Monday, September 11, 2017

10 Stocks That Have Paid Uninterrupted Dividends Since 1895

Over the last several years some companies have chosen to not raise their dividend, while others decided to cut their dividend and a few even decided to stop paying a dividend. In some cases their financials did not warrant the change. As investors in dividend growth stocks, we want to look for companies with a positive dividend culture.

The key to successfully selecting dividend growth stocks is the ability to identify companies that will not only maintain but grow their dividend. Often it can be boiled down to a simple question: "How committed is the company to paying its dividend?"

This week week, I screened my dividend growth stocks database for companies that a long-standing pro-dividend culture, exhibited by:

- Paying an uninterrupted dividend more than 120 years
- Increased their dividend for at least the last 10 years

They are presented here in ascending rank of how long they have paid a dividend, included also is the first year the dividend was paid:

Colgate-Palmolive Company (CL) is a major consumer products company that markets oral, personal and household care and pet nutrition products in more than 200 countries and territories.
Yield: 2.2% | Dividend Paid Since: 1895

The Coca-Cola Company (KO) is the world's largest soft drink company, and also has a sizable fruit juice business.
Yield: 3.2% | Dividend Paid Since: 1893

The Procter & Gamble Company (PG) is a leading consumer products company that markets household and personal care products in more than 180 countries.
Yield: 3.0% | Dividend Paid Since: 1891

Johnson Controls Inc. (JCI) supplies building controls and energy management systems, automotive seating, and batteries.
Yield: 2.5% | Dividend Paid Since: 1887

Consolidated Edison, Inc. (ED) is an electric and gas utility holding company serves parts of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Yield: 3.3% | Dividend Paid Since: 1885

UGI Corp. (UGI) operates propane distribution, gas and electric utility, energy marketing and related businesses through subsidiaries.
Yield: 2.0% | Dividend Paid Since: 1885

Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM), formed through the merger of Exxon and Mobil in late 1999, is the world's largest publicly owned integrated oil company.
Yield: 2.8% | Dividend Paid Since: 1882

Stanley Black & Decker Inc. (SWK) is a diversified global provider of hand tools, power tools and related accessories and systems resulted from the March 2010 merger of Stanley Works and Black & Decker.
Yield: 1.8% | Dividend Paid Since: 1877

WGL Holdings Inc. (WGL) provides natural gas service in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area and surrounding regions, including Maryland and Virginia.
Yield: 2.4% | Dividend Paid Since: 1852

The York Water Co. (YORW) impounds, purifies and distributes water in York County and Adams County, Pennsylvania.
Yield: 2.0% | Dividend Paid Since: 1816

As with past screens, the data presented above is in its raw form. Some of the the companies would be disqualified for poor dividend fundamentals. However some of the others may be worth additional due diligence.

My database, D4L-Data, is an Open Office spreadsheet containing more than 20 columns of information on the 200+ companies that I track. The data is sortable and has built-in buttons and macros to make it easy to use. Companies included in the list are those that have had a history of dividend growth. The D4L-Data spreadsheet is a part of D4L-Premium Services and is updated each Saturday for subscribers.

Full Disclosure: Long CL, KO, PG, ED, XOM. See a list of all my Dividend Growth Portfolio holdings here.

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