Starting 2020 with 43% YoY Dividend Growth

January is already in the books, folks. The dividend investing community collected their dividends of the first month of 2020. We’re all curious how things turned out and excited to write about our progress towards financial independence. Some dividend investors have already reported excellent growth numbers and new records. My dividend growth numbers YoY were staggering as I got paid $1,200 more in 2019 in comparison with 2018. Let’s see what my numbers are for January.

The Numbers

My total dividend income for January was $310.16. In this month I got several raises as compared to the dividend amounts in October 2019. There were also higher dividends, because I increased several positions during the last months of 2019. You can see the dividend growth numbers QoQ and YoY right below:

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This makes the total amount of dividend income for January $310.16, meaning we crushed the number of $300 with a solid YoY dividend growth of 43%. That’s a pretty good start of the year! The $300 in monthly dividend income seems to become a new baseline for 2020 after last year’s August ($331.12) and November ($353.43). I also like the double digit growth number of 43%. You can see that the QoQ increase is a small 9%. I’m working on this with my plan to buy high-growth dividend stocks in 2020. Here is the graph YTD:

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You can see I’ve come from less than $50 exactly three years ago to more than $300 as it stands today. That already looks like a track record of a quickly and steadily growing passive income. Sometimes I get impatient as I want the dividend amounts to grow faster and more meaningful in terms of absolute numbers. But I guess on a relative basis I should be more than confident. It’s good to look back every now and then to see the real change and accomplished steps as I tend to look beyond the small, incremental changes QoQ.

Transactions during January

The oil behemoths have been in the news lately after a sell-off in their shares due to disappointing Q3 numbers and consequences of the expanded spread of the coronavirus. The oil price of a barrel WTI or Brent has dropped with as much as 20% since the beginning of the year. The volatile stock prices of Chevron (CVX), Royal Dutch Shell (RDS), ExxonMobil (XOM) isn’t likely to be only a short-term event as LNG exports from the U.S. are uneconomical at these price levels. Many exporters have contracts at fixed, higher prices. Only a steep and long production cut could drive the oil price upwards, but that would lead almost certainly to a public reaction by the U.S. government adding more uncertainties to this market. With all these headwinds I’ll keep a close eye on the big oil players.

I already took advantage of the market volatility this month by buying 19 shares of ExxonMobil (XOM) for a price of $64.65. With this buy I added an extra $66.12 to my annual dividend income. The quarterly dividend is paid in the last month of every quarter which means a small boost of $16.53 in my lower dividend income months. I currently own 76 stocks for an average price of $74.21.

Looking Forward

My total dividend income YTD is, obviously, $310.16. Going forward, the key is to save as much as I can and make smart, sound investments based on cheapness and quality. Consistently, month after month, keeping the big picture in mind.

Thanks for reading.

Happy investing!

December, A 45% Growth YoY In Dividend Income To End 2019

With this blog post about my dividend income for December an amazing year of progress to financial independence comes to an end. It’s getting more excited each and every year. I will write a separate blog post about the year 2019 and my goals for 2020.

Income numbers December

The amount of dividend income for month 2019/12 was $191.35. Three companies paid me more than last quarter as a consequence of a raise or larger position. Here’s the breakdown:

Bank of America (BAC) – $7.02

BlackRock (BLK) – $13.20

Cummins (CMI) – $13.11

Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) – $7.60

3M (MMM) – $41.76

Norfolk Southern (NSC) – $5.64

Realty Income (O) – $3.86

Southern Company (SO) – $21.70

Stanley Black & Decker (SWK) – $8.28

Union Pacific (UNP) – $5.82

Wells Fargo (WFC) – $13.77

Exxon Mobil (XOM) – $49.59

Progress

My passive income for the month of September 2019 was $192.92 That means a decrease of 1% QoQ; The progress YoY is more meaningful; my dividend income for December last year was $131.95 so that’s an awesome increase of 45% YoY. Let’s look at the graph YTD:

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Buys In December

During this month I bought 20 shares of Simon Property Group (SPG) for a price of $145.98. You can read more about this purchase in this article. It still trades at an attractive valuation with a P/AFFO of 13.5 and a dividend yield of 5.78%.

Dividend Income FY 2019

Including this month I collected a nice FY $2,961.57. This means I closed this year with an increase of 65% YoY. WOW!

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Happy investing!

The Latest Addition To My Dividend Growth Stock Portfolio

Last week I finally initiated a position in Simon Property Group (SPG). I’ve been watching this high-quality REIT closely but preferred to buy stocks of other companies during the last two years. Finally, it all came together: money burning in my pocket and pressure on SPG’s stock price which resulted in a high dividend yield and a compellingly attractive valuation. I think this is one of the only few low-risk, high-yield investment opportunities at the moment as the U.S. stock market continues to hit all-time highs.

