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When building a dividend growth portfolio, a Dividend Aristocrat should always be top of mind in an optimal dividend portfolio. Dividend Aristocrats are rarely on sale and usually command premium valuations due to their outstanding track record of operational excellence and commitment to rewarding shareholders.
There are currently over 50 Dividend Aristocrats to choose from. To be a Dividend Aristocrat, a company maintains the following characteristics:
- The Company must be in the S&P 500
- Meet certain minimum size and liquidity requirements
- Have over 25 years of consecutive dividend increases
Eventually, Dividend Aristocrats will be graduated to Dividend Kings. That is when they hit at least 50 years of consecutive dividend increases. You can view the list of Dividend Kings here. At Millionaire Mob, we are focused on finding undervalued dividend growth stocks relative to the prospect of dividend growth. We call this the dGARP strategy or Dividend Growth at a Reasonable Price. We like the idea of buying high quality, stable dividend growth stocks at reasonable valuations.
An Undervalued Dividend Aristocrats to Buy Now
Here is our list of Dividend Aristocrats to buy now. These stocks are reasonable priced and have no imminent signs of a dividend cut. The future prospects for each company should allow for you to sleep well at night. Additionally, you literally get paid (through dividend income) to wait for valuations to hit a more normalized level. We’ve built the ultimate guide to building a dividend portfolio to help you invest like a pro.
#1 Dividend Aristocrat to Buy Now: Aflac (Ticker: AFL)
We’ve covered this Dividend Aristocrat before and we continue to love the prospects of investing in Aflac (Ticker: AFL). Aflac recently went for a 2:1 stock split on their shares. I love investing in stocks post-split as they typically outperform. I don’t know why since stock splits are purely cosmetic. That is not the only reason why I like this Dividend Aristocrat. We also like Aflac for the following reasons:
- Earnings per share increased ~6.2% in 2017 to $3.45 earnings per share from $3.25 earnings per share in 2016. After adjusted for the stock split, this reflects that the stock is currently priced at an approximate 13.3x price to earnings ratio.
- For 2018, management expects earnings per share in the range of $3.72 to $3.88 earnings per share, which reflects an increase of 7.8% and 12.5%, respectively. This would imply a forward price to earnings ratio of 12.3x to 11.8x. Not too shabby for a Dividend Aristocrat.
#2 Dividend Aristocrat to Buy Now: Medtronic (Ticker: MDT)
Medtronic is a medical device company with headquarters in Dublin, Ireland (for tax purposes that was unnecessary now that the tax bill has been implemented). However, Medtronic’s operational headquarters are in Fridley, Minnesota. Medtronic is among the world’s largest medical equipment development companies. Medtronic employs over 85,000 people and has more than 53,000 patents (talk about an economic moat).
We love Medtronic as an investment in a Dividend Aristocrat because the dividend is extremely safe with no signs of a dividend cut. In addition, in light of recent volatility in the stock market, we believe that Medtronic is very sheltered to recessionary conditions. Their products are in high demand and the pipeline looks strong. Medtronic was actually able to increase their earnings per share during the Great Recession. We also like the valuation for Medtronic:
- The company is expected to report adjusted earnings-per-share of about $5.50 in fiscal 2018, which represents a price-to-earnings ratio of ~14.5x. This represents a valuation close to the 10-year average price to earnings ratio.
While the valuation looks fairly value, we think Medtronic has substantial room to increase earnings over the next five years.
Conclusion on Dividend Aristocrats
Dividend Aristocrats are stocks that represent the one of the best opportunities at both value and growth from a dividend perspective. They are yet to become the slower growing counterparts like the Dividend Kings. When you see a Dividend Aristocrat on sale or at fair value, you need to buy! We love investing in dividend stocks and pairing up with credit card manufactured spending, which allows us to travel the world and invest at the same time. We’re always happy to provide you an introduction to credit card manufactured spending. Try it out some time. This will allow you to save some more cash to invest in your dividend portfolio!
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