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  • Company management only approves increasing dividends if they expect earnings to improve over the next several years.
  • That is why dividend increases are typically a bullish sign for investors who hold dividend growth investments.
  • In the past week, twelve dividend growth companies extended their streak of consecutive dividend increases.

As part of my dividend monitoring process, I review the list of dividend increases every single week. This helps me check if any of my dividend payers have hiked distributions, and also see other potential dividend growers for further research. This definitely helps me in my quest to find companies that have predictable earnings, which translate into a predictable rising stream of dividend payments over time. By taking a long-term approach to investing, I am only focusing my attention on those companies that have above average chances of delivering dividend growth for the next 15 - 20 years.

I tried to narrow list by excluding companies that yielded less than 2%, and which have managed to grow dividends by less than 3%/year.

Chevron Corporation (NYSE:CVX), through its subsidiaries, is engaged in petroleum, chemicals, mining, power generation, and energy operations worldwide. The company raised its quarterly distributions by 7% to $1.07 /share. This dividend champion has raised distributions for 27 years in a row, and has a ten year distribution growth rate of 10.60%/year. Currently, Chevron sells for 11.20 times earnings and yields 3.40%. While I find the company attractively valued right now, I am overweight there, which is why any additions by me would be unlikely. Check my analysis of Chevron.

Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM) explores and produces crude oil and natural gas. The company raised its quarterly distributions by 9.50% to 63 cents/share. This dividend champion has raised distributions for 32 years in a row, and has a ten year distribution growth rate of 9.60%/year. Currently, Exxon Mobil sells for 13.80 times earnings and yields 2.70%. While I find Exxon-Mobil to be attractively valued today, I believe that other oil majors like Chevron are better values right now. Check my analysis of Exxon Mobil.

Ameriprise Financial, Inc. (NYSE:AMP), through its subsidiaries, provides a range of financial products and services in the United States and internationally. The company raised its quarterly distributions by 11.50% to 58 cents /share. This dividend achiever has raised distributions for 10 years in a row, and has a five year distribution growth rate of 24.90%/year. Currently, Ameriprise Financial sells for 17.40 times earnings and yields 2.10%. I would consider adding to the stock on dips below $93. Check my analysis of Ameriprise Financial.

International Business Machines Corporation (NYSE:IBM) provides information technology ((NYSE:IT)) products and services worldwide. The company raised its quarterly distributions by 15.80% to $1.10 /share. This dividend achiever has raised distributions for 19 years in a row, and has a ten year distribution growth rate of 19.40%/year. Currently, IBM sells for 13.10 times earnings and yields 2.20%. I would consider adding to the stock on dips below $176. Check my analysis of IBM.

Alliance Holdings GP, L.P. (NASDAQ:AHGP), through its subsidiaries, produces and markets coal primarily to utilities and industrial users in the United States. This MLP raised distributions to 84.75 cents/unit, which is an 11.20% raise over the same rate from this time last year. This general partner has raised distributions for 9 years in a row, and has a five year distribution growth rate of 18.60%/year. Currently, Alliance Holdings GP yields 5.20%. I would add it to my list for further research.

Alliance Resource Partners, L.P. (NASDAQ:ARLP) is engaged in the production and marketing of coal primarily to utilities and industrial users in the United States. This master limited partnership raised quarterly distributions to $1.2225/unit, which is an 8.20% raise over the same rate from this time last year. This dividend achiever has raised distributions for 12 years in a row, and has a ten year distribution growth rate of 15.80%/year. Currently, Alliance Resource Partners yields 5.30%. I would add it to my list for further research.

DCP Midstream Partners, LP (NYSE:DPM), together with its subsidiaries, owns, operates, acquires, and develops a diversified portfolio of midstream energy assets in the United States. This MLP raised distributions to 75.50 cents/unit, which is a 7.80% raise over the same rate from this time last year. This master limited partnership has raised distributions for 8 years in a row, and has a five year distribution growth rate of 3.60%/year. Currently, DCP Midstream Partners yields 5.60%. I would add it to my list for further research.

Energy Transfer Equity, L.P. (NYSE:ETE), through its subsidiaries, provides diversified energy-related services in the United States. This MLP raised distributions to 35.875 cents/unit, which is an 11.20% raise over the same rate from this time last year. This general partner has raised distributions for 9 years in a row, and has a five year distribution growth rate of 6%/year. Currently, Energy Transfer Equity yields just 3.10%, which is rather low for a master limited partnership. I would add it to my list for further research.

AmeriGas Partners, L.P. (NYSE:APU) operates as a retail and wholesale distributor of propane gas, and related equipment and supplies in the United States. This MLP raised distributions by 4.80% to 88 cents/unit. This master limited partnership has raised distributions for 10 years in a row, and has a ten year distribution growth rate of 4.20%/year. Currently, AmeriGas Partners yields 7.60%. I would add it to my list for further research.

American Water Works Company, Inc. (NYSE:AWK), through its subsidiaries, provides water and wastewater services in the United States and Canada. The company raised its quarterly distributions by 10.70% to 31 cents /share. This dividend payers has raised distributions for 7 years in a row, and has a five year distribution growth rate of 22.20%/year. Currently, American Water Works sells for 19.20 times forward earnings and yields 2.70%. I would consider adding the company to my list for further research.

UGI Corporation (NYSE:UGI), through its subsidiaries, distributes, stores, transports, and markets energy products and related services in the United States and internationally. The company raised its quarterly distributions by 4.40% to 29.50 cents /share. This dividend champion has raised distributions for 27 years in a row, and has a ten year distribution growth rate of 6.70%/year. Currently, UGI Corporation sells for 18.50 times forward earnings and yields 2.50%. I would consider adding the company to my list for further research.

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. (NASDAQ:CBRL) develops and operates the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store concept in the United States. The company raised its quarterly distributions by 33.30% to $1/share. This dividend achiever has raised distributions for 12 years in a row, and has a ten year distribution growth rate of 36.70%/year. Currently, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store sells for 17 times forward earnings and yields 4.20%. I would consider adding the company to my list for further research.

I ended up excluding companies like Costco (NASDAQ:COST), which raised dividends from 31 to 35.50, which marked 11th consecutive annual dividend increase, because they yielded 1.20%.

Again, this list is not a recommendation to buy or sell, but a group of companies for further research. Running a screen on a list of securities is just the first step in your quest of identifying promising dividend companies. The next step is researching each promising idea and deciding if it has a sustainable business model that can withstand various competitive pressures over the next 20 years. After that, one only has to wait for the right price, and select those investments that provide the most bang for their investment buck at the time. The last part is the most difficult one after buying, and it is to pretty much sit on your investments and do nothing.

Disclosure: I am long CVX, XOM, IBM, AMP. I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it. I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article.

Source: 12 Dividend Machines Raising Distributions For Investors