The Business Sector

Sometimes a whole business sector faces challenges whether it’s a compliance issue, technological developments or fundamental questions about the business model. Some think this is the case with traditional retail. I don’t think a retail apocalypse is at hand and fears are overblown. Some REIT’s will just have a difficult time with struggling or bankrupt tenants and may cut their dividend because of a declining occupancy rate and their (increasing) debt load.

Why SPG Stands Out From The Rest

In their 2018 annual report we can read about their astounishing accomplishments:

“Through disciplined execution, our strategy has resulted in industry-leading results, year in and year out. Our Company has achieved growth and scale that few could have imagined possible and the following are just some of the impressive numbers to report over the last 25 years:
• Our annual funds from operations (“FFO”), an important industry measure, has grown from $150 million at the time of our IPO to more than $4.3 billion in 2018.
• We have increased the Company’s annual FFO generation by more than twenty- five times since our IPO.
• Total consolidated revenue has increased more than thirteen times from $424 million to approximately $5.7 billion.
• The gross market value of our portfolio has increased from $3.5 billion to more than $90 billion.
• From our IPO through year- end 2018, ownership of Simon Property Group (SPG) common stock provided a total return to shareholders of more than 2,750%, or a compound annual return of more than 14% compared to the S&P 500 compound annual return of 9% over the same period.”

Past results and averages are not the same as what the company will earn on the next dollar of capital it puts into the business. But it can be used as a guide especially for high-quality businesses or businesses run by high-quality management. Therefor I’m not too worried about the challenges of SPG. They’re able to gradually refinance their debt whether a recession sets in or not. And at low interest rates, because SPG is a S&P 500 A-rated company. They also have a very strong balance sheet with $7 billion in low-cost liquidity and $1.5 billion in retained cash flow. This gives SPG the ability to continuously invest in and improve their real estate portfolio, repay their debt, increase their dividend or even buyback shares. I believe the stock price has significantly come down without any real news with respect to the underlying business.

The Transaction

I bought 20 pieces of SPG at a price of $145.98. This means a P/AFFO slightly above 13. Their normal P/AFFO Ratio over 10 and 5 years is more or less 19. So I’m good on the valuation side. With purchasing SPG at this price I get a dividend yield of 5.75%. Their latest dividend raise was a small 2.4% from $2.05 to $2.10. SPG tends to increase their dividend twice a year.

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Their longer term dividend growth rate averages out to 10%. That’s very impressive! Their AFFO dividend payout ratio has only slightly increased from 67% to 72% over that same time frame. We can therefor conclude that the dividend is safely covered with funds from operations. During the Great Recession SPG lowered its dividend in 2009 and 2010 though. But over the last 10 years they’ve already managed to acquire the status of a Dividend Contender again. This shows what a quality business this is.

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There’s a fascinating text in the 2018 annual report of SPG about their dividend history. “We have paid more than $28 billion in dividends over our 25-year history as a public company, and at our current dividend rate, by the second quarter of 2019, we will have cumulatively paid more than $100.00 per share in dividends since our IPO. Especially considering that our IPO price was $22.25 per share—WOW!” That just sums it all up: WOW!

SPG is a high-quality REIT with a dividend yield of 5.75%, a payout ratio of 72% and a fortress-like balance sheet. With this buy I added $42 to my quarterly dividend income, which totals up to a FY $168. I’m very content with this new position. What’s not to like?

What did you buy lately? Please feel free to comment.

Happy investing!

 

 

September Dividend Income: It Used To Be A Low-Growth Month. But Now +57% YoY!!!

The third quarter is in the books, folks. Time flies when you’re having fun. And while having fun, the compounding effect of investing and reinvesting our increasing dividends is getting bigger and bigger. That’s the real beauty of the dividend investing strategy. It will take care of itself, if and only if we select high-quality businesses. But how do we know whether a company is a high-quality business or not? Well, in 90% of the cases a 50-year streak of paying increasing dividends is a pretty good indicator to start with. It’s as simple as that. Let’s see how September worked out for me.

Income Numbers

The amount of dividend income for month 2019/09 was $153.28. In this month I got raises in dividend income from Bank of America (BAC), Cummins (CMI), Norfolk Southern (NSC), Realty Income (O), Stanley Black & Decker (SWK) and Union Pacific (UNP). That’s quite a list, don’t you think? I also got my first payment by Wells Fargo (WFC).

