Dividend Increase | Starbucks Corporation (SBUX)

Dividend | Dividend Growth | Financial Independence | Freedom | Passive Income
Getting a pay raise while sitting on the couch?  Sign me up!  Thanks Starbucks 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.  

Starbucks (SBUX) snuck in and granted me one more dividend increase for September.  On September 30th the Board of Directors approved an increase in the quarterly dividend from $0.41 up to $0.45.  That's an excellent 9.8% increase.  Starbucks is a Dividend Contender with 11 consecutive years of dividend growth.  Shares currently yield 2.08% based on the new annualized payout.

The new dividend will be payable November 27th to shareholders of record as of November 12th.  

Since I own 57.453 shares of Starbucks in my FI Portfolio, this raise increased my forward 12-month dividends by $9.19.  This is the 7th dividend increase I've received from Starbucks since initiating a position in April 2014.  Total organic dividend growth over that time is a stupendous 246%.  

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Thus far Starbucks has been a prolific dividend grower.  Since initiating a dividend in 2010 the pace of dividend growth has been absolutely fantastic.

Since 2010 Starbucks' year over year dividend growth has ranged from 12.8% to 55.6% with an average of 25.5% and a median of 23.6%.

Of the 6 rolling 5-year periods over that time, annualized dividend growth has ranged from 19.8% to 30.5% with an average of 24.2% and a median of 24.1%.

While I don't expect to see annual dividend growth in the 15%+ area, I can still see 8-10% for the foreseeable future which would be just fine by me.

The 1-, 3-, 5- and 10-year rolling dividend growth rates since 2010 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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Starbucks' 5-year average forward dividend yield is 1.88% which corresponds to a share price of $96 based on the new annualized payout.  

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 $87 - $106 and suggests that Starbucks is a potentially trading at attractive levels at current prices.

Wrap Up

This raise increased my forward dividends by $9.19 with me doing nothing.  That's right, absolutely nothing to contribute to their operations.  Based on my FI Portfolio's current yield of 2.77% this raise is like I invested an extra $332 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.

I've now received 34 raises from the companies in my FI Portfolio increasing my forward-12 month dividends by $244.19.

My FI Portfolio's forward-12 month dividends are $7,428.84  Including my FolioFirst portfolio's forward dividends of $104.53 brings my total taxable accounts dividends to $7,533.37.  My Roth IRA's forward 12-month dividends are $662.20.  My Rollover IRA's forward dividends are $3,021.29.  Across all accounts I can expect to receive $11,216.86 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.  Starbucks' 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 Starbucks?  What do you think Starbucks can provide in terms of dividend growth going forward?

Please share your thoughts below.