The Board of Directors of Lazard Global Total Return and Income Fund, Inc. (the “Fund”) (NYSE: LGI) has authorized the Fund to declare today, pursuant to a level distribution policy, a monthly distribution of $0.08183 per share on the Fund’s outstanding common stock. The distribution is payable on November 22, 2017 to shareholders of record on November 13, 2017. The ex-dividend date is November 10, 2017.... more
Many dividend growth investors do not hold cash or gold because neither produces much income. I explore a couple of ways to get some cash flow from gold.
What's the problem with holding cash, cash equivalents, or gold for a DG investor? I think just about every investor is familiar with the concept that when an asset class like stocks are trading at high valuations, an investor can sell to capture that high valuation and keep the proceeds in cash or some other stable store of value, gold for instance, and wait for valuations to be more reasonable.
The problem for dividend growth investors and even just income investors is that cash or gold generate little or no income. So by sitting on the sidelines the investor is missing out on dividends that would otherwise be collected.... more
L3 Technologies (NYSE: LLL) announced today that its Board of Directors has declared the company’s regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.75 per share payable on December 15, 2017 to shareholders of record at the close of business on November 17, 2017.... more
Omega Healthcare Investors (NYSE: OHI), a quality triple-net equity REIT, is going ex-dividend over the next fortnight on October 30. Omega delivers clockwork-like dividend growth backed by strong and rising cash flows in an attractive industry (for the long term).
Source: Omega Healthcare Investors, all courtesy remains
Dividend investors seeking to optimize income from their investments should look at ex-dividend dates and time their purchases accordingly.
Timing the market is difficult. Timing to maximize income from dividends, however, is much simpler. Buying a stock before the ex-dividend date qualifies you for the next upcoming dividend payment, whereas foregoing the next ex-dividend date should in theory give you a better entry price point as the stock is... more
The purpose of this article is to review my investing progress in the third quarter of 2017. I follow a value-oriented dividend growth investing strategy that involves buying attractively valued stocks of companies that consistently pay and grow their dividends. I have two complementary long-term investing goals:
Build a sustainable and rising dividend income stream that beats inflation. Preserve and grow my capital by attaining a satisfactory total return on my investments. In this article, I will provide an update on my progress toward achieving these goals since my previous review. As always, I will be presenting real results from a real portfolio involving real money.
Input To The Machine
New capital represents the input to my dividend growth machine and... more
The Board of Directors at McDonald's (NYSE: MCD) made a strong statement about the future direction of McDonald's earnings by announcing the most robust dividend growth in years. The resurgence of McDonald's is no fluke. On the net profit margin metric McDonald's is more profitable than Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL). In this article, we will be looking at the steps McDonald's has taken to become a high-profit machine.
The kind of dividend dreams are made of McDonald's is by far the King of Restaurants with a market capitalization of nearly $128 billion. The market caps of Restaurants Brands International (NYSE: QSR) (owner of Burger King) and Wendy's (NYSE: WEN) stand at $30 billion and $4 billion, respectively. In McDonald's top five markets (U.S., France,... more
Disney (DIS), Lowe’s (LOW) and Apple (AAPL) are three stocks I like for the remaining two and half months of 2017 (and beyond). Each company deserves a spot in a dividend growth investors portfolio, as each has the potential to continue growing dividends in the near future. We will discuss potential tailwinds and headwinds for that matter that each company faces in the near term and also discuss why I like each going forward.
The Walt Disney Company The Walt Disney Company is an entertainment company. The Company operates in four business segments: Media Networks, Parks and Resorts, Studio Entertainment, and Consumer Products & Interactive Media. Since late April, when the stock hit its 52-week high of $116, the stock has been in a downtrend and currently sits at $97,... more
Cintas Corporation (Nasdaq:CTAS) announced that the Company’s Board of Directors approved a $1.62 per share annual dividend at its meeting today, representing a 21.8% increase over last year’s annual dividend of $1.33 per share. This is the 34th consecutive year that the annual dividend has increased, which is every year since Cintas went public in 1983. This dividend is payable on December 8, 2017 to shareholders of record as of November 10, 2017.... more
Stanley Black & Decker (SWK) meets the criteria of being a dividend aristocrat, having increased its dividend for 49 years in a row.
Is it a good choice for dividend investors?
When we look at the company’s dividend profile, we see that the dividend yield of 1.59% is still higher than the Industrial Goods average of 1.17%. The annualised payout of $2.52 per share is still quite respectable. This falls behind dividend companies such as Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), for instance – which pays a current yield of 2.47% and an annualised payout of $3.36.
With that being said, Stanley Black & Decker has shown strong growth which would compensate an investor for a lower dividend. For instance, the company has a current EPS of $7.28... more
Author’s Note: This article is a detailed analysis of Main Street Capital Corp.’s (MAIN) dividend sustainability. I have performed this analysis due to the continued number of readers who have specifically requested such an analysis be performed on MAIN at periodic intervals. For readers who just want the summarized conclusions/results, I would suggest to scroll down to the “Conclusions Drawn” section at the bottom of the article.
Focus of Article: The focus of this article is to provide a detailed analysis with supporting documentation (via three tests) on the near-term dividend sustainability of MAIN. This analysis will be provided after a brief overview of MAIN’s regulated investment company (“RIC”) classification per the Internal Revenue... more