BAC paid me 30% more than three months ago. Wow! The payment by CMI was 15% higher in comparison with June this year. NSC gave me an extra 9.30% this month. O rewarded me with the traditional, but still very welcome small hike of 0.2%, whereas SWK increased their dividend with 4.5%. This month also included the second dividend raise by UNP, a nice 10.1% increase. A very good month, imho.

Breakdown of Dividend Income

My dividend income of $192.92 for this month was generated by:

Bank of America (BAC) – $7.02

BlackRock (BLK) – $13.20

Cummins (CMI) – $13.11

Emerson Electric (EMR) – $4.90

3M (MMM) – $37.44

Norfolk Southern (NSC) – $5.64

Realty Income (O) – $3.85

PepsiCo (PEP) – $8.60

Southern Company (SO) – $21.70

Stanley Black & Decker (SWK) – $8.28

Union Pacific (UNP) – $5.82

Wells Fargo (WFC) – $13.77

Exxon Mobil (XOM) – $49.59

Progress

My passive income for the month of June 2019 was $192.92. That means an increase of 26% QoQ; that’s pretty significant for my lowest month of every quarter. This month is now really getting somewhere. The progress YoY is even more meaningful; my dividend income for September last year was $122.98. So that’s an awesome increase of 57% YoY. ME LIKE! Let’s look at the graph YTD:

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Buys In September

During this month I bought 9 shares of Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) for a price of $128.22. You can read more about this purchase in my previous article. It still trades at an attractive valuation with a P/E of 15 and a dividend yield of 2.90%.

Dividend Income YTD 2019

Including this month I collected a nice $2,131.25 YTD. My total dividend income in 2018 was $1,793.09. It looks like I’m going to close the year with a FY dividend income just shy of $3,000. Too bad I won’t cross that mark. I really like passing those psychological meaningful round numbers. But that would still imply an increase in FY dividend income of 65% YoY. I could live with that. 😎

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Happy investing!

June – A Month Of Increasing Growth Numbers

The first six months of 2019 are already behind us. This gives me a nice opportunity to stand still for a moment and consider the progress made so far in 2019. Some things come to my mind:

1. A broader diversification in business sectors / industries as I put more money in the healthcare sector: Abbvie (ABBV) and CVS Caremark (CVS). In 2019, I would love to add Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) to these two names.

2. Averaging down on several existing positions thereby increasing my yield on cost and lowering my average buy price for 3M (MMM), Abbvie (ABBV), Altria (MO), CVS Caremark (CVS) and Philip Morris (PM).

Not bad, it seems. I still have some work to do to balance my portfolio. Fortunately, opportunities will continue to come by in and beyond 2019. Think of market uncertainties regarding a trade deal between USA and China, a looming Brexit in October and continued talks about the chances of an economic recession in 2020. These uncertainties will lead to enough opportunities to buy wonderful stocks at low or reasonable valuations. But for now, let’s see how June turned out to be.

Income Numbers

The amount of dividend income for month 2019/06 was $153.28. In this month I got raises in dividend income from Realty Income (O), PepsiCo (PEP), Southern Company (SO) and Exxon Mobil (XOM) as compared to the dividend payment three months ago.

O paid me a penny more than three months ago; slowly,  but surely. The payment by PEP was a small, but nice 3% higher in comparison with March. SO rewarded me with a 3.3% quarterly dividend hike. This month also included a higher dividend payment by XOM, a nice 6.1% increase.

My dividend income of $153.28 for this month was generated by:

Bank of America (BAC) – $5.85

BlackRock (BLK) – $13.20

Cummins (CMI) – $11.40

Emerson Electric (EMR) – $4.90

3M (MMM) – $15.84

Norfolk Southern (NSC) – $5.16

Realty Income (O) – $3.84

PepsiCo (PEP) – $8.60

Southern Company (SO) – $21.70

Stanley Black & Decker (SWK) – $7.92

Union Pacific (UNP) – $5.28

Exxon Mobil (XOM) – $49.59

Breakdown of Dividend Income

My passive income for the month of March 2019 was $141.68. That means an increase of 8% QoQ; not that great, but at least my income for my lagging third month of a quarter is rising. The progress YoY is more meaningful; my dividend income for June last year was $127.27. So that’s an increase of 20% YoY. I love double digits! This comes down to the next graph:

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Buys In June

During this month I bought me two chunks of Abbvie (ABBV): 8 stocks for a price of $75.90 and 16 shares for the trading price of $67.25. I also initiated a position in a new REIT: Iron Mountain (IRM). This one has been on my radar for a while. I finally bought 18 stocks for $31.40. In total these three buys added $146.64 to my dividend income on a yearly basis.

