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New ‘Budding’ Aristocrats Added For 2012

January 12th, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

Another year has passed. It’s a good time to take a checkpoint to see how companies are fairing with their dividend plans. The last few years have been hard on companies, many of them have cut or eliminated dividends. Also, we have gotten a real demonstration about companies that can not only persevere through difficult times but thrive.

Now is a great time to poke the waters for what I call ‘Budding Aristocrats’. These are companies that could be future Dividend Aristocrats, only that they are younger. Real Artistocrats after all started as younger ones. The thinking is that if a company has been a solid dividend payer over the past 10 years (and could survive the last 3 years) as a Budding Artistocrat, it has a good chance of maturing into a Dividend Aristocrat.

A Dividend Aristocrat is a company that is a part of the S&P500 Index that has increased its dividend for 25 years in a row. For this article, I am going to consider the newest inaugurated class of 2012 that has joined the 10 year club. This means that the company has increased its dividend for 10 straight years as of 2012. Also, I’m not going to limit the list to those companies that are a part of the S&P500 Index.

Here’s the list below. There are some recognizable companies and a whole bunch I never heard of. This is not necessarily a buy list, but a starting point for further analysis.

Alterra Capital Holdings Limited ALTE 2002 17% (August 2011)
Auburn National Bancorporation, Inc. AUBN 2002 3% (February 2011)
Cass Information Systems CASS 2002 17% (October 2011)
Canadian Natural Resource Ltd CNQ 2002 20% (March 2011)
Delphi Financial Group, Inc. DFS 2002 9% (May 2011)
Harris Corporation HRS 2002 12% (August 2011)
Landmark Bancorp, Inc. LARK 2002 5% (November 2011)
Landauer, Inc. LDR 2002 2% (November 2010)
Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P. MMP 2002 2% (October 2011)
Monsanto Company MON 2002 7% (August 2011)
NIKE, Inc. NKE 2002 16% (November 2011)
Inergy, L.P. NRGY 2002 6% (July 2010)
NuStar Energy L.P. NS 2002 2% (July 2011)
Norfolk Southern Corp. NSC 2002 8% (July 2011)
Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc. NUS 2002 19% (July 2011)
Royal Gold, Inc. RGLD 2002 36% (November 2011)
Senior Housing Properties Trust SNH 2002 3% (October 2011)
The Southern Company SO 2002 4% (April 2011)
Valmont Industries, Inc. VMI 2002 9% (April 2011)
W.R. Berkley Corporation WRB 2002 14% (May 2011)
Watsco, Incorporated WSO 2002 9% (October 2011)

For this list, I have utilized the lists available on Dynamic Dividend.

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  1. January 13th, 2012 at 07:01 | #1

    Good tips, SFI.
    Glad to see that one of my holdings, SNH, is on that list. Nothing beats a little validation early in the morning :-)

  2. January 14th, 2012 at 17:08 | #2

    Thanks for stopping by 101. SNH is boring, but it’s about making money!

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