7 Stocks Growing Shareholder Expectations And Cash Dividends

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Includes: AMT, ARE, BIG, CL, DG, ELS, MTN
by: Dividends4Life
Summary

Investing in Dividend Growth Stocks does not focus solely on yield, but a combination of yield and dividend growth.

Often it is the lower yield, higher growth, security that will provide the best return over time.

Below are several stocks living up to shareholders' dividend growth expectations by raising their cash dividends.

Dividend growth investing in its classic form focuses on identifying solid companies with a long record of growing their dividends each year; and an expectation that they will continue to do so into the future. The focus is not solely on yield but a combination of yield and dividend growth. Often it is the lower yield, higher growth, security that will provide the best return over time.

Here are several stocks living up to shareholders' dividend growth expectations by raising their cash dividends:

Colgate-Palmolive Company (NYSE:CL) manufactures and sells consumer products worldwide. March 9th the company increased its quarterly dividend 2.6% to $0.39 per share. The dividend is payable May 16, 2016 to stockholders of record on April 22, 2016, with an ex-dividend date of April 20, 2016. The yield based on the new payout is 2.3%.

Dollar General Corporation (NYSE:DG), a discount retailer, provides various merchandise products in the Southern, Southwestern, Midwestern and Eastern United States. March 9th the company increased its quarterly dividend 14% to $0.25 per share. The dividend is payable April 12, 2016 to stockholders of record on March 29, 2016, with an ex-dividend date of March 25, 2016. The yield based on the new payout is 1.3%.

Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE:MTN) operates mountain resorts and urban ski areas in the United States. March 9th the company increased its quarterly dividend 30% to $0.81 per share. The dividend is payable April 13, 2016 to stockholders of record on March 29, 2016, with an ex-dividend date of March 25, 2016. The yield based on the new payout is 2.4%.

American Tower Corporation (NYSE:AMT) is a real estate investment trust engaged in leasing of space on multi-tenant communications sites to wireless service providers, radio and television broadcasters. March 9th the company increased its quarterly dividend 4.1% to $0.51 per share. The dividend is payable April 28, 2016 to stockholders of record on April 12, 2016, with an ex-dividend date of April 8, 2016. The yield based on the new payout is 2.2%.

Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. (NYSE:ARE), a real estate investment trust (REIT), engages in the ownership, operation, management, development, acquisition, and redevelopment of properties for the life sciences industry. March 8th the company increased its quarterly dividend 3.9% to $0.80 per share. The dividend is payable April 15, 2016 to stockholders of record on March 31, 2016, with an ex-dividend date of March 29, 2016. The yield based on the new payout is 3.8%.

Equity LifeStyle Properties, Inc. (NYSE:ELS) is a publicly owned real estate investment trust that engages in the ownership and operation of lifestyle oriented properties. March 8th the company increased its quarterly dividend 13% to $0.425 per share. The dividend is payable April 8, 2016 to stockholders of record on March 25, 2016, with an ex-dividend date of March 23, 2016. The yield based on the new payout is 2.4%.

Big Lots, Inc. (NYSE:BIG) operates as a non-traditional, discount retailer in the United States. March 4th the company increased its quarterly dividend 10% to $0.21 per share. The dividend is payable April 1, 2016 to stockholders of record on March 18, 2016, with an ex-dividend date of March 16, 2016. The yield based on the new payout is 2.0%.

Selecting stocks with increasing dividends is critical for an income growth strategy. The above list contains stocks that recently raised their dividends; it is not a list of recommend buys. As always, due diligence should be performed before buying or selling any stock. For a list of stocks with a long string of consecutive cash dividend increases, see this list.

Full Disclosure: Long CL in my Dividend Growth Portfolio. See a list of all my dividend growth holdings here.

Disclosure: I am/we are long CL. I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it (other than from Seeking Alpha). I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article.