Dividend Increase | Starbucks (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.  

On September 29th the Board of Directors at Starbucks Corporation (SBUX) approved an increase in the quarterly dividend payment.  The dividend was increased from $0.45 to $0.49 which is an excellent 8.9% increase.  Starbucks is a Dividend Contender with 12 consecutive years of dividend growth.  Shares currently yield 1.75% based on the new annualized payout.

The new dividend will be payable November 26th 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 8th raise I've received from Starbucks since initiating a position in 2014.  Total organic dividend growth over that time is an incredible 277%.

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Starbucks has been a prolific dividend grower during their 12 year streak that began in 2010.  

Since 2010 there's been 12 year over year periods with year over year dividend growth ranging between 9.5% to 55.6% with an average of 24.0% and a median of 23.6%.

There's been 7 rolling 5-year periods over that time with annualized dividend growth ranging from 16.7% to 30.5% with an average of 23.2% and a median of 23.9%.

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 1.95% which corresponds to a share price of $101 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 $92 - $112 and suggests that shares are trading on the upper end of the fair value range.

Another quick and dirty valuation method is the Gordon Growth or Dividend Discount model.  This valuation method is based solely off the expected future dividends as well as your required return.  Based on an 8% discount rate and assuming Starbucks can maintain 6% annual dividend growth Starbucks is worth around $104 per share.

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The above chart shows the DDM valuation using the 6% growth rate and 8% discount rate in comparison to the share price over time.

Wrap Up

This raise increased my forward dividends by $9.19 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 2.33% this raise is like I invested an extra $395 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 42 raises from the companies in my FI Portfolio increasing my forward-12 month dividends by $563.83.

My FI Portfolio's forward-12 month dividends are $8,815.62  Including my FolioFirst portfolio's forward dividends of $178.46 brings my total taxable accounts dividends to $8,994.08.  My Roth IRA's forward 12-month dividends are $880.47.  My Rollover IRA's forward dividends are $3,954.36.  Across all accounts I can expect to receive $13,828.91 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 are your expectations for dividend growth going forward?

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