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Summary

  • Two Dozen Challengers Set to Raise Rates.
  • 23 Near-Challengers Ready to Graduate.
  • ADRs (American Depository Receipts) Highlight the Increases.

In compiling the Dividend Champions list (found here) I get to see which companies are nearing the anniversaries of their previous dividend increases. Since most of these firms raise their payout about the same time every year, I can say with some confidence that they are likely to do so again. I have separated the Champions (25 or more years of higher dividends), Contenders (10-24 years), and Challengers (5-9 years) into distinct groupings, so please look for the other articles, which I hope will be published about the same time. Note that "CCC" refers to the combination of Champions, Contenders, and Challengers.

Summer Recess Coming to an End

The pace of dividend increases dramatically slowed from May to July, but the level of dividend-increase activity should pick up again in August, as indicated below. We're also likely see the usual spate of quarterly hikes in late July and early August by more than two dozen Master Limited Partnerships (or MLPs), particularly among the Contenders and Challengers, and the addition of new Challengers appears ready to step up again soon. The table below coincides with the usual "forward look" of about 11 weeks for this article. Based on last year's announcements, I'm expecting the following companies to announce dividend increases between now and the anniversary of the Ex-Dividend Date of their previous increase:

Dividend Challengers (5-9 years):

Company

Ticker

No.

6/30

Div.

MR%

LY

Ann.

Name

Symbol

Yrs

Price

Yield

Inc.

Ex-Div

Div.

StoneMor Partners LP

(NYSE:STON)

9

24.23

9.91

0.84

8/1/13

2.40

Reinsurance Group

(NYSE:RGA)

5

78.90

1.52

25.00

8/7/13

1.20

PetMed Express Inc.

(NASDAQ:PETS)

5

13.48

5.04

13.33

8/8/13

0.68

Altera Corp.

(NASDAQ:ALTR)

7

34.76

1.73

50.00

8/8/13

0.60

Chemed Corp.

(NYSE:CHE)

5

93.72

0.85

11.11

8/8/13

0.80

Textainer Group Hdgs

(NYSE:TGH)

7

38.62

4.87

2.17

8/14/13

1.88

Steris Corp.

(NYSE:STE)

9

53.48

1.57

10.53

8/26/13

0.84

Crane Company

(NYSE:CR)

9

74.36

1.61

7.14

8/28/13

1.20

Delta Natural Gas

(NASDAQ:DGAS)

9

21.96

3.46

5.56

8/28/13

0.76

Orange County Bancorp

(OTCQB:OCBI)

6

39.80

3.92

2.63

8/29/13

1.56

Bob Evans Farms

(NASDAQ:BOBE)

8

50.05

2.48

12.73

8/29/13

1.24

McKesson Corp.

(NYSE:MCK)

6

186.21

0.52

20.00

8/29/13

0.96

Solera Holdings Inc.

(NYSE:SLH)

5

67.15

1.01

36.00

9/3/13

0.68

China Petrol. & Chem.

(NYSE:SNP)

5

95.03

4.16

8.44

9/4/13

3.96

Brinker International

(NYSE:EAT)

9

48.65

1.97

20.00

9/4/13

0.96

China Mobile Limited

(NYSE:CHL)

8

48.61

4.60

2.77

9/4/13

2.24

G&K Services Inc.

(NASDAQ:GK)

8

52.07

2.07

38.46

9/10/13

1.08

Rogers Commun.

(NYSE:RCI)

9

40.25

4.18

9.51

9/11/13

1.68

Admiral Group plc

(OTCPK:AMIGY)

5

26.78

5.10

15.55

9/11/13

1.37

Broadridge Financial

(NYSE:BR)

7

41.64

2.02

16.67

9/12/13

0.84

BCE Inc.

(NYSE:BCE)

5

45.36

5.03

5.41

9/12/13

2.28

Hawkins Inc.

(NASDAQ:HWKN)

9

37.14

1.94

5.88

9/18/13

0.72

Frisch's Restaurants Inc.

(NYSEMKT:FRS)

7

23.60

3.05

12.50

9/24/13

0.72

Philip Morris International

(NYSE:PM)

6

84.31

4.46

10.59

9/24/13

3.76

MR=Most Recent; LY=Last Year

In addition, there's a slew of Near-Challengers that are on schedule to record their fifth year of increases by the end of September:

Company

Ticker

No.

LY

Name

Symbol

Yrs

Ex-Div

Northwest Bancshares

(NASDAQ:NWBI)

4

7/30/13

Calumet Specialty Prod.

(NASDAQ:CLMT)

4

7/31/13

BT Group plc

(NYSE:BT)

4

8/7/13

Ultrapar Holdings Inc.

(NYSE:UGP)

4

8/8/13

Diageo plc

(NYSE:DEO)

4

8/14/13

Littelfuse Inc.

(NASDAQ:LFUS)

4

8/19/13

Marathon Oil Corp.

(NYSE:MRO)

4

8/19/13

Resources Connection

(NASDAQ:RECN)

4

8/20/13

British Amer. Tobacco

(NYSEMKT:BTI)

4

8/21/13

Hershey Company

(NYSE:HSY)

4

8/21/13

Marten Transport Ltd.

(NASDAQ:MRTN)

4

8/23/13

Scotts Miracle-Gro Co.

(NYSE:SMG)

4

8/23/13

Cosan Ltd. A

(NYSE:CZZ)

4

8/27/13

CBOE Holdings Inc.

(NASDAQ:CBOE)

4

8/28/13

Group 1 Automotive Inc.

(NYSE:GPI)

4

8/28/13

Wendy's Company

(NASDAQ:WEN)

4

8/29/13

Northrim BanCorp Inc.

(NASDAQ:NRIM)

4

9/3/13

TELUS Corp.

(NYSE:TU)

4

9/6/13

Escalade Inc.

(NASDAQ:ESCA)

4

9/11/13

Rayonier Inc.

(NYSE:RYN)

4

9/12/13

Canadian Pacific Railway

(NYSE:CP)

4

9/25/13

National American Univ.

(NASDAQ:NAUH)

4

9/26/13

Bank of Nova Scotia

(NYSE:BNS)

4

9/27/13

Not all of the above companies will meet the strict standards of every investor, but some may be appropriate for portfolio diversification. Potential investors should do more research before committing funds.

Every Picture Tells a Story

As a bonus, I'm inserting one of Chuck Carnevale's F.A.S.T. Graphs below, highlighting one of the companies listed above. When the stock's price line has moved into the green area, it indicates that the stock is undervalued in relation to its earnings. I'm attaching the chart below.

Editor's Note: This article covers one or more stocks trading at less than $1 per share and/or with less than a $100 million market cap. Please be aware of the risks associated with these stocks.

Source: Dividend Challengers: 24 Increases Expected By September 30