can get on the stock will only help your chances of a higher yield the rest of the year, especially since the future dividend payouts are not guaranteed.
KKR & Co. Dividend Information:
|Year||Declaration Date||Ex-Dividend Date||Record Date||Payable Date||Dividend $ Amount|
|2013||Feb 7, 2013||Feb 14, 2013||Feb 19, 2013||Mar 5, 2013||0.70|