Dividend Increase | VF Corporation (VFC) Rollover IRA

Dividend | Dividend Growth | Financial Independence | Freedom | Passive Income
Getting a pay raise while sitting on the couch?  Sign me up!  Thanks VF Corporation for the dividend increase!
There's an old Chinese proverb that says "the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago, the next best time is now".  The reason for this is that it takes time for a tree to grow and prosper and for you to start reaping its benefits.  Dividend growth investing is much the same way.  It takes consistent saving and investing as well as time and patience to let the power of dividend growth take hold.

That's why one of my favorite things is when one of the companies I own decides to pay out more in dividends.  You mean I get a pay raise just for owning a small piece of a company?  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.  

On October 25th the Board of Directors at VF Corporation (VFC) approved an increase to the quarterly dividend payment.  The dividend was increased from $0.43 up to $0.48 per share.  That's an excellent 11.6% raise!  VF Corporation is a Dividend Champion with 46 consecutive years of dividend increases.  Shares currently yield 2.28% based on the new annualized payout.

The newly increased dividend will be payable on December 20th to shareholders of record as of December 10th.

Since I own 205.83 shares of VF Corporation in my Rollover IRA, this raise increased my forward 12-month dividends by $41.17.  

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VF Corporation has a rich history of raising their dividends as evidenced by their 46 year streak.  While it appears that there was a cut recently that was actually due to the spin-off of Kontoor Brands (KTB).  What's really impressive is that despite the decrease, VF Corporation will still pay out more in 2019 than in 2018.

Of the 29 1-year periods starting in 1990, VF Corporation's annual dividend growth has ranged from 1.7% to 76.4%.  The average increase has been 10.6% with a median of just 5.8%.

There are 25 rolling 5-year periods starting in 1990 and annualized dividend growth has ranged from 4.3% to 18.6% with an average of 10.5% and a median of 7.4%.

Of the 20 rolling 10-year periods, annualized dividend growth has ranged from 4.8% to 17.1% with an average of 10.3% and a median of 11.0%.

The pace of dividend growth has accelerated since the mid-2000s which I can only hope is a precursor for what's to come.

The 1-, 3-, 5- and 10-year rolling dividend growth rates since 1990 can be found in the following chart.  

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For dividend yield theory I consider the fair value range to be the forward dividend yield +/- 10% compared to the 5 year moving average, the under/over value area to be to between 10%-20% deviation from the average and significant over/under value are greater than a 20% deviation from the average.

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VF Corporation's 5-year average forward dividend yield is 2.49% which corresponds with a share price of $77.11 based on the newly raised dividend.  

I consider the fair value range based on dividend yield theory to be the 5-year moving average yield +/- 10%.  That gives a fair value range of $70 - $86 which suggests shares are currently trading on the upper end of fair value.

Analysts expect VF Corporation to have earnings of $3.39 for FY 2020 and $3.89 for FY 2021.  The current price of $84.15 has shares valued at 24.8x and 21.6x forecasts, respectively.  Using the EV/EBITDA shares look better at 14.8x.  

The return from an investment is comprised of 3 parts: growth in earnings + dividend yield + changes to valuation.  Before accounting for valuation changes VF Corporation could potentially produce 9.0% annualized returns; however, valuation changes aren't likely to add to returns going forward.

Wrap Up

This raise increased my forward dividends by $41.17 with me doing nothing.  That's right, absolutely nothing to contribute to their operations.  Based on my Rollover IRA's current yield of 2.28% this raise is like I invested an extra $1,808 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.

My FI Portfolio's forward-12 month dividends are $7,638.51.  Including my FolioFirst portfolio's forward dividends of $101.14 brings my total taxable accounts dividends to $7,739.65.  My Roth IRA's forward 12-month dividends are $619.08.  My Rollover IRA's forward dividends increased to $2,303.75.  Across all accounts I can expect to receive $10,6662.48 in dividends over the next year.

I've also started compiling dividend data on many of the companies that I own or would like to own.  VF Corporation's can be found here which includes the dividend history (as far back as I can find without spending hours hunting it down), rolling dividend growth rates and dividend yield theory.  To see other companies that I've already gathered the data on you can check out the Dividend Companies page.  Check it out and let me know what you think.

Do you own shares of VF Corporation?  How has dividend growth for you holdings fared in 2019?

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