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Expected Dividend Increases in May 2018

Expected Dividend Increases in May for my Vrijheid Fonds

One thing I love about Dividend Growth Investing (DGI), is when I read the news and I see one of my companies raising their dividend. This sweet feeling of making more money by doing nothing, man that is nice 🙂 .

That is one of the reasons that I track the dividend increases of the companies in myVrijheid Fonds. There have been quite a few dividend increases announced so far in 2018 for my Vrijheid Fonds. The counter is now on 18 announcements already!!  It definitely has been a fun time to be a dividend growth investor. In this post I try to summarize as many companies that are expected to announce a dividend increase in the coming month.

 

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Why you ask? I find it fun to track the dividend increases because I like companies that regularly increase their dividend. I believe that companies can only increase their dividends regularly if they grow earnings sufficiently. And it is the most outward sign by management as to how business is going. These companies show confidence in the potential growth of future earnings. And that are the kind of companies I like in my Vrijheid Fonds.

But before I take a look at the month of May, just let us first look back if the companies of the previous month’s article did what I expected.

 

Johnson & Johnson (JNJ)

On April 26thJNJ announced a 7.1% increase of their quarterly dividend rate, from $0.84 per share to $0.90 per share. For more information about this increase see my post about this dividend increase of JNJ. I love this increase, which is in line with their 10-year average DGR. This increase was a little bit higher than I expected, but hey who is complaining 😉 .

  2018 2017 2016 DGR-10yrs
JNJ 7.1% 5.0 % 6.7% 7.4%

 

Procter & Gamble (PG)

Another Dividend King with now 62 years of uninterrupted dividend increases! On April 10thPG announced a 4.0% increase of their quarterly dividend rate, from $0.6986 per share to $0.7172 per share. For more information about this increase see my post about this dividend increase of PG. This increase is higher than last years increase, and is trending in the right direction again. And again this increase was higher than I expected.

  2018 2017 2016 DGR-10yrs
PG 4.0% 3.0 % 1.0% 2.7%

 

Southern Company (SO)

Southern has, as expected, increased its dividend for the 19th consecutive year. On April 16thSO announced a 3.4% increase of their quarterly dividend rate, from $0.58 per share to $0.60 per share. For more information about this increase see my post about this dividend increase of SO. This increase is in line with their previous increases and I was spot on with my prediction (well done Pollie – *Pat on the back*) 😉

  2018 2017 2016 DGR-10yrs
SO 3.4% 3.5% 3.25 3.7%

 

Unilever (UN.AS)

We all know, Unilever has been under fire in 2017 from investors who tried to buy the company. As a result, the management has announced new plans for the company. These plans will, in their eyes, generate more shareholder value. So my expectation where high for the coming dividend increase. On April 19thUnilever announced an 8.0% increase of their quarterly dividend rate, from $0.3585 per share to $0.3872 per share. For more information about this increase see my post about this dividend increase of Unilever. This was lower than my prediction L. However Unilever also announced a new and big share buy back program. For more information see my post about Unilever’s share buy back.

  2018 2017 2016 DGR-5yrs
UN.AS 8.0% 12% 5.99% 8.9%

 

These were my dividend increase for the month of April. All these nice increases are responsible that my annual dividend will increase with a total of €28.38. What a great number, and this just by doing nothing!

 

Finally

Here are my predictions for the dividend increases I expect in May:

Okay, I can be short about this one; I don’t expect any announcements of dividend increase in May for the companies of my Vrijheid Fonds. And that is why this post is not published at the beginning of May. Lets hope that I will receive some increases in June.

Which dividend increase are you expecting?

I like to hear from you.

Cheers,

Pollie

 

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