On Tuesday of this week the Board of Directors at Realty Income Corporation (O) approved yet another increase in their storied dividend history. The dividend payout was raised to $0.211 from $0.2105 or 0.24%. Assuming the dividend is maintained at this level for the remainder of 2017 this will represent 24 consecutive years of dividend growth giving them the title of Dividend Contender. Shares currently yield 4.26% based on the new dividend rate.
The increase might not seem like much, but you have to keep in mind that Realty Income gives multiple smaller increases throughout the year as opposed to just one bigger increase. Compared to the comparable payment from 2016 the dividend has risen 6.03%.
Since I own 92.339 shares of Realty Income in my FI Portfolio this raise increased my forward 12-month dividends by $0.55. This is the 4th consecutive year of dividend increases that I've received from Realty Income since initiating a position in mid-2013. This is also the 19th dividend increase that Realty Income has provided over that time. Cumulatively my Realty Income dividends have risen by 16.2% from dividend growth alone! According to USInflationCalculator the total rate of inflation over the same period is just 4.6%.
A larger version of the chart can be found here.
One of the great things about Realty Income, besides the monthly dividends and the multiple raises throughout the year, is the consistency. Realty Income might not provide stellar dividend growth that you'll brag about, but the steady and consistent 5% annual increase is wonderful to see.
|Realty Income Corporation (O) Annual Dividend and Rolling Dividend Growth Rates|
An interactive graphical version of the previous chart can be found here.
My forward dividends increased by $0.55 with me doing nothing. That's right, absolutely nothing to contribute to their operations. Based on my portfolio's current yield of 2.91% this raise is like I invested an extra $19 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.
Thus far in 2017 I've received 12 dividend increases from 11 companies held in my FI Portfolio increasing my forward 12-month dividends by $65.37.
My FI Portfolio's forward-12 month dividends increased to $5,616.40. Including my Loyal3 portfolio's forward dividends of $69.23 brings my total taxable accounts dividends to $5,685.63. My Roth IRA's forward 12-month dividends remain at $283.94.
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