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10 Dividend Stocks With With A 10%+ Dividend Growth Rate

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April 12, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: CL , COP , WMT

The difference between an income investor and a dividend growth investor is time and the understanding of how compound growth works. If you are 67 years old and need income today, you will likely select a different group of stocks than an enlightened 27 year old that doesn’t necessarily need the income today. The 27 year old has the the luxury of time to grow a superior yield, while the 67 year old may be forced to assume additional risk to buy a higher current yield. Here are some of the reasons an investor might forgo current yield in hopes of future gain…

Dividend Growth Provides For Inflation

Inflation is the silent killer for many retirement portfolios. Over time, prices tend to increase. If you rely solely on a portfolio of long-term fixed income securities, you will lose purchasing power each year as inflation robs your portfolio. Dividend growth rates on traditional high-yield stocks (e.g. utilities, REITs, etc.) are often less than inflation. However, most blue-chip dividend growth stocks grow their dividends well in excess of the annual inflation rate.

Dividend Growth Often Provides For Higher Value

The combination of a good starting yield and respectable dividend growth will often provide the investor with greater long-term value when compared to alternatives with higher current yields and lower growth dividend rates. The only way to know for sure is to run the numbers using a model such as my D4L-PreScreen.xls.

Compound Dividend Growth Is Powerful

Compound interest is what occurs when interest previously earned is added to the principle and is considered when calculating future interest – i.e. earning interest on interest. Compound dividends are like compound interest on steroids. Like compound interest, dividends are being reinvested. However, these dividends are growing which provides and added boost.

Conservative View Of Dividend Growth

The dividend growth rate is a key metric in many calculations. As such, I use a conservative estimate as follows: The minimum dividend growth rate of the 1, 3, 5, 7, 10 year compound annual growth rate or 15%, if dividends grew on average in excess of 15% for each consecutive 4 year periods, within the last 10 years of history.

10 Stocks With a 10%+ Dividend Growth Rate

General Dynamics Corp. (GD) | Yield: 2.5% | Growth: 10.1%
General Dynamics is the world’s fifth largest military contractor and also one of the world’s biggest makers of corporate jets. GD is a member of the S&P 500 a member of the Broad Dividend Achievers™ Index. The company has paid a cash dividend to shareholders every year since 1979 and has increased its dividend payments for 19 consecutive years.

Hormel Foods Corp. (HRL) | Yield: 1.9% | Growth: 10.6%
Hormel Foods Corp. company is a leading processor of branded, convenience meat products (primarily pork) for the consumer market. HRL is a member of the S&P 500, a Dividend Aristocrat and a member of the Broad Dividend Achievers™ Index and a Dividend Champion. The company has paid a cash dividend to shareholders every year since 1928 and has increased its dividend payments for 45 consecutive years.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT) | Yield: 2.8% | Growth: 11.0%
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. is the largest retailer in North America, WMT operates a chain of discount department stores, wholesale clubs, and combination discount stores and supermarkets. WMT is a member of the S&P 500, a Dividend Aristocrat and a member of the Broad Dividend Achievers™ Index and a Dividend Champion. The company has paid a cash dividend to shareholders every year since 1973 and has increased its dividend payments for 36 consecutive years.

Colgate-Palmolive Co. (CL) | Yield: 2.9% | Growth: 12.5%
Colgate-Palmolive Company (Colgate) is a major consumer products company that markets oral, personal and household care, and pet nutrition products in more than 200 countries and territories. CL is a member of the S&P 500 and a member of the Broad Dividend Achievers™ Index and a Dividend Champion. The company has paid a cash dividend to shareholders every year since 1895 and has increased its dividend payments for 47 consecutive years.

Owens & Minor Inc. (OMI) | Yield: 2.6% | Growth: 13.2%
Owens & Minor Inc. is a leading domestic distributor of medical and surgical supplies to the acute care market, a health care supply chain management company, and a direct-to-consumer (DTC) supplier of testing and monitoring supplies for diabetes. OMI is a member of the Broad Dividend Achievers™ Index. The company has paid a cash dividend to shareholders every year since 1926 and has increased its dividend payments for 13 consecutive years.

ConocoPhillips (COP) | Yield: 3.3% | Growth: 13.2%
ConocoPhillips Co. is the fourth largest integrated oil company in the world. COP is a member of the S&P 500 a member of the Broad Dividend Achievers™ Index. The company has paid a cash dividend to shareholders every year since 1934 and has increased its dividend payments for 10 consecutive years.

Target Corp. (TGT) | Yield: 2.0% | Growth: 15.5%
Target Corp. operates about 1,500 Target and 250 SuperTarget general merchandise stores across the U.S. TGT is a member of the S&P 500, a Dividend Aristocrat and a member of the Broad Dividend Achievers™ Index and a Dividend Champion. The company has paid a cash dividend to shareholders every year since 1965 and has increased its dividend payments for 43 consecutive years.

Southside Bancshares Inc. (SBSI) | Yield: 3.2% | Growth: 16.6%
Southside Bancshares Inc. primarily provides financial services to individuals, businesses, municipal entities, and non-profit organizations. SBSI is a member of the Broad Dividend Achievers™ Index. The company has paid a cash dividend to shareholders every year since 1969 and has increased its dividend payments for 12 consecutive years.

Walgreen Co. (WAG) | Yield: 1.7% | Growth: 18.5%
Walgreen Co is the largest U.S. retail drug chain in terms of revenues, this company operates more than 8,000 drug stores throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico. WAG is a member of the S&P 500, a Dividend Aristocrat and a member of the Broad Dividend Achievers™ Index and a Dividend Champion. The company has paid a cash dividend to shareholders every year since 1933 and has increased its dividend payments for 36 consecutive years.

Casey’s General Stores Inc. (CASY) | Yield: 1.4% | Growth: 19.8%
Casey’s General Stores Inc. has over 1,500 convenience stores in the Midwest, selling food, beverage, health and automotive products. CASY is a member of the Broad Dividend Achievers™ Index. The company has paid a cash dividend to shareholders every year since 1990 and has increased its dividend payments for 10 consecutive years.

Conclusion

If time is on your side, you should investigate if certain lower yielding stocks with a dividend growth rate fits into your long-term investment strategy. When making this evaluation, it is important to note that the sustainability of the dividend growth rate must be evaluated on a go-forward basis. Like high-yield stocks, there is increasing risk as the dividend growth rises.

Full Disclosure: Long GD, WMT, CL, OMI, COP. See a list of all my income holdings here.

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