(Note that all references to Champions mean companies that have paid higher dividends for at least 25 straight years; Contenders have streaks of 10-24 years; Challengers have streaks of 5-9 years. “CCC” refers to the universe of Champions, Contenders, and Challengers.)
Recent dividend increases have come from Champions like Brady Corp. (BRC), Clarcor Inc. (CLC), and McDonald’s (MCD). The only thing better than reporting such increases is knowing ahead of time which companies are going to boost their dividends soon.
Fortunately, the vast majority of CCC companies have a habit of announcing dividend hikes about the same time each year. So it’s no stretch of the imagination to suggest that most of these companies can be expected to repeat this annual phenomenon.
The announcements can come anywhere from two days to more than two months before the Ex-Dividend Date, so I try to look ahead by about 11 weeks to provide adequate “warning” of the good news to come.
Currently, that means companies with Ex-Dividend anniversaries through Christmas Eve. (Note that RPM may have already announced an increase by the time you read this.) Here is the next group of companies that should boost their payouts, based on last year’s dates:
Past as Prologue
Typically, the repeatability factor for these dividend increases is about 90%, which is worthy of some confidence. The percentage increases (dividend growth rates) may vary, but these companies have established a solid dividend “culture” and generally pass along the fruits of their labor, which means a portion of their growing profitability.