Dividend Increase | L3Harris Technologies $LHX #Dividend

Dividend | Dividend Growth | Financial Independence | Freedom | Passive Income
Getting a pay raise while sitting on the couch?  Sign me up!  Thanks L3Harris 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 February 25th the Board of Directors at L3Harris Technologies (LHX) approved an increase in the quarterly dividend payment.  The dividend was increased from $1.02 to $1.12 which is an excellent 9.8% raise.  L3Harris Trust is a Dividend Contender with 21 consecutive years of dividend growth.  Shares currently yield 1.92% based on the new annualized payout.

The new dividend will be payable March 25th to shareholders of record as of March 11th.

Since I own 65.763 shares of L3Harris in my FI Portfolio, this raise increased my forward 12-month dividends by $26.31.  This is the 10th raise I've received from L3Harris since initiating a position in 2012 with total organic dividend growth coming in at 203%.

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L3Harris had a burgeoning dividend growth streak from 1993 through 1999; however, the dividend was cut in October of that year.  After a brief 11 quarter freeze dividend growth heated up and LHX has now amassed a 21 year streak of raises.

During their streak year over year dividend growth has ranged from 6.2% to 32.1% with an average of 14.4% and a median of 12.8%.

There's been 18 rolling 5-year periods during their streak with annualized dividend growth ranging from 9.5% to 17.7% with an average of 13.5% and a median of 14.4%.

Over that same period there's been 13 rolling 10-year periods with L3Harris' annualized dividend growth ranging from 12.3% to 14.4% with an average of 13.4% and a median of 13.6%.

The 1-, 3-, 5-, and 10-year rolling dividend growth rates for L3Harris Technologies since 2000 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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L3Harris 3-year average forward dividend yield is 1.75% which corresponds to a share price of $256 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 $232 - $284 and suggests that shares are trading on the lower 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 a 10% discount rate and assuming L3Harris can maintain 8.0% annual dividend growth shares are worth around $242 per share.

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At a 7.5% estimated dividend growth rate L3Harris shares are worth around $193 per share.  With a 8.5% dividend growth rate shares are worth around $324 per share.

Wrap Up

This raise increased my forward dividends by $26.31 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 2.42% this raise is like I invested an extra $1,087 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.

This is the 14th dividend increase I've received from the companies in my FI Portfolio increasing by forward 12-month dividends by $135.24 combined.

My FI Portfolio's forward-12 month dividends are $9,817.10  Including my FolioFirst portfolio's forward dividends of $183.29 brings my total taxable accounts dividends to $10,000.39.  My Roth IRA's forward 12-month dividends are $935.58.  My Rollover IRA's forward dividends are $4,231.75.  Across all accounts I can expect to receive $15,167.72 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 Technologies' 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.

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