|Getting a pay raise while sitting on the couch? Sign me up! Thanks Phillip Morris for another pay raise!|
Yesterday, the Board of Directors at Phillip Morris (PM) announced an increase in their quarterly dividend payment. The dividend was increase to $1.04 from the previous payout of $1.02. That's a 1.96% boost. Phillip Morris is a Dividend Challenger with 8 consecutive years of dividend increases. Shares currently yield 4.22%.
Since I own 62.61 shares of Phillip Morris in my FI Portfolio this raise increased my forward 12-month dividends by $5.01. This is the 4th dividend increase I've received from Phillip Morris since initiating a position in late 2012. Cumulatively my income from Phillip Morris has increased by 22.4%!!! According to USInflationCalculator the total rate of inflation over the same time period is just 4.8% so Phillip Morris is crushing inflation in terms of increasing my income.
I also own 13.455 shares of Phillip Morris in my Roth IRA. This increase boosted my forward 12-month dividends in that account by $1.08.
Phillip Morris' dividend growth has varied considerably in its few short years as a standalone company. While the dividend growth might fluctuate it continues to come year after year.
|Phillip Morris Annual Dividend and Growth Rates Since 2008|
In case you don't know Phillip Morris is a sister company of Altria (MO) except they only operate internationally. As such, foreign exchange rates play a big role in the cash flow of the company when everything gets converted back into greenbacks. It's no secret that the USD has gained ground against a basket of foreign currencies which is hurting Phillip Morris' excess cash flow to give back to investors. Until the USD gives up some ground the slow and steady approach is what you can expect going forward.
My forward dividends increased by $5.01 with me doing nothing. That's right, absolutely nothing to contribute to their operations. Based on my portfolio's current yield of 3.04% this raise is like I invested an extra $165 in capital. Except that I didn't! One of the companies I own just decided to send more cash my way.
That's how you can eventually reach the crossover point where your dividends received exceed your expenses. That's DIVIDEND GROWTH INVESTING AT WORK! The beauty of the dividend growth investing strategy is that you build up your dividends through fresh capital investment as well dividend increases from the companies you own.
For a dividend growth investor there's not much that's better than hearing news of a dividend increase. So far this year I've received 38 increases from 30 companies increasing my forward 12-month dividends by $210.53.
My FI Portfolio's forward-12 month dividends increased to $5,472.62 and including my Loyal3 portfolio's forward dividends of $65.06 brings my total taxable account forward dividends to $5,537.68. My Roth IRA's forward 12-month dividends increased as well to $272.79.
Previous increases announced this month:
Verizon Communications (VZ)
Realty Income (O)
Do you own shares of Phillip Morris? Are you disappointed or happy with the relatively low dividend growth from the last 2 increases?
Please share your thoughts below.
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