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2024 Dividend Aristocrats List | Updated Daily | All 68 Analyzed


Article updated on July 1st, 2024 by Bob Ciura
Spreadsheet data updated daily

The Dividend Aristocrats are a select group of 68 S&P 500 stocks with 25+ years of consecutive dividend increases.

They are the ‘best of the best’ dividend growth stocks. The Dividend Aristocrats have a long history of outperforming the market.

The requirements to be a Dividend Aristocrat are:

There are currently 68 Dividend Aristocrats. You can download an Excel spreadsheet of all 68 (with metrics that matter such as dividend yields and price-to-earnings ratios) by clicking the link below:

 

Disclaimer: Sure Dividend is not affiliated with S&P Global in any way. S&P Global owns and maintains The Dividend Aristocrats Index. The information in this article and downloadable spreadsheet is based on Sure Dividend’s own review, summary, and analysis of the S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats ETF (NOBL) and other sources, and is meant to help individual investors better understand this ETF and the index upon which it is based. None of the information in this article or spreadsheet is official data from S&P Global. Consult S&P Global for official information.

Note 1: On January 24th, 2024, Fastenal (FAST) was added to the list while Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA), leaving 68 Dividend Aristocrats.

Source: S&P News Releases.

You can see detailed analysis on all 68 further below in this article, in our Dividend Aristocrats In Focus Series. Analysis includes valuation, growth, and competitive advantage(s).

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How to Use The Dividend Aristocrats List To Find Dividend Investment Ideas

The downloadable Dividend Aristocrats Excel Spreadsheet List above contains the following for each stock in the index:

All Dividend Aristocrats are high-quality businesses based on their long dividend histories. A company cannot pay rising dividends for 25+ years without having a strong and durable competitive advantage.

But not all Dividend Aristocrats make equally good investments today. That’s where the spreadsheet in this article comes into play. You can use the Dividend Aristocrats spreadsheet to quickly find quality dividend investment ideas.

The list of all 68 Dividend Aristocrats is valuable because it gives you a concise list of all S&P 500 stocks with 25+ consecutive years of dividend increases (that also meet certain minimum size and liquidity requirements).

These are businesses that have both the desire and ability to pay shareholders rising dividends year-after-year. This is a rare combination.

Together, these two criteria are powerful – but they are not enough. Value must be considered as well.

The spreadsheet above allows you to sort by trailing price-to-earnings ratio so you can quickly find undervalued, high-quality dividend stocks.

Here’s how to use the Dividend Aristocrats list to quickly find high-quality dividend growth stocks potentially trading at a discount:

  1. Download the list
  2. Sort by ‘Trailing PE Ratio,’ smallest to largest
  3. Research the top stocks further

Here’s how to do this quickly in the spreadsheet:

Step 1: Download the list, and open it.

Step 2: Apply a filter function to each column in the spreadsheet.

Step 3: Click on the small gray down arrow next to ‘Trailing P/E Ratio’, and then sort smallest to largest.

Step 4: Review the highest ranked Dividend Aristocrats before investing. You can see detailed analysis on every Dividend Aristocrat found below in this article.

That’s it; you can follow the same procedure to sort by any other metric in the spreadsheet.

Performance Of The Dividend Aristocrats

In June 2024, the Dividend Aristocrats, as measured by the Dividend Aristocrats ETF (NOBL), registered a negative return of 1.4%. It under-performed the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) for the month.

Short-term performance is mostly noise. Performance should be measured over a minimum of 3 years, and preferably longer periods of time.

The Dividend Aristocrats Index has slightly under-performed the broader market index over the last decade, with a 10.34% total annual return for the Dividend Aristocrats and a 10.79% total annual return for the S&P 500 Index.

But the Dividend Aristocrats have exhibited lower risk than the benchmark, as measured by standard deviation.

Source: S&P Fact Sheet

Higher total returns with lower volatility is the ‘holy grail’ of investing. It is worth exploring the characteristics of the Dividend Aristocrats in detail to determine why they have performed so well.

