Illinois Tool Works Inc. (ITW) manufactures various industrial products and equipment worldwide. The company is a member of the dividend aristocrats index, has paid dividends since 1933 and increased them for 49 years in a row. The company’s last dividend increase was in July 2012 when the Board of Directors approved an 6% increase to 38 cents/share. The company’s largest competitors include General Electric (GE), Cooper Industries (CBE) and Manitowoc (MTW). Over the past decade this dividend growth stock has delivered an annualized total return of 7.40% to its shareholders.
dividend payment has increased by 12.90% per year over the past decade, which is slightlyhigher than to the growth in EPS.
dividend payment doubling every five and a half years. If we look at historical data, going as far back as 1990 we see that Illinois Tool Works has actually managed to double its dividend every five years on average. The dividend payout ratio has remained around 30% over the past decade, with the exception of a brief spike between 2008 – 2010 due to the recession. A lower payout is always a plus, since it leaves room for consistent dividend growth minimizing the impact of short-term fluctuations in earnings.
is attractively valued at 12 times earnings, has an adequately covered dividend and yields 2.70%. I would consider adding to my position in the stock subject to availability of funds.
Full Disclosure: Long ITW
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