Dividend Income YTD 2019

Including this month I collected a nice $1,332.20 YTD. My total dividend income in 2018 was $1,793.09. It looks like I’m going to hit a FY dividend income of $3,000. Sweet!

Come What May… A 90% Increase & A Record High 🥂

The month of May. Well, it wasn’t exactly the month of Theresa May. To say the least… But May was certainly a good month for me. Last month I wrote that a monthly dividend income higher than $200 seemed to be the new normal. In fact, I hope to touch the amount of $300 any time soon. That would be a huge milestone for me; just steamrolling forward 💪

Income numbers

For this month my total amount of dividend income was $291.38. As I wrote a record high and the fourth month in 2019 above the $200 threshold. Crossing the $300 barrier is well within reach, hopefully in August. I already notice the snowball effect taking place; every month I have more money to invest, because of the increasing number of stocks and higher dividend amounts per share.

Three companies paid me more than last quarter as a consequence of a raise. Apple (AAPL) increased its quarterly dividend from $0.73/share to $0.77/share, representing a 5.5% annual dividend increase. May included the first payment of $0.77/share. Good ol’ Realty Income (O) paid me $3.84, just a penny more than in February. Tanger Factory Outlets (SKT) paid me $0.355/share, which comes down to a 1.4% increase from prior dividend of $0.35. Delta Airlines (DAL) switched their month of pay date so that’s a bit of a cheat. They paid me $8.05 for this quarter.

The only business paying me more than a quarter ago because of a bigger position was CVS Caremark (CVS) which paid $17.00 (instead of $6.00). Here’s the breakdown:

Apple (AAPL) – $16.94

Abbvie (ABBV) – $18.19

CVS Caremark (CVS) – $17.00

Delta Airlines (DAL) – $8.05

Realty Income (O) – $3.84

Omega Healthcare (OHI) – $66.00

Starbucks (SBUX) – $16.92

Tanger Factory Outlets (SKT) – $51.83

AT&T (T) – $85.68

Texas Instruments (TXN) – $6.93

This makes the total amount of dividend income for this month a nice $291.38. My dividend income in February 2019 was $270.71 so that’s a small increase of 8% QoQ. My passive income for May 2018 was $153.68 so that’s an increase of 90% YoY. This means another high double-digit growth number, I love it! Here is the graph that shows all monthly dividends YTD as compared to last year:

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Transactions during May

I bought 22 stocks of 3M (MMM) in only two weeks. I like this company very much; they have a streak of 61 years increasing their dividends. Including this transaction I now own 26 stocks for an average price of $172.44. My first stocks were bought at a price slightly above $192. I added to my small position in four different chunks:

9F141247-4E21-4C3A-8D08-892667F1DFA4Looking Forward

This is my fourth month with a dividend income above $200. And I’m already on my way to realize the target of getting my first dividend income of $300+ in 2019.

My stake in the tobacco industry has come under pressure again after Nielsen tracking data indicated that cigarette industry volume fell 11.2% in the 4-week period ending on May 18 to mark a deceleration from the -9.5% 12-week pace, according to Wells Fargo. Not a good sign, but I’m sure MO and PM will prosper eventually. MO looks very attractive again at these price levels.

I earned $1,178.93 in dividend income YTD. That’s a big number, imho. I collected this income number three months earlier than in 2018.

Please let me know which stocks you bought. Did you buy 3M (MMM)? Was May a good month in terms of dividend income numbers?

Thanks for reading.

The Snowball Keeps Rolling – April 2019 Dividend Growth of 92% YoY $$$

63C38821-0343-4305-A892-C5A2455C4134We’ve closed the first quarter of 2019. I’ve managed to update my blog the last weeks so I’m happy to write about the income numbers for April. The first quarter was very encouraging as growth rates went through the roof. I’m very curious for my progress in dividend numbers YoY and QoQ in April. The first month of each quarter has always been a strong month for me in terms of absolute numbers, but also percentage-wise. I’m very excited about several new positions so let’s find out whether these new stakes contributed to my dividend income in April.

The Numbers

My dividend income for 2019/04 was $258.53. In this month I got several raises as compared to the dividend payment three months ago. This month included another small dividend increase from Realty Income (O). April included my first dividend income from my new position in JP Morgan (JPM), $4.80 to be exactly. Also Leggett & Platt (LEG) contributed a very welcome $7.98. I bought “alotta” shares of Altria (MO) and Philip Morris (PM) during the end of 2018 which resulted in a dividend of $69.60 and $30.78 respectively. This sums up to:

Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS) – $29.07

Illinois Tool Works (ITW) – $6.00

JP Morgan (JPM) – $4.80

Kimco Realty (KIM) – $70.00

Leggett & Platt (LEG) – $7.98

Altria (MO) – $69.60

Realty Income (O) – $3.84

Philip Morris (PM) – $30.78

Ventas (VTR) – $36.46

This makes the total amount of dividend income for this month a nice $258.53. My dividend income for January 2019 was $216.63 so that’s an increase of a nice 19% QoQ. My passive income for the month of April in 2018 was $134.50 so that’s an increase of 92% YoY. That’s quite a growth rate! Here is the graph YTD:

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Transactions during April

I bought 12 stocks of Abbvie (ABBV) for a price of $78.94. I like this stock for a market price below $80. Including this transaction I now own 29 stocks for an average price of $83.37. My first stocks were bought at a price around $92. That’s a nice 10% decrease by averaging down. I also bought my first 4 stocks of 3M (MMM) for a price of $192.14 after the big drop in price following its earnings report. At this price I still bought it at a P/E of 20 which is on the high side. Hopefully the price keeps swinging up and down the coming months so I can add to this position at an even more attractive valuation number.

Looking Forward

Another month above the $200 is in the books. I love this new normal. The focus on diversification seems to pay off. I’m less dependent of a small number of companies, especially REIT’s and the average dividend growth rate is increasing step by step.

CVS Caremark (CVS) was up 5% after their earnings report this week. The company is doing fine and the integration of Aetna seems to go smoothly. I increased my position in this company like many other members of the dividend investing community. Keeping a long-term focus is so important.

My stake in the tobacco industry has risen nicely with my buys in December and January. The FDA recently authorized the sale of the IQOS heated tobacco system in the U.S. market so that’s very beneficial for Altria (MO).

Please let me know which stocks you bought and whether April was a good month in terms of dividend income numbers. Thanks for reading.

Happy investing!

December 2018 – Again a month of growth, 12% YoY

I’m late with writing about my progress in dividend income. It’s already April 2019 and the last month I wrote about was November 2018. That seems like ages ago. My private life has been more turbulent so far than during 2018. But I do love writing about this stuff, so I’m eager to keep blogging. Anyway, today I’m writing about my progress in building up a dividend income during the month of December. It’s always nice to close a year of hard work and investing to see where we stand on our path to financial independence and early retirement. So, let’s hit it!

Income Numbers

The amount of dividend income for month 2018/12 was $131.95. In this month I got one small raise in dividend income from Realty Income (O) as compared to the dividend payment three months ago. “Slowly but surely” seems to sum this up pretty well. This was the only raise I got. So, to be honest, that’s a bit disappointing. But this month included my first dividend income by the companies Blackrock (BLK) and Stanley Black & Decker (SWK). I initiated a small position during the last months of 2018 and would love to build a bigger position. Hopefully, Mr. Market will freak out again because of growing market uncertainties like Brexit, trade wars between the USA, EU and China and signs of a coming recession. So my dividend income for the month of December was generated by:

Bank of America (BAC) – $5.85

Blackrock (BLK) – $9.39

Cummins (CMI) – $11.40

Emerson Electric (EMR) – $4.90

General Motors (GM) – $26.98

Norfolk Southern (NSC) – $4.80

Realty Income (O) – $3.75

Southern Company (SO) – $21.00

Stanley Black & Decker (SWK) – $7.92

Union Pacific (UNP) – $4.80

Exxon Mobil (XOM) – $31.16

Breakdown of Dividend Income YoY

My passive income in the month of December last year was $125.21 so that’s an increase of 5%. That’s on the low side for me, but this month has been lagging behind for a while now. The progress QoQ was a bit higher, just 7%.

The dividend income for the month of December leads to the next graph:

Transactions in December

I decided to sell my full position in General Motors (GM), because the dividend hadn’t been raised for a couple of years. I believe it’s still a good value play. But when stock prices declined so rapidly in December I decided to buy other stocks with this money. Here’s what I bought:

Looking Forward

In order to raise my dividend income for this month going forward I selected the companies Boeing (BA), Home Depot (HD), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Lockheed Martin (LMT), 3M (MMM) and Visa (V). They’re all on my watchlist “2019” and my watchlist “buys during the next recession”. Some of these candidates would also give me exposure to new industries and increase my weighted dividend growth rate. Lovely.

Dividend Income FY2018

With the month of December I collected a nice $1,793.09 during 2018. My total dividend income in 2017 was $827.81. That’s an increase of just less than 119%. Wow! Rock solid! This is very encouraging. And we’re already on our way for 2019. The increase in terms of percentages will decline with time, but the increae in dollar amounts will get larger and larger. Just as Sam Cooke sang in 1964, “Ain’t that good news?” 👍