Wednesday, December 4, 2019

NOVEMBER 2019 DIVIDENDS


Well, November is over and it's Christmas season.  This year sure has gone by fast.

November is my low month of the quarter, but still am nearing $1K for the month. 

Thanks to my shuffling around of my portfolio back in August, my large earning but slowly sinking REIT dividends are not longer part of Novembers.  But I am in a stronger position in the long term.

I took a hit from last year because of the shuffling, but I am happier for it.


I received 28 dividends for a total of $916.16.   I guarantee that I will break thousand in November 2020...  That's my goal.

If I do, I will buy this messed up tee shirt..

Toto is most offended by this..
ost offended by this


11/1/2019
VZ
$53.51

11/1/2019
T
$102.00

11/4/2019
CVS
$32.00

11/5/2019
CBRL
$31.20

11/7/2019
RTN
$19.79

11/8/2019
CZNC
$40.77

11/11/2019
APD
$10.44

11/14/2019
AAPL
$30.80

11/14/2019
DAL
$27.37

11/15/2019
AES
$31.80

11/15/2019
ABBV
$42.80

11/15/2019
CLX
$21.20

11/15/2019
CL
$9.46

11/15/2019
COST
$5.20

11/15/2019
HRL
$9.45

11/15/2019
MAIN
$20.50

11/15/2019
NNN
$40.17

11/15/2019
OHI
$100.50

11/15/2019
PG
$33.57

11/15/2019
O
$15.21

11/15/2019
SKT
$34.79

11/18/2019
APLE
$40.90

11/20/2019
CAT
$38.11

11/21/2019
PAYX
$40.30

11/22/2019
C
$2.55

11/29/2019
CLDT
$21.45

11/29/2019
SBUX
$26.24

11/29/2019
WSM
$34.08
$916.16

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

NOVEMBER 2019 DIVIDEND INCREASES


Well, that was a fun month.  Great food.  Fun football games.  Tricked out the house for the Holidays

Got some dividend increases.

Yep, not only am I being paid for being alive, I got a pay raise for being alive...

Eight companies rewarded their shareholders with dividend increases, some by quite a big chunk to boot!  Dividends are simply a company sharing their profits with their co-owners.

The big one last month was Sysco Systems (SYY).  15.4% rise.


That's right.  Its a can of whoop-ass....

As you can see from the chart below, I averaged an 8.44% raise in the 8 companies that announced raises.


TICKER OLD DIV NEW DIV % Gain old annual new annual INCREASE Yield  Yield on Purchase
ABBV $1.070 $1.180 10.3% $171.20 $188.80 $17.60 5.93% 4.68%
EMR $0.490 $0.500 2% $66.64 $68.00 $1.36 2.74% 4.28%
WRK $0.4550 $0.465 2.2% $203.84 $208.32 $4.48 4.74% 5.22%
TSN $0.375 $0.420 12% $40.50 $45.36 $4.86 1.89% 2.81%
NKE $0.220 $0.245 11.4% $40.48 $45.08 $4.60 1.07% 1.14%
SYY $0.390 $0.450 15.4% $98.28 $113.40 $15.12 2.21% 2.84%
MRK $0.550 $0.610 10.9% $107.80 $119.56 $11.76 2.90% 3.02%
HRL $0.2325 $0.210 10.7% $37.00 $41.85 $4.85 2.18% 2.33%













$765.74 $830.37 $64.63 8.44%


You may notice my last column. "Yield on purchase".  That's what I am earning from these companies thanks to buying at a lower price in the past and experiencing a dividend raise or two.

For example, Westrock will pay you 4.74% annually if you buy today.  I get 5.22% from my purchase a few months ago. 

EMR is a good example of holding a company for a longer period of time and going through multiple div increases.  My money now earns 4.28%.

That's the snowball I am looking for.

Most of these companies will continue to raise their dividend annually for years to come.  Eventually, I will earn 100% of my initial investment annually.  Eventually...

You can see ABBV pays me less that if I had bought today.   That company has lost some ground since my purchase.  Even if the stock is a bit underwater, multiple div increases will keep my yield up to the current one.

A friend of mine who does not quite understand the dividend thing commented "why aren't they growing their company instead?  Dividends do not seem like a smart thing to do".   Well, what owner would never want to reap the rewards of a profitable company?

In fact, these companies are growing.  But there is a realistic limit to growth.  Unrestrained growth could, and often does, result in a free fall when sales do not match growth.  Smart companies grow in a measured pace and give the rest of their profits back to the shareholders that have entrusted this company to perform for them.

Enoy!

Sunday, December 1, 2019

NOVEMBER 2019 BUYS


Ahh, Novembe..  I love the fall.  I really love Thanksgiving.  I've hosted the family dinner for a solid 12 years now.  By tomorrow, I will be officially sick of the leftovers.

Also, I love shopping for shares of quality companies that pay healthy dividends and tend to grow them.

I initiated a position in Associated Banc-Corp  (ASB).  they're a Green Bay, based bank that's the largest bank based in Wisconsin.   They easily pass my stock screener and I've been looking forward to having them in my portfolio for the past few months.  I particularly like the 12% clip of growth over the past 5 years with lots of room to spare.

This month was a bit different than most months this year.  It's due to the ongoing brokerage war.  Fidelity no longer charges for trades. 

No fee trades allowed me to buy small amounts of shares instead of accumulating a large chunk of cash to avoid any hit on my cost basis with the fee.  I used to wait until I had about $1,500 or so to make a purchase. 

Now that there are no fees, I made a few purchases that I would normally not have done. 

A good example of that is WhiteHorse Finance (WHF).  I already have way way  over what I consider a full position ($4,000 cost basis), but I could not resist picking up a small amount with the spare change I had in my account.  Their price is quite low, and have been holding real steady over the past few years in regards to maintaining their equity price as well as their hefty dividend.

Another small purchase I made was adding a few shares of Tanger Factory Outlet Centers (SKT).  another share that pays out a fat dividend ad are out a real discounted price.  Their long term viability in maintaining this big dividend my be questionable, but it's just a $63 dollar investment in a 9.9% dividend.  Sure.  Why not.

Here's the breakdown...

Ticker
Date
QTY
Price
Total
DIV INC / Yr
YIELD
C
11/4
5
$74.5800
$372.90
$10.20
2.74%
C
11/5
1
$75.3700
$75.37
$2.04
2.71%
SKT
11/8
4
$15.9146
$63.66
$5.68
8.92%
AWR
11/15
5
$83.0160
$415.08
$6.10
1.47%
WHF
11/20
6
$14.35
$86.07
$8.52
9.90%
ASB
11/29
6
$21.58
$129.46
$4.32
3.34%







TOTALS



$1142.54
$36.86
3.23%

These purchases added $36.86 to my annual dividend haul. 


Uncle Zodiac likes it..

Nice shirt, eh?