Monday, June 06, 2011

What Two Stocks Have Had Dividend Increases for Over 55 Years?

What better indication of corporate strength than long term increasing dividends. There are actually about a hundred publicly traded companies with a track record of increasing dividends for 25 years or more. But when looking back beyond 55 years, only two make the cut and both have yields in excess of 3.2%.

The first company, which has increased dividends for 58 years in a row, is in the fast growing business of integrated self-service delivery and security systems. The company, Diebold, Incorporated (DBD), makes everything from automated teller machines to safes to digital surveillance to biometric technologies. The stock trades at 13.6 time forward earnings and pays a decent yield of 3.6%.

Earnings were down significantly for the latest quarter year-over-year on a one percent drop in revenues, primarily due to higher taxes and losses in Europe. “As expected, we got off to a slow start in the first quarter. The results we’re reporting today slightly exceeded our internal expectations for the first quarter, despite heavy losses in Europe and a higher tax rate. We previously communicated we expect an unusually strong second half of 2011, and our outlook remains the same,” said Thomas W. Swidarski, Diebold president and chief executive officer.

Total dividend payout for Diebold is $73.1 million, which is well covered by the operating cash flow of $239.4 million. The dividend payout rate was raised in February from 27 cents a share to 28 cents share, an increase of 3.7%.

The other long term dividend increaser is American States Water Company (AWR), which has boosted its dividend 57 years in a row. This stock, which is one of the companies on the High Yield Water Utility Stock list at, trades at 15.6 times forward earnings and yields 3.3%.

The total dividend payout is $20.9 million, easily covered by $54.7 million in operating cash flow. Earnings for the latest quarter were down 10.6% on a 6.6% increase in revenues.

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Disclosure: Author did not own any of the above at the time the article was written.


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