It’s time for my favorite type of post: a tally of the dividends I received in the prior month.
So how did I do in December?
Last month 24 companies sent me a dividend payout, adding up to a total of $373.
With the sole exception of September 2017 (which came in with a dividend tally of $379) this was my highest amount ever. $400 in dividends in a single month is coming real close!
The following table shows the tickers of the companies that made a December 2017 dividend payout to my portfolio.
It features the dividend amount I received and any change in payout as compared to the last payout moment.
The fact that 24 companies sent me dividend checks is great in and of itself. But out of those 24 there were 6 companies who decided to raise their pay-outs. Really putting the growth in Dividend Growth Investing here.
Within those 6 dividend increases three stand out.
Starbucks decided to turn my dividend Tall into a Grande by raising it by 20% (!). Double digit dividend increases are rare, but Starbucks have been serving them for years now. I hope they can keep it up, and continue to drive growth in China - opening a new store every 15 hours - and even in the home of the espresso, Italy.
The other dividend increase that stands out is that of Rockwell Automation, coming in at nearly 10%. The company’s stock price has been on a tear almost all of 2017 and was pursued by another company in my portfolio - Emerson.
Finally, VF Corporation also delivered a near 10% dividend increase. The company - with it’s broad portfolio of brands - continues to do well and has proven to be a reliable dividend payer.
Comparing the dividend payout of December 2016 to December 2017 (below) shows an increase from $180 to $373- a YoY growth of 107%.
How was your December and its dividend? Leave a comment/reply to share your thoughts!