Dividend Increases: September 18-24, 2021

Sep. 28, 2021 9:30 AM ETACN, ARTNA, ARTNB, FLIC, HBNC, INGR, JPM, JPM.PC, JPM.PL, LMT, MCD, SPY15 Comments
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Summary

  • In this article series, we provide a weekly summary of dividend changes.
  • A summary table provides relevant data and key statistics of dividend increases.
  • We provide a snapshot analysis of one of the stocks worth considering, whether to buy or to add to your watchlist.
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We monitor dividend announcements for stocks in Dividend Radar, a spreadsheet we update and publish for free every Friday. The spreadsheet provides key data of stocks with dividend streaks of five years or more. The Dividend Radar spreadsheet separates stocks into categories three categories: Champions (with increase streaks of 25+ years), Contenders (10-24 years), and Challengers (5-9 years).

Source: Created by the author

This past week, eight companies in Dividend Radar announced dividend increases, including four of the stocks I hold in my portfolio. Note there were no dividend cuts or suspensions announced for Dividend Radar stocks during this period.

The table below presents a summary of the dividend increases. The table is sorted into sections for Champions, Contenders, and Challengers, and then by the percentage increase, (%Incr). Dividends are annualized and in US$, unless otherwise indicated. Yield is the new dividend yield for a recent price and Yrs are years of consecutive dividend increases.

Summary of Dividend Increases: September 18-24, 2021
Previous Post: Dividend Increases: September 11-17, 2021

Source: Created by the authors from data in Dividend Radar.

The following dividend increase data are sorted alphabetically by ticker.

Company descriptions are the author's summary of company descriptions sourced from Finviz.

Accenture plc (ACN)

Founded in 1989 and is based in Dublin, Ireland, ACN provides management and technology consulting services to clients in various industries and geographic regions, including North America, Europe, and Growth Markets. ACN’s operating segments are Communications, Media & Technology; Financial Services; Health and Public Service; Products; and Resources.

  • On Sep 23, ACN declared a quarterly dividend of 97¢ per share.
  • This is an increase of 10.23% from the prior dividend of 88¢.
  • Payable Nov 15, to shareholders of record on Oct 14; ex-div: Oct 13.

Artesian Resources Corporation (ARTNA)

ARTNA provides water, wastewater, and other services on the Delmarva Peninsula. The company distributes and sells water to residential, commercial, industrial, governmental, municipal, and utility customers, as well as for public and private fire protection. It also offers wastewater services. ARTNA was founded in 1905 and is headquartered in Newark, Delaware.

  • On Sep 22, ARTNA declared a quarterly dividend of 26.75¢ per share.
  • This is an increase of 2.49% from the prior dividend of 26.1¢.
  • Payable Nov 19, to shareholders of record on Nov 8; ex-div: Nov 5.

The First of Long Island Corporation (FLIC)

FLIC operates as the holding company for The First National Bank of Long Island that provides financial services to small and medium-sized businesses, professionals, consumers, public bodies, and other organizations in New York. FLIC was founded in 1927 and is headquartered in Glen Head, New York.

  • On Sep 23, FLIC declared a quarterly dividend of 20¢ per share.
  • This is an increase of 5.26% from the prior dividend of 19¢.
  • Payable Oct 18, to shareholders of record on Oct 8; ex-div: Oct 7.

Horizon Bancorp, Inc. (HBNC)

HBNC operates as the bank holding company for Horizon Bank that provides commercial and retail banking services in Northern and Central Indiana, as well as in Southern, Central, and the Great Lakes bay regions of Michigan. HBNC was founded in 1873 and is headquartered in Michigan City, Indiana.

  • On Sep 22, HBNC declared a quarterly dividend of 15¢ per share.
  • This is an increase of 15.38% from the prior dividend of 13¢.
  • Payable Oct 22, to shareholders of record on Oct 8; ex-div: Oct 7.

Ingredion Incorporated (INGR)

INGR manufactures and sells sweeteners, starches, nutrition ingredients, and biomaterials from the wet milling and processing of corn and other starch-based materials. The company provides its products to a range of industries, both domestically and internationally. INGR was founded in 1906 and is headquartered in Westchester, Illinois.

  • On Sep 22, INGR declared a quarterly dividend of 65¢ per share.
  • This is an increase of 1.56% from the prior dividend of 64¢.
  • Payable Oct 25, to shareholders of record on Oct 4; ex-div: Oct 1.

JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM)

JPM is a financial holding company providing investment banking, financial services, commercial banking, financial transaction processing, and asset management. With assets of about $2.6 trillion, the company serves many prominent corporate, institutional, and government clients around the world. JPM was founded in 1799 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

  • On Sep 21, JPM declared a quarterly dividend of $1.00 per share.
  • This is an increase of 11.11% from the prior dividend of 90¢.
  • Payable Oct 31, to shareholders of record on Oct 6; ex-div: Oct 5.

