Dividend Growth Investing at Work - Two More Increases to Close Out October
Something I love about dividend growth investing is that each month I get to hear about companies I own deciding to pay me more money in dividends. Just for owning a small portion of said companies. Not going and doing R&D for new products or technology. Not selling any products. Not managing any employees or inventory. Not making sales calls. All I had to do was have the foresight to invest some of my savings in excellent companies. That's dividend growth investing at work! I mean who doesn't like getting a raise for doing nothing?
Yesterday was a wonderful day for dividend growth investors. Two of the companies I own announced dividend increases: one was slightly higher than I expected and the other was in the ballpark of my estimate. First up was Aflac (AFL). The Board of Directors approved an increase in the quarterly dividend from $0.39 to $0.41. That's a solid 5.1% increase in the payout which was slightly above what I expected. Nothing spectacular but well ahead of the rate of inflation. Since I own 73.411 shares of Aflac, this raise will increase my forward 12-month dividends by $5.87.
Next up was Starbucks (SBUX) that received approval to increase the quarterly dividend from $0.16 to $0.20. That's a whopping 25.0% increase and actually came in higher than I thought as I was expecting a 20% raise. Since I own 56.208 shares of Starbucks, this increase raised my forward 12-month dividends by $9.01.
In total my forward dividends increased by $14.88 with me doing nothing. That's right, absolutely nothing to contribute to their operations. Based on my portfolio's current yield of 3.24% this raise is like I invested an extra $459 in capital. Except that I didn't! Two of the companies I own just decided to send more of the profits 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! That's the beauty of the dividend growth investing strategy because you build up your dividends by fresh capital investment as well dividend increases from the companies you own.
I've already received raises from YUM Brands (YUM), Omega Healthcare Investors (OHI), Kinder Morgan, Inc. (KMI), Visa (V) this month bringing the total to 6 different companies paying me higher dividends. In total my forward dividends increased by $49.07 just for owning excelletn companies. There's no more dividend increases expected for this month, of course today would be the last day to announce one. Looking forward November will be much quieter with just two of my holdings expected to announce increases.
My FI Portfolio's forward-12 month dividends are up to $6,029.79 and including my Loyal3 portfolio's forward dividends of $59.55 brings my total taxable account forward dividends to $6,089.34.
Did any of your holdings increase their dividends during October? Are you happy with the raises or did they come in lower than you expected?
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