Dividend Increase | L3Harris Technologies (LHX)

Dividend | Dividend Growth | Financial Independence | Freedom | Passive Income
Getting a pay raise while sitting on the couch?  Sign me up!  Thanks LHX 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 January 28th the Board of Directors at L3Harris Technologies (LHX) approved an increase in the quarterly dividend payment from $0.85 up to $1.02.  That's a very strong 20.0% dividend increase.  L3Harris is a Dividend Contender with 20 consecutive years of dividend growth.  Shares currently yield 2.31% based on the new annualized payout.

Since I own 64.12 shares of L3Harris in my FI Portfolio, this raise increased my forward 12-month dividends by $43.60.  This is the 9th dividend increase I've received from them after initiating a position in 2012.  Total dividend growth over that time is a whopping 176%

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L3Harris has a 20 year streak of dividend growth; however, there was a massive cut in 1999.  After that the dividend was flat until 2002 and it's been full steam ahead since.  

During L3Harris' 20 year streak, year over year dividend growth has ranged from 6.2% to 38.5% with an average of 20.8% and a median of 19.2%.

There's been 16 rolling 5-year periods during their streak with annualized dividend growth ranging from 9.5% to 32.0% with an average of 19.8% and a median of 16.9%.

There's also been 11 rolling 10-year periods over which annualized dividend growth has ranged from 13.1% to 26.8% with an average of 19.2% and a median of 18.4%.

The 1-, 3-, 5- and 10-year rolling dividend growth rates since 1993 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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L3Harris' 5-year average forward dividend yield is 1.82% which corresponds to a share price of $224 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 $203 - $249 and suggests that L3Harris shares are trading below the lower end of the fair value range.

Wrap Up

This raise increased my forward dividends by $43.60 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 2.54% this raise is like I invested an extra $1,718 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 6 raises from the companies in my FI Portfolio increasing my forward-12 month dividends by $63.32.

My FI Portfolio's forward-12 month dividends are $7,770.21  Including my FolioFirst portfolio's forward dividends of $106.92 brings my total taxable accounts dividends to $7,877.13.  My Roth IRA's forward 12-month dividends are $687.38.  My Rollover IRA's forward dividends are $3,389.39.  Across all accounts I can expect to receive $11,953.90 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.  L3Harris' 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 L3Harris?  Do you think this remarkable pace of dividend growth can continue?

Please share your thoughts below.