Friday, April 1, 2011

* 1 Company Announced A Higher Dividend, 7 To Pay Higher Dividends in April

A stock with a high yield doesn’t mean much if the dividend is cut or eliminated, and the stock price declines significantly. Sometimes it is desirable to accept higher risk for a higher yield. Other times we may be accepting higher risk and are not being adequately compensated for the additional risk. One measure of dividend sustainability is the ability of management to consistently raise their dividends each year.


This week only one company announced raised the dividend growth bar one year by increasing its cash dividends paid:

International Paper (IP) is a global paper and packaging company with manufacturing operations in North America, Europe, Latin America, Russia, Asia and North Africa. March 29th the company increased its quarterly dividend 40% to $0.2625/share. The dividend is payable on June 15, 2011 to shareholders of record on May 17, 2011. The yield based on the new payout is 3.6%.

The following companies will pay higher dividends in April:

Chubb Corporation (CB) as one of the largest U.S. property-casualty insurers, Chubb has carved out a number of niches, including high-end personal lines and specialty liability lines coverage. April 5th the company will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.39/share. This dividend is 5.4% higher than the previous quarter. The company has paid a cash dividend to shareholders every year since 1902 and has increased its dividend payments for 47 consecutive years. The yield based on the new payout is 2.6%.

The Coca-Cola Company (KO) is the world’s largest beverage company, refreshing consumers with more than 500 sparkling and still brands. April 1st the company will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.47/share. This dividend is 7% higher than the previous quarter. The company has paid a cash dividend to shareholders every year since 1893 and has increased its dividend payments for 49 consecutive years. The yield based on the new payout is 3.0%.

Family Dollar Stores Inc. (FDO) operates a chain of over 6,800 retail discount stores in 44 states across the U.S. April 15th the company will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.18/share. This dividend is 16% higher than the previous quarter. The company has paid a cash dividend to shareholders every year since 1976 and has increased its dividend payments for 35 consecutive years. The yield based on the new payout is 1.4%.

Genuine Parts Co. (GPC) is a distributor of automotive replacement parts in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. April 1st the company will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.45/share. This dividend is 10% higher than the previous quarter. The company has paid a cash dividend to shareholders every year since 1948 and has increased its dividend payments for 55 consecutive years. The yield based on the new payout is 3.4%.

Kimberly Clark Corp. (KMB) is a global consumer products company that produces tissue, personal care and health care. Its brands include Huggies, Pull-Ups, Kotex, Depend, Kleenex, Scott and Kimberly-Clark. April 4th the company will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.70/share. This dividend is 17% higher than the previous quarter. The company has paid a cash dividend to shareholders every year since 1935 and has increased its dividend payments for 38 consecutive years. The yield based on the new payout is 4.3%.

Piedmont Natural Gas (PNY) is an energy services company primarily engaged in the distribution of natural gas to more than one million residential, commercial and industrial utility customers in North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. April 15th the company will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.29/share. This dividend is 3.6% higher than the previous quarter. The company has paid a cash dividend to shareholders every year since 1956 and has increased its dividend payments for 33 consecutive years. The yield based on the new payout is 3.9%.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (WMT) serves customers and members more than 200 million times per week at 8,970 retail units under 60 different banners in 15 countries. April 5th the company will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.3650/share. This dividend is 21% higher than the previous quarter. The company has paid a cash dividend to shareholders every year since 1973 and has increased its dividend payments for 36 consecutive years. The yield based on the new payout is 2.8%.

Selecting stocks with increasing dividends is critical for an income growth strategy. The above list contains stocks that recently raised their dividends; it is not a list of recommend buys. As always, due diligence should be performed before buying or selling any stock. For a list of stocks with a long string of consecutive cash dividend increases, see this list.

Full Disclosure: Long KO, GPC, KMB, PNY, WMT. See a list of all my income holdings here.

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