Lockheed Martin Corporation (LMT)

Founded in 1909 and headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, LMT is a global security and aerospace company engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems. LMT operates through four segments, Aeronautics, Missiles and Fire Control, Rotary and Mission Systems, and Space Systems.

  • On Sep 23, LMT declared a quarterly dividend of $2.80 per share.
  • This is an increase of 7.69% from the prior dividend of $2.60.
  • Payable Dec 27, to shareholders of record on Dec 1; ex-div: Nov 30.

McDonald's Corporation (MCD)

MCD operates and franchises restaurants that serve locally relevant menus of food and drink in more than 100 countries worldwide. The company operates primarily as a franchiser, owning the land and building for both franchised and company-operated restaurant sites. MCD was founded in 1940 and is based in Oak Brook, Illinois.

  • On Sep 23, MCD declared a quarterly dividend of $1.38 per share.
  • This is an increase of 6.98% from the prior dividend of $1.29.
  • Payable Dec 15, to shareholders of record on Dec 1; ex-div: Nov 30.

Please note that we're not recommending any of these stocks. Readers should do their own research on these companies before buying shares.

Dividend Cuts and Suspensions

Following requests from readers, we've added this section to our weekly article series. Please note that we're only covering dividend cuts and suspensions announced by companies in Dividend Radar's spreadsheet.

There were no dividend cuts or suspensions announced for stocks in Dividend Radar during this period.

An Interesting Candidate

In this section, we highlight one of the stocks that announced a dividend increase. We provide a quality assessment and present performance, earnings, and valuation charts.

Our objective is to identify high-quality dividend growth [DG] stocks trading at reasonable valuations. That's a tough task, though, as high-quality DG stocks often trade at premium valuations. If we can't find a worthy candidate, we'll suggest a stock to add to your watchlist and a suitable target price.

To start, we use DVK Quality Snapshots to do a quick quality assessment, screening our list of DG stocks based on quality scores. Below is a shortlist of stocks with quality scores in the range 19-25:

Source: Created by the authors from data in Dividend Radar

Four stocks made the shortlist this week. We've focused on ACN and LMT before, so the choice is between MCD and JPM. Given its higher yield and 5-year DGR, let's look at Dividend Contender JPMorgan Chase (JPM) this week.

JPM yields 2.40% at $166.98 per share and has an impressive 5-year DGR of 15.4%.

JPM is rated Fine (quality score: 19-22):

Over the past ten years, JPM has outperformed the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY), an ETF designed to track the 500 companies in the S&P 500 index:

Source: Portfolio-Insight.com

Over this time frame, JPM delivered total returns of 598% versus SPY's 358%, a margin of 1.67-to-1.

If we extend the period of comparison to the past twenty years, JPM outperformed SPY by a margin of 1.50-to-1, with total returns of 806% versus SPY's 536%.

JPM's dividend growth is steady and quite impressive, with double-digit or near double-digit percentage increases over the past ten years:

Likewise, JPM's EPS growth is steady, though the bank took a bit of a hit in FY 2020:

Fortunately, it looks like EPS will recover nicely in FY 2021.

At 34%, JPM's earnings payout ratio is "low for banks", according to Simply Safe Dividends:

This means JPM has plenty of room to continue increasing its dividend.

Let's now consider JPM's valuation. We could estimate fair value by dividing the stock's annualized dividend ($4.00) by its 5-year average yield (2.59%). That results in a fair value [FV] estimate of $154. Given JPM's current price of $166.98, the stock is trading at a premium to its past dividend yield history.

For reference, Morningstar's FV is $143, CFRA's FV is $175, Simply Wall St's FV is $191, and Finbox.com's FV is $207. The average of these fair value estimates is $179, indicating that JPM may be discounted.

My own FV estimate of JPM is $170, so I believe the stock is trading at a discounted valuation of about 2%.

Here are the most recent Seeking Alpha articles covering JPM:

Conclusion

JPM is a high-quality DG stock trading at a discounted valuation. For stocks rated Fine, I'm willing to pay up to my FV estimate for shares. Therefore, my Buy Below price for JPM is $170. For conservative investors, a price below $153 is more appropriate.

Please note that we're not recommending JPM or any of the stocks listed in this article. Readers should do their own research on these companies before buying shares.

Thanks for reading and happy investing!

This article was written by

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FerdiS invests in dividend growth stocks and writes options to boost dividend income. He manages DivGro, a portfolio of mainly dividend growth stocks created in January 2013. With investment and trading experience spanning nearly 20 years, FerdiS enjoys writing articles about dividend growth investing, options trading, stock selection, portfolio management, and passive income generation. His DivGro blog hosts more than 1,000 posts and a live, public spreadsheet with full details of his DivGro portfolio, allowing readers to follow along in his investment journey. FerdiS is collaborating with the founders of Portfolio Insight, an online platform for portfolio management and investment analysis. Together, we maintain and publish Dividend Radar, a free spreadsheet of dividend growth stocks, on a weekly basis.

Disclosure: I/we have a beneficial long position in the shares of ACN, JPM, LMT, MCD either through stock ownership, options, or other derivatives. 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.

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