4 Businesses With 5%+ Yields And 25+ Years Of Consecutive Dividend Increases

Jul. 09, 2014 6:00 AM ETPEAK, MCY, UHT, T12 Comments
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  • Find out how these 4 businesses compare based on yield, volatility, payout ratio, and per share revenue growth.
  • Favorable demographics are fueling health care REIT growth.
  • AT&T has the highest revenue per share growth rate of the 4 businesses.
  • Mercury General's 5%+ yield is extremely high for an insurance company.
  • UHT & HCP are 2 REITS with 5%+ yields that have increased dividends for 25+ consecutive years.

The rising stock market has created fewer opportunities to find high yielding dividend stocks that are likely to continue increasing dividend payments. There are only 4 businesses that have dividend yields greater than 5% combined with 25+ years of consecutive dividend increases.

  • AT&T (T) - 5.11% Yield, 30 consecutive years of dividend increases
  • Universal Health Trust (UHT) - 5.86% Yield, 27 consecutive years of dividend increases
  • HCP, Inc. (HCP) - 5.32% Yield, 29 consecutive years of dividend increases
  • Mercury General (MCY) - 5.26% Yield, 28 consecutive years of dividend increases

These businesses have managed to grow their dividend payments without interruption for at least 2.5 decades. A long track record of success shows evidence of a competitive advantage. Demanding a successful history from your high yielding stocks helps insulate your investments from falling dividends, which defeat the purpose of high yield investing.

This article will give an overview of each business including its current events and growth prospects. Each business will be compared using the 5 Buy Rules from the 8 Rules of Dividend Investing to determine how these 4 high yielding stocks compare to other businesses with a long history of dividend payments.

AT&T Overview

AT&T provides telecommunications services to consumers and businesses primarily in the US. The company's revenues are split between its Wireline Voice, Wireline Data & IT Solutions, and Wireless divisions. The company's wireless division accounts for over half of the company's revenue.

Source: AT&T 1st Quarter Investor Briefing

AT&T recently acquired DirectTV in a stock and cash transaction. The acquisition strengthens AT&T's position as a content distribution leader across mobile, video, and broadband platforms. DirecTV will further give AT&T a foothold in the growing Latin American market as DirecTV is Latin America's leading pay TV provider.

Source: AT&T Newsroom

Universal Health Trust Overview

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