Dividend Increase Rollover IRA | Ecolab (ECL)

Dividend | Dividend Growth | Financial Independence | Freedom | Passive Income
Getting a pay raise while sitting on the couch?  Sign me up!  Thanks Ecolab 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 December 3rd the Board of Directors at Ecolab (ECL) approved an increase in the quarterly dividend payment.  The dividend was increased from $0.47 up to $0.48.  That's a disappointing 2.1% increase, but it was at least an increase.  Ecolab is a Dividend Champion with 28 consecutive years of dividend growth. Shares currently yield 0.86% based on the new annualized payout.

The new dividend will be payable January 15th to shareholders of record as of December 15th.  

Since I own 22.573 shares of Ecolab in my Rollover IRA, this raise increased my forward 12-month dividends by just $0.90.  This is the 2nd dividend increase I've received from Ecolab since initiating a position in September 2019.  Total organic dividend growth over that time is a rather disappointing 4.4%.  

A full screen version of this chart can be found here.

Ecolab's dividend growth streak got off to a rocky start; however, every year starting in 1993 annual dividend increases have been the norm.

Of the 29 annual periods dating back to 1993, year over year dividend growth has ranged from 2.1% to 20.0% with an average of 11.3% and a median of 11.8%.

Of the 25 rolling 5-year periods over that time, annualized dividend growth has range from 6.5% to 16.3% with an average of 11.7% and a median of 12.1%.

Of the 20 rolling 10-year periods annualized dividend growth has ranged from 10.0% to 14.2% with an average of 11.7% and a median of 11.6%.

The 1-, 3-, 5- and 10-year rolling dividend growth rates since 1989 can be found in the following chart.  

A full screen version of this chart can be found here.

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.

A full screen version of this chart can be found here.

Ecolab's 5-year average forward dividend yield is 1.10% which corresponds to a share price of $175 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 $159 to $194 and suggests that Ecolab is trading ~29% above fair value and about 16% above the upper range of fair value.

Wrap Up

This raise increased my forward dividends by $0.90 with me doing nothing.  That's right, absolutely nothing to contribute to their operations.  Based on my Rollover IRA's current yield of 2.08% this raise is like I invested an extra $43 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 19 raises from the companies in my Rollover IRA this year.

My FI Portfolio's forward-12 month dividends are $7,602.66  Including my FolioFirst portfolio's forward dividends of $104.83 brings my total taxable accounts dividends to $7,707.49.  My Roth IRA's forward 12-month dividends are $676.91.  My Rollover IRA's forward dividends increased to $3,192.86
.  Across all accounts I can expect to receive $11,577.26 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.  Ecolab'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 take a wait and see approach when dividend growth deviates from your expectations?

Please share your thoughts below.


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