Note that a good portion of the outperformance relative to the S&P 500 comes during recessions (2000 – 2002, 2008). Dividend Aristocrats have historically seen smaller drawdowns during recessions versus the S&P 500. This makes holding through recessions that much easier. Case-in-point: In 2008 the Dividend Aristocrats Index declined 22%. That same year, the S&P 500 declined 38%.

Great businesses with strong competitive advantages tend to be able to generate stronger cash flows during recessions. This allows them to gain market share while weaker businesses fight to stay alive.

The Dividend Aristocrats Index has beaten the market over the last 28 years…

We believe dividend paying stocks outperform non-dividend paying stocks for three reasons:

  1. A company that pays dividends is likely to be generating earnings or cash flows so that it can pay dividends to shareholders. This excludes ‘pre-earnings’ start-ups and failing businesses. In short, it excludes the riskiest stocks.
  2. A business that pays consistent dividends must be more selective with the growth projects it takes on because a portion of its cash flows are being paid out as dividends. Scrutinizing over capital allocation decisions likely adds to shareholder value.
  3. Stocks that pay dividends are willing to reward shareholders with cash payments. This is a sign that management is shareholder friendly.

In our view, Dividend Aristocrats have historically outperformed the market and other dividend paying stocks because they are, on average, higher-quality businesses.

A high-quality business should outperform a mediocre business over a long period of time, all other things being equal.

For a business to increase its dividends for 25+ consecutive years, it must have or at least had in the very recent past a strong competitive advantage.

Sector Overview

A sector breakdown of the Dividend Aristocrats Index is shown below:

The top 2 sectors by weight in the Dividend Aristocrats are Industrials and Consumer Staples. The Dividend Aristocrats Index is tilted toward Consumer Staples and Industrials relative to the S&P 500.

These 2 sectors make up over 40% of the Dividend Aristocrats Index, but less than 20% of the S&P 500.

The Dividend Aristocrats Index is also significantly underweight the Information Technology sector, with a ~3% allocation compared with over 20% allocation within the S&P 500.

The Dividend Aristocrat Index is filled with stable ‘old economy’ blue chip consumer products businesses and manufacturers; the 3M’s (MMM), Coca-Cola’s (KO), and Johnson & Johnson’s (JNJ) of the investing world.

These ‘boring’ businesses aren’t likely to generate 20%+ earnings-per-share growth, but they also are very unlikely to see large earnings drawdowns as well.

The 10 Best Dividend Aristocrats Now

This research report examines the 10 best Dividend Aristocrats from our Sure Analysis Research Database with the highest 5-year forward expected total returns.

Dividend Aristocrat #10: Brown-Forman Corp. (BF-B)

Brown-Forman is an alcoholic beverage company that is based in Louisville. The company was founded in 1870. Brown Forman produces sells whiskey, vodka, tequila, champagne, and wine.

Its portfolio includes a range of mostly premium brands, such as Jack Daniel’s, Finlandia Vodka, Old Forester, and many others.

In the most recent fiscal quarter, Brown-Forman reported revenue of $960 million, down by 8% compared to the same quarter last year. Sales declined 5% in constant currency.

Source: Investor Presentation

However, operating profit grew 26%, while earnings-per-share increased 31% year-over-year.

Brown-Forman guides for revenues to grow by 2% to 4% during the current year, fiscal 2025, but profits are expected to decline again this year.

Click here to download our most recent Sure Analysis report on BF.B (preview of page 1 of 3 shown below):

Dividend Aristocrat #9: J.M. Smucker Co. (SJM)

The J.M. Smucker company has grown into an international powerhouse of packaged food and beverage products including iconic names like Smucker’s, Jif and Folgers, along with various pet food brands.

Source: Investor Presentation

In early June, Smucker’s reported (6/6/24) results for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2024, which ended on April 30th, 2024. Currency-neutral organic sales grew 3% over the prior year’s quarter, mostly thanks to price hikes.

The strong volumes amid price hikes are testaments to the strength of the brands of the company. Adjusted earnings-per-share grew 1%, from $2.64 to $2.66, and exceeded the analysts’ estimates by $0.33.

