Dividend Increase | Cisco Systems (CSCO)

Dividend | Dividend Growth | Financial Independence | Freedom | Passive Income
Getting a pay raise while sitting on the couch?  Sign me up!  Thanks Cisco 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 February 9th the Board of Directors at Cisco Systems (CSCO) approved an increase in the quarterly dividend payment from $0.36 up to $0.37.  That's a pedestrian 2.8% raise.  Cisco is a Dividend Contender with 10 consecutive years of dividend growth.  Shares currently yield 3.19% based on the new annualized payout.

The new dividend will be payable April 28th to shareholders of record as of April 6th.

Since I own 70.939 shares of Cisco in my FI Portfolio, this raise increased my forward 12-month dividends by $2.84.  This is the 2nd dividend increase I've received from Cisco after initiating a position in 2019 with total organic dividend growth over that time coming to 5.7%.

I also own 107.779 shares in my Rollover IRA and this raise increased my forward 12-month dividends for that portfolio by $4.31.

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Cisco's dividend growth streak is now up to 10 years and on its way to notching 11 since initiating a dividend in 2011.  Dividend growth was very strong up until 2020 and now there's been two consecutive raises of just $0.01.  That's definitely a disappointment and something I'll continue to monitor.

There's been 10 year over year periods during Cisco's dividend growth streak with annual raises ranging between 2.0% and 45.1% with an average of 13.4% and a median of 10.8%.

There's been 6 rolling 5-year periods over that time with ICE's annualized dividend growth ranging from 8.2% to 40.6% with an average of 18.6% and a median of 15.5%.

The 1-, 3-, 5- and 10-year rolling dividend growth rates since 2011 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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Cisco's 5-year average forward dividend yield is 3.21% which corresponds to a share price of $46 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 $42 - $51 and suggests that Cisco's shares are trading around fair value.

Wrap Up

This raise increased my forward dividends by $2.84 with zero effort on my part.  That's right, absolutely nothing to contribute to their operations.  Based on my FI Portfolio's current yield of 2.41% this raise is like I invested an extra $118 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 10 raises from the companies in my FI Portfolio increasing my forward-12 month dividends by $72.76.

My FI Portfolio's forward-12 month dividends are $7,803.57  Including my FolioFirst portfolio's forward dividends of $109.18 brings my total taxable accounts dividends to $7,912.75.  My Roth IRA's forward 12-month dividends are $693.73.  My Rollover IRA's forward dividends are $3,429.29.  Across all accounts I can expect to receive $12,035.77 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.  Cisco'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 Cisco Systems?  How do you handle marked slow downs in dividend growth?  Wait and see or cut and run?

Please share your thoughts below.