Dividend Increase | Pfizer (PFE)

Dividend | Dividend Growth | Financial Independence | Freedom | Passive Income
Getting a pay raise while sitting on the couch?  Sign me up!  Thanks Pfizer 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 December 10th the Board of Directors at Pfizer (PFE) approved an increase in the quarterly dividend payment.  The dividend was increased from $0.39 to $0.40 which is a lackluster 2.6% increase.  Pfizer is a Dividend Challenger with 11 consecutive years of dividend growth.  Shares currently yield 3.03% based on the new annualized payout.

The new dividend will be payable March 4trh to shareholders of record as of January 28th.

Since I own 64.36 shares of Pfizer in my FI Portfolio, this raise increased my forward 12-month dividends by $2.57.  This is the 3rd raise that I've received from Pfizer since initiating a position in 2019.  Total organic dividend growth over that time is 11%.

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Pfizer's dividend history is equal parts impressive and disappointing.  From 1980 through 2008 Pfizer had grown dividends every single year which is an impressive 29 year streak.  Unfortunately in 2009 and 2010 Pfizer due to patent expiration on blockbuster drugs, namely Lipitor, Pfizer's sales and cash flow took a hit leading to a dividend reduction.  However, starting in 2011 annual dividend growth has returned.

Dating back to 1980 Pfizer's year over year dividend growth has ranged from -37.5% to 122.2% with an average of 13.9% and a median of 11.8%.

There's been 38 rolling 5-year periods over that time with annualized dividend growth ranging from -5.6% to 32.7% with an average of 11.1% and a median of 11.5%.

There's also been 33 rolling 10-year periods with annualized dividend growth ranging from 0.6% to 20.9% with an average of 10.7% and a median of 11.5%.

The 1-, 3-, 5- and 10-year rolling dividend growth rates for Pfizer since 1980 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 3 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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Pfizer's 3-year average forward dividend yield is 4.02% which corresponds to a share price of $40 based on the new annualized payout.  

I consider the fair value range based on dividend yield theory to be the 3-year moving average yield +/- 10%.  That gives a fair value range of $36 - $44 and suggests that shares are trading above fair value at a price just under $53.

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 a 10% discount rate and assuming Pfizer can maintain 6.0% annual dividend growth shares are worth around $42 per share.

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Reducing the estimated growth rate to 5% lowers the fair value to $34.  Maintaining the 6% growth rate but lowering the discount rate to 9% increases the fair value to $56.

Wrap Up

This raise increased my forward dividends by $2.57 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 2.30% this raise is like I invested an extra $111 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 57 raises from the companies in my FI Portfolio increasing my forward-12 month dividends by $688.06.

My FI Portfolio's forward-12 month dividends are $9,230.77  Including my FolioFirst portfolio's forward dividends of $178.78 brings my total taxable accounts dividends to $9,409.52.  My Roth IRA's forward 12-month dividends are $893.25.  My Rollover IRA's forward dividends are $4,064.61.  Across all accounts I can expect to receive $14,367.38 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.  Pfizer'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 Pfizer?  How do you handle dividend growth that didn't meet your expectations?  I expected Pfizer to announce at least a 4% raise, but expected more, yet they only raised it 2.5%.

Please share your thoughts below.