Smucker’s provided decent guidance for fiscal 2025. It expects comparable sales growth of 9.5%-10.5% and adjusted earnings-per-share of $9.80-$10.20.

Click here to download our most recent Sure Analysis report on SJM (preview of page 1 of 3 shown below):

Dividend Aristocrat #8: Lowe’s Companies (LOW)

Lowe’s Companies is the second-largest home improvement retailer in the US (after Home Depot). The company was founded in 1946 and is headquartered in Mooresville, NC. Lowe’s operates or services more than 1,700 home improvement and hardware stores in the U.S.

Lowe’s reported first quarter 2024 results on May 3rd, 2024. Total sales came in at $21.4 billion compared to $22.3 billion in the same quarter a year ago.

Comparable sales decreased by 4.1%, while net earnings-per-share of $3.06 compared to $3.77 in first quarter 2023.

However, adjusted EPS in the year-ago period was $3.67 when excluding the transaction costs related to the sale of the Canadian retail business in the prior year. The company continues to be negatively impacted from a reduction in DIY discretionary spending.

Click here to download our most recent Sure Analysis report on LOW (preview of page 1 of 3 shown below):

Dividend Aristocrat #7: Genuine Parts Company (GPC)

Genuine Parts Company was founded in 1928 and since that time, it has grown into a conglomerate that sells automotive and industrial parts, electrical materials, and general business products.

Its global span reaches throughout North America, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe and is comprised of more than 3,000 locations. It has about 60,000 employees and generates about $24 billion in annual revenue.

Source: Investor Presentation

Genuine Parts is also a Dividend King, having raised its dividend for an incredible 68 consecutive years.

Genuine Parts posted first quarter earnings on April 18th, 2024, and results were mixed. Adjusted earnings-per-share came to $2.22, which was six cents better than expected.

Net income was off from $304 million to $249 million year-over-year. Revenue was flat year-over-year at $5.8 billion, and missed estimates by $40 million.

Click here to download our most recent Sure Analysis report on GPC (preview of page 1 of 3 shown below):

Dividend Aristocrat #6: Automatic Data Processing (ADP)

Automatic Data Processing is one of the largest business services outsourcing companies in the world. The company provides payroll services, human resources technology, and other business operations to more than 700,000 corporate customers.

Source: Investor Presentation

ADP posted third quarter earnings on May 1st, 2024, and results were quite strong once again. The company posted adjusted earnings-per-share of $2.88, which was a dime better than expected. Revenue was up 7% year-over-year to $5.3 billion, which was $70 million ahead of estimates.

Employer Services revenue was $3.59 billion, which was up 8% year-on-year, while the segment’s earnings rose 4% to $1.42 billion. Margin improved from 37.3% of revenue to 39.6%. PEO Services revenue was up 5% to $1.67 billion, while earnings fell 10% to $236 million. Margin declined from 16.4% of revenue to 14.2%.

Click here to download our most recent Sure Analysis report on ADP (preview of page 1 of 3 shown below):

Dividend Aristocrat #5: Sysco Corporation (SYY)

Sysco Corporation is the largest wholesale food distributor in the United States. The company serves 600,000 locations with food delivery, including restaurants, hospitals, schools, hotels, and other facilities.

Source: Investor Presentation

On April 30th, 2024, Sysco reported Third-quarter results for Fiscal Year (FY) 2024. The company demonstrated significant growth across key metrics compared to the same period in fiscal year 2023.

With sales rising by 2.7% to $19.4 billion and gross profit surging by 5.2% to $3.6 billion, Sysco showcased its resilience and adaptability amidst a challenging economic environment.

Click here to download our most recent Sure Analysis report on SYY (preview of page 1 of 3 shown below):

Dividend Aristocrat #4: Johnson & Johnson (JNJ)

Johnson & Johnson is a diversified health care company and a leader in the area of pharmaceuticals (~49% of sales), medical devices (~34% of sales) and consumer products (~17% of sales). The company has annual sales in excess of $93 billion.

