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|Name||Symbol||P/Hi||P/Ave||Div Inc||Med Yld|
|Bank of Montreal||BMO||Exp.||Cheap||0.8%||4.9%|
|Calian Technologies Ltd||CTY||Exp.||Cheap||2.3%||5.2%|
|Canadian Natural Resources||CNQ||Cheap||Cheap||19.7%||0.7%|
|Ensign Energy Services||ESI||Cheap||Cheap||5.4%||2.5%|
|Hammond Power Solutions Inc.||HPS.A||Cheap||Cheap||21.6%||1.4%|
|Power Financial Corp||PWF||Exp.||Cheap||3.8%||5.1%|
|Sun Life Financial||SLF||Exp.||Cheap||1.8%||5.4%|
|Thomson Reuters Corp||TRI||Exp.||Cheap||3.8%||3.6%|
|Toromont Industries Ltd.||TIH||Exp.||Cheap||0.4%||2.2%|
|Toronto Dominion Bank||TD||Exp.||Cheap||6.5%||3.8%|
Besides looking for a stock at a good price, when you look at dividend growth stocks, you need to consider what the dividend yield and dividend growth configurations are. A lot of companies can grow dividends. I include companies that increase dividends over time. I do not require that a company increases their dividends every year like to TSX's Dividend Aristocrat list does.
In basic terms, the closer the dividend yield is to 1%, the closer to the range of 20% to 25% you want the dividend increases to be. If the dividend yield is in the 4% to 5% range increases of at or just above inflation is fine. If the dividend yield is greater than 5%, I think you should question the viability of the dividend payments.
In the table, there are 4 stocks with the dividend increase column figures highlighted. This is because I think that the current 5 year dividend growth per year might not reflect what the dividend growth will be in the future.
For Hammond Power Solutions Inc. (TSX-HPS.A) this company just started to pay dividends in 2009. They have had very good increases in the past, but the latest one, while still good is lower at 11%. See my latest blog on this stock here.
For McCoy Corp (TSX-MCB) the dividends have been all over the place and since they started to pay dividends 2004 they have increased, decreased and cancelled them. See my latest blog entries on this stock here and here.
For Sun Life Financial (TSX-SLF), I think that once they start again to increase dividends they will be giving good increases. However, it is hard to say when they will again increase dividends. For my latest blog entries on this stock click here or here.
The last stock is Toromont Industries (TSX-TIH). They appear to reduce their dividends in 2011, but the reduction was because of a spin-off of Enerflex. The latest dividend increase was for 8.3% and the median dividend increase is probably around 10%. For my latest blog entries on this stock, click here or here.
I have shown only the 5 year growth for dividends. I will make one comment about dividend growth. If a company is not growing its dividends or cannot growth them, do not buy. No matter how good the dividend is, you will make far more money in the long term with a lower yield and a dividend that grows that earing a very good yield on a company that does not grow the dividend.
I have written about the Dividend Yields on Original Investments. This is really what I am talking about now as the combination of dividend yield and dividend increase determines what the dividend yield on your original investment will grow to.
On my other blog I am today writing about Gluskin Sheff + Associates Inc. (TSX-GS, OTC-GLUSF) ...continue...
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