Dividend Increase | Target Corporation (TGT)

Dividend | Dividend Growth | Financial Independence | Freedom | Passive Income
Getting a pay raise while sitting on the couch?  Sign me up!  Thanks Target for another 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 June 9th the Board of Directors at Target Corporation (TGT) announced an increase in their quarterly dividend payout.  The dividend was increased from $0.68 to $0.90 which is a huge 32.4% increase.  Target is a Dividend Champion with 50 consecutive years of dividend growth.  Shares currently yield 1.54% based on the new annualized payout.

The new dividend will be payable September 10th to shareholders of record as of August 18th.

Since I own 128.331 shares of Target in my FI Portfolio, this raise increased my forward 12-month dividends by $112.93.  I first purchased shares in 2012 and I've now received 9 dividend raises with total organic dividend growth coming in at 150%.

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Target's dividend growth streak is one of the lengthiest around at 50 years.  Their streak started back in 1972 and has covered all sorts of economic and geopolitical calamities and even through the most recent Covid-related shutdowns.

Dating back to 1972 there's been 50 year over year periods with annual dividend growth ranging from 3.1% to 45.5% with an average of 12.4% and a median of 9.9%.

Over that same period there's been 46 rolling 5-year periods with annualized dividend growth ranging from 4.4% to 23.6% with an average of 12.7% and a median of 11.1%.

There's been 41 rolling 10-year periods with Target's annualized dividend growth ranging from 6.3% to 20.3% with an average of 12.4% and a median of 11.4%.

The 1-, 3-, 5- and 10-year rolling dividend growth rates since 1972 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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Target's 5-year average forward dividend yield is 3.00% which corresponds to a share price of $120 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 $109 - $133 and suggests that Target is trading well above fair value.

Wrap Up

This raise increased my forward dividends by $112.93 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 2.25% this raise is like I invested an extra $5,025 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 27 raises from the companies in my FI Portfolio increasing my forward-12 month dividends by $400.90.

My FI Portfolio's forward-12 month dividends are $8,310.83  Including my FolioFirst portfolio's forward dividends of $175.11 brings my total taxable accounts dividends to $8,485.94.  My Roth IRA's forward 12-month dividends are $790.07.  My Rollover IRA's forward dividends are $3,750.89.  Across all accounts I can expect to receive $13,026.90 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.  Target 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 Target?  Do you think this 30%+ increase is a sign of faster dividend growth to come or just a one-off thing?

Please share your thoughts below.


  1. Hello PIP,

    New visitor at your blog. Wanted to stop by to say "hi"

    I am equally elated about this dividend increase and I am hopeful that this increase is a sign of things to come. Target has been working very hard at improving the overall shopping experience for the average shopper at their stores and that shows.

    Keep you the good work!



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