On April 16th, 2024, Johnson & Johnson reported first quarter results for the period ending March 31st, 2024.

Source: Investor Presentation

For the quarter, revenue grew 2.3% to $21.4 billion, which was in-line with estimates. Adjusted earnings-per-share of $2.71 compared to $2.68 in the prior year and was $0.06 better than expected.

The company has increased its dividend for 60 consecutive years, making it a Dividend King. The stock is owned by many well-known money managers. For example, J&J is a Kevin O’Leary dividend stock.

Click here to download our most recent Sure Analysis report on JNJ (preview of page 1 of 3 shown below):

Dividend Aristocrat #3: Medtronic plc (MDT)

Medtronic is the largest manufacturer of biomedical devices and implantable technologies in the world. It serves physicians, hospitals, and patients in more than 150 countries and has over 90,000 employees.

Medtronic has four operating segments: Cardiovascular, Medical Surgical, Neuroscience and Diabetes. Medtronic has raised its dividend for 46 consecutive years.

In late May, Medtronic reported (5/23/24) financial results for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2024.

Source: Investor Presentation

Organic revenue grew 5% over the prior year’s quarter thanks to broad-based, mid-single digit growth or higher in all the four segments.

Earnings-per-share decreased -7%, from $1.57 to $1.46, due to a -4% currency headwind and higher R&D costs and selling & administrative costs, but exceeded the analysts’ consensus by $0.01.

Click here to download our most recent Sure Analysis report on MDT (preview of page 1 of 3 shown below):

Dividend Aristocrat #2: Target Corporation (TGT)

Target was founded in 1902 and now operates about 1,850 big box stores, which offer general merchandise and food, as well as serving as distribution points for the company’s e-commerce business.

Target posted first quarter earnings on May 22nd, 2024, and results were weaker than expected, along with a reduction in guidance for the year, both of which saw the stock punished after the report.

Adjusted earnings-per-share came to $2.03 in Q1, which was three cents light of estimates. Revenue was also down 3.1% to $24.53 billion, which met estimates. Comparable sales fell 3.7%, which met expectations, and was the cause of the consolidated top line decline.

Click here to download our most recent Sure Analysis report on TGT (preview of page 1 of 3 shown below):

Dividend Aristocrat #1: PPG Industries (PPG)

PPG Industries is the world’s largest paints and coatings company. Its only competitors of similar size are Sherwin-Williams and Dutch paint company Akzo Nobel.

PPG Industries was founded in 1883 as a manufacturer and distributor of glass (its name stands for Pittsburgh Plate Glass) and today has approximately 3,500 technical employees located in more than 70 countries at 100 locations.

On April 18th, 2024, PPG Industries reported first quarter results for the period ending March 31st, 2024.

Source: Investor Presentation

For the quarter, revenue decreased 1.6% to $4.31 billion, which was $120 million less than expected. Adjusted net income of $441 million, or $1.86 per share, compared to adjusted net income of $432 million, or $1.82 per share, in the prior year. Adjusted earnings-per-share were in-line with consensus estimates.

Click here to download our most recent Sure Analysis report on PPG (preview of page 1 of 3 shown below):

 

The Dividend Aristocrats In Focus Analysis Series

You can see analysis on every single Dividend Aristocrat below. Each is sorted by GICS sectors and listed in alphabetical order by name. The newest Sure Analysis Research Database report for each security is included as well.

Consumer Staples

Industrials

Health Care

Consumer Discretionary

Financials

Materials

Energy

Information Technology

Real Estate

Utilities

Historical Dividend Aristocrats List
(1989 – 2024)

The image below shows the history of the Dividend Aristocrats Index from 1989 through 2023:

Note: CL, GPC, and NUE were all removed and re-added to the Dividend Aristocrats Index through the historical period analyzed above. We are unsure as to why. Companies created via a spin-off (like AbbVie) can be Dividend Aristocrats with less than 25 years of rising dividends if the parent company was a Dividend Aristocrat.

Disclaimer: