Top Dividend Raises & Cuts for January 2017

Dividend growth investing is a popular model followed by the investing community to build assets. Companies which not only pay dividends, but raise them year after year have been shown to perform better overall for investor returns. On the flip side, it is also important to keep an eye on the dividend cuts, which could signal troubling times ahead for a company. This post captures the announcements of changes in dividend amount for the week – both increases and cuts.

Note that only $2B+ (Midcap+) companies are included in this list.

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Dividend Raises & Cuts for December 2016

Dividend growth investing is a popular model followed by the investing community to build assets. Companies which not only pay dividends, but raise them year after year have been shown to perform better overall for investor returns. On the flip side, it is also important to keep an eye on the dividend cuts, which could signal troubling times ahead for a company. This post captures the announcements of changes in dividend amount for the week – both increases and cuts.

Note that only $2B+ (Midcap+) companies are included in this list.

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Dividend Raises & Cuts for November 2016

Dividend growth investing is a popular model followed by the investing community to build assets. Companies which not only pay dividends, but raise them year after year have been shown to perform better overall for investor returns. On the flip side, it is also important to keep an eye on the dividend cuts, which could signal troubling times ahead for a company. This post captures the announcements of changes in dividend amount for the week – both increases and cuts.

Note that only $2B+ (Midcap+) companies are included in this list.

Recent Dividend Increases

DivGrowthInfo The birth of our baby girl has kept me busy over the past few weeks. As such, I missed capturing the dividend increase announcements. Instead of posting each increase separately, I will capture the increase announcements in a single post here – for the sake of easier documentation.

On April 26, 2016 Wells Fargo & Co (WFC) announced a 1.33% dividend raise. The quarterly dividend increases from $0.375 to $0.38. The new dividend amount is payable Jun 1, 2016 to shareholders on record on May 6, 2016.

On April 26, 2016 Apple Inc (AAPL) announced a 9.62% dividend raise. The quarterly dividend increases from $0.52 to $0.57. The new dividend amount is payable May 12, 2016 to shareholders on record on May 9, 2016.

On April 27, 2016 The Jean Coutu Group (PJC.A.TO) announced a 9.09% dividend raise. The quarterly dividend increases from C$0.11 to C$0.12. The new dividend is payable May 27, 2016 to shareholders on record on May 13, 2016.

On April 28, 2016 Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) announced a 6.67% dividend raise. The quarterly dividend increases from $0.75 to $0.80. The new dividend amount is payable Jun 7, 2016 to shareholders on record on May 24, 2016.

On May 3, 2016 Cineplex Inc (CGX.TO) announced a 3.85% dividend raise. The monthly dividend increases from C$0.13 to C$0.135. The new dividend is effective May and will be paid in June 2016.

On May 12, 2016 Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp (AQN.TO) announced a 9.97% dividend raise. The quarterly dividend increases from US$0.0963 to C$0.1059. The new dividend is payable Jul 15, 2016 to shareholders on record on Jun 30, 2016.

On May 13, 2016 Power Corporation of Canada (POW.TO) announced a 7.63% dividend raise. The quarterly dividend increases from C$0.31125 to C$0.3350. The new dividend is payable Jun 30, 2016 to shareholders on record on Jun 9, 2016.

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Full Disclosure: Long all stocks mentioned above.

Bank of Nova Scotia Dividend Increase

Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS) announced a dividend increase of 2.86%. The quarterly dividend increases from C$0.70 to C$0.72 per share and payable on Apr 27, 2016, to shareholders of record at the close of business on Apr 5, 2016.

Bank of Nova Scotia is a Dividend Challenger and this is the 6th consecutive dividend increase from the company. The annual dividend amount increases from C$2.80 to C$2.88. Yield going forward is 5.26%.

From the earnings release statement:

“We delivered strong earnings to start 2016 with solid top line growth in both our Canadian Banking and our International Banking businesses,” said Brian Porter, President and CEO at Scotiabank. “The Bank’s diversified business model has delivered growth despite continued volatility in the markets and some moderation in select areas of our operations.”

“Canadian Banking’s focus on growing and deepening customer relationships continued to drive higher year-over-year earnings. These efforts resulted in strong volume growth in targeted areas across both retail and commercial loans and deposits, which improved our business mix and resulted in a 19 basis point increase in the net interest margin this quarter.”

“International Banking’s strong performance continued in the first quarter of 2016, with good year-over-year growth. The Pacific Alliance countries of Mexico, Peru, Chile and Colombia continued to deliver robust loan, deposit and fee growth – and we continue to see great potential in these markets.”

“The Bank’s Common Equity Tier 1 capital ratio remains strong at 10.1%. We increased our quarterly dividend 2 cents to 72 cents per share – 6% higher than a year ago.”

“We remain focused on building an even better Bank. With a strong team in place, we are executing against a strategy that will drive value for shareholders.”

Our portfolio consists of 45 shares of BNS, which increases our annual dividends from C$126.00 to C$129.60, an increase of C$3.6.