Every month, I report dividend adjustments to stocks in my watch list. I compile information from a screening feature available to subscribers at Dividend.com. In addition to monitoring changes that might influence my assessment of a stock's attractiveness, I do this to keep track of yield on cost (YoC) for stocks I own.
As announced last time, I'm increasing the frequency of my posts reporting dividend adjustments. I'll be posting these twice a month, mid-month and end-of-month. Doing so reduces the time I spend compiling each post and provides the information in a more timely fashion.
The following table provides a summary of recent dividend increases for stocks in my watch list, sorted by the last column, %Increase. Dividend amounts are annualized.
Dividend Increases: Dec 1 - Dec 15, 2013
|Helmerich & Payne, Inc.||HP||79.52||2.00||2.50||3.14%||+25.00|
|The Hanover Insurance Group, Inc.||THG||58.59||1.32||1.48||2.53%||+12.12|
|OGE Energy Corp.||OGE||33.51||0.84||0.90||2.69%||+7.78|
|Erie Indemnity Company||ERIE||70.28||2.37||2.54||3.61%||+7.17|
|W.P. Carey Inc.||WPC||60.96||3.44||3.48||5.71%||+1.16|
|Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Corp.||NTT||26.08||0.82||0.77||2.97%||-5.41|
Stocks I own in DivGro are highlighted.
ACE's dividend increase of 23.53% raises current yield to 2.54%. The next quarterly dividend of 63c per share will be payed on January 31 to shareholders of record on January 13. I bought ACE after this dividend increase was announced, so my yield on cost is not affected.
NTT is a semi-annual dividend payer with a pattern of paying one smaller and one larger dividend every calendar year. The pattern of payments since 2009 looks like this:
($0.29 $0.34) ($0.34 $0.36) ($0.37 $0.45) ($0.44 $0.49) ($0.41 $0.39)From the last two dividend payments, it looks like NTT has reduced its annual dividend over last year. However, the reason is that NTT pays dividends in yen. Looking at dividend payments in yen, the pattern since 2009 looks like this:
( ¥55 ¥60 ) ( ¥60 ¥60 ) ( ¥60 ¥70 ) ( ¥70 ¥80 ) ( ¥80 ¥80 )The reason, of course, is the impact of the currency exchange rate on dividend payments in dollars, as illustrated in the following chart from Yahoo! Finance:
I'll keep my shares of NTT despite the effective decrease in dividend payments. Of course, should NTT fail to increase its dividend payments in future (in yen terms), I'll reconsider.