I invest in dividend growth stocks in order to generate a rising stream of dependable dividend income. Dividend income is more stable than capital gains. The amount and timing of dividend payments are more predictable than capital gains.
I review each holding at least once an year. As part of my monitoring process, I also review the latest dividend increases for companies I own and companies I am interested in.
I went through the list of dividend increases, and isolated instances where a company has managed to grow dividends for at least a decade. The companies include:
Kellogg Company (NYSE:K) manufactures and markets ready-to-eat cereal and convenience foods. It operates through U.S. Morning Foods, U.S. Snacks, U.S. Specialty, North America Other, Europe, Latin America, and Asia Pacific segments. The company raised its quarterly dividend by 4% to 52 cents/share. This dividend achiever has raised distributions for 13 years in a row. The ten-year average dividend growth rate is 6.40%/year. The stock is overvalued at 22.70 times expected earnings and yields 2.50%. I would be interested in the company on dips below $73/share. Check my analysis of Kellogg for more information.
As you can see, a slow and steady business such as Kellogg Company has managed to reward its shareholders with more dividend income for decades. This is the type of business that is ignored by everyone else who wants to speculate in the glamour issues of the day. But the steady compounding has generated wealth to generations of stockholders of businesses like Kellogg. This type of investing works for patient long-term investors only, however.
International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. (NYSE:IFF), together with its subsidiaries, creates, manufactures and supplies flavors and fragrances for use in consumer products. It operates through two segments, Flavors and Fragrances. The company raised its quarterly dividend by 14.30% to 64 cents/share. This dividend achiever has raised distributions for 14 years in a row. The ten-year average dividend growth rate is 10.60%/year. The stock is overvalued at 24.30 times expected earnings and yields 1.90%. I have meant to analyze this quality company in more detail, but unfortunately it has almost always been overvalued to merit initiating a position in. I would be interested in the company on dips below $110/share.
Aqua America, Inc. (NYSE:WTR), through its subsidiaries, operates regulated utilities that provide water or wastewater services in the United States. The company raised its quarterly dividend by 7.50% to 19.13 cents/share. This dividend champion has raised distributions for 25 years in a row. The ten-year average dividend growth rate is 7.90%/year. The stock is overvalued at 24.90 times expected earnings and yields 2.30%. The stock would be attractively valued on dips below $27/share.
Southside Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:SBSI) operates as a bank holding company for Southside Bank that provides a range of financial services to individuals, businesses, municipal entities and nonprofit organizations. The company raised its quarterly dividend by 5% to 24 cents/share. This dividend achiever has raised distributions for 23 years in a row. The ten-year average dividend growth rate is 12.80%/year. The stock looks interesting at 18.20 times expected earnings and yields 3%. I need to add it to my list for further research.
Carlisle Companies Incorporated (NYSE:CSL) operates as a diversified manufacturing company in the United States and internationally. It operates through two segments, Flavors and Fragrances. The company raised its quarterly dividend by 16.70% to 35 cents/share. This dividend champion has raised distributions for 40 years in a row. The ten-year average dividend growth rate is 8.60%/year. The stock is attractively valued at 15.70 times expected earnings and yields 1.30%. While the yield is low, and earnings growth hasn't been stellar, I would need to revisit this company in a more detailed analysis.
Buckeye Partners, LP (NYSE:BPL) owns and operates liquid petroleum products pipeline systems in the United States. The company operates through three segments: Domestic Pipelines & Terminals, Global Marine Terminals, and Merchant Services. This MLP boosted its quarterly distribution to $1.2125/unit. This represents a 4.30% increase from the distribution paid this time last year. The ten-year average dividend growth rate is 5.10%/year. This MLP has managed to raise distributions to unitholders for 21 years in a row. It yields 6.70%.
Federal Realty Investment Trust (NYSE:FRT) operates as a real estate investment trust, which engages in the ownership, management, development, and redevelopment of retail and mixed-use properties. This real estate investment trust boosted its quarterly dividend by 4.30% to 98 cents/share. This REIT has managed to raise dividends for 49 years in a row. The ten-year average dividend growth rate is 5.30%/year. It yields 2.40%.
There was one company that announced a dividend cut last week. The company is Williams Companies (NYSE:WMB). It operates as an energy infrastructure company primarily in the United States. The company cut its quarterly dividend by 69% to 20 cents/share. The stock yields 3.10% right now. This ended the 12-year streak of annual dividend increases by Williams. I sold out of most of my Williams at the very beginning of 2016, as part of my process to reduce exposure to pass through entities. I kept a few shares in a retirement account, where the cost of selling would be prohibitive relative to the position size. If we study the history of Williams, we can see a cycle of booms and busts occurring frequently.
The first one was in the late 1990s/early 2000s. The last one is today. I think that this company would do well for long-term shareholders, as it has entrepreneurial management that seeks ways to expand. Unfortunately, most of those expansion plans have tended to blow up on a couple of occasions, so that is on the other end of the spectrum of things to consider.
Disclosure: I am/we are long K, WMB.
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.