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Dividend Challengers (And Near-Challengers): 55 Increases Expected In The Next 11 Weeks

Published Sat, 18 Mar 2017 00:35:28 -0400 on Seeking Alpha

In compiling the Dividend Champions list (found here) I get to see which companies are nearing the anniversaries of their previous dividend increases. Since most of these firms raise their payout about the same time every year, I can say with some confidence that they are likely to do so again. I have separated the Champions (25 or more years of higher dividends), Contenders (10-24 years), and Challengers (5-9 years) into distinct groupings, so please look for the other articles, which I hope will be published about the same time. Note that "CCC" refers to the combination of Champions, Contenders, and Challengers.
Moderation Returns
The past six weeks featured a sharp pick-up in dividend-increase announcements with Ex-Dividend Dates beginning around Groundhog Day, when many companies announce their annual earnings and then schedule the annual shareholder meetings. The torrid pace has now eased considerably, as the number of announcements for all Champions, Contenders, Challengers, and Near-Challengers expected in the next 11 weeks has declined to 85 from 133 a month ago and 186 a month before that, as the busiest season concludes with the end of Winter.
The table below coincides with the usual "forward look" of about 11 weeks for this article. Based on last year's announcements, I'm expecting the following companies to announce dividend increases between now and the anniversary of the Ex-Dividend Date of their previous increase:
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Stock name Last trade   P/E Earnings/Share Dividend/Share Dividend yield
SIGNET JEWELERS 17.36   0.0 -4.20 1.48 8.78
HOSPITALITY PROPERTIES TRUST 25.17   0.0 -1.27 2.16 8.52
SABRA HEALTHCARE REIT 22.49   204.4 0.11 1.80 8.28
INVESCO 17.26   11.8 1.46 1.24 7.28
PETMED EXPRESS 17.96   12.1 1.48 1.08 6.18
STAR GAS PARTNERS LP 9.46   28.7 0.33 0.50 5.29
LYONDELLBASELL INDUSTRIES 83.78   8.8 9.53 4.20 4.94
LAZARD 38.83   12.7 3.06 1.88 4.90
WELLS FARGO 48.65   10.0 4.84 2.04 4.22
KEYCORP 18.03   10.7 1.68 0.74 4.08
AMERICAN CAMPUS COMMUNITIES 47.29   78.8 0.60 1.88 4.05
WEST BANCORP 22.02   13.0 1.70 0.84 3.86
METLIFE 47.87   7.9 6.09 1.76 3.71
HNI CORP 34.03   17.0 2.00 1.22 3.64
STEELCASE 16.64   15.7 1.06 0.58 3.54
PHILLIPS 66 102.19   8.8 11.56 3.60 3.50
WEBSTER FINANCIAL 48.11   11.4 4.22 1.60 3.28
LAKELAND BANCORP 15.85   12.0 1.32 0.50 3.27
MOVADO GROUP 25.08   9.0 2.80 0.80 3.24
WHIRLPOOL 150.83   10.6 14.21 4.80 3.19
STEEL DYNAMICS 31.91   6.9 4.64 0.96 3.12
UNITED FIRE & CASUALTY 46.92   56.5 0.83 1.32 2.89
UDR 48.03   84.3 0.57 1.37 2.86
HERITAGE FINANCIAL 27.55   15.7 1.75 0.76 2.84
CITY HOLDING 77.74   16.6 4.69 2.12 2.82
NORTHFIELD BANCORP 16.10   21.2 0.76 0.44 2.77
GLACIER BANCORP 40.93   17.3 2.36 1.08 2.69
MANPOWER 85.31   10.7 7.96 2.18 2.51
ASPEN INSURANCE 42.74   0.0 -2.98 0.00 2.26
AVERY DENNISON 113.00   41.1 2.75 2.32 2.04
CELANESE 124.20   15.5 8.00 2.48 2.01
OXFORD INDUSTRIES 74.15   17.9 4.15 1.48 1.89
SINCLAIR BROADCAST GROUP 44.27   13.0 3.40 0.80 1.79
AMERICAN WATER WORKS 121.76   37.8 3.22 2.00 1.66
MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL 132.51   32.5 4.08 1.92 1.46
APPLE 223.08   19.0 11.73 3.08 1.42
TRACTOR SUPPLY 99.34   22.1 4.49 1.40 1.32
BARNES GROUP 52.77   18.3 2.88 0.64 1.27
IDEX 169.51   30.5 5.56 2.00 1.20
POOL 191.11   31.4 6.09 2.20 1.17
COMFORT SYSTEMS USA 40.41   14.1 2.87 0.40 0.97
WATTS WATER TECHNOLOGIES 98.56   26.4 3.74 0.92 0.97
AON 189.76   32.4 5.85 1.76 0.94
LITHIA MOTORS 132.78   11.6 11.43 1.20 0.88
WINMARK 170.70   0.0 0.00 1.00 0.60
BANK MUTUAL 10.40   0.0 0.00 0.00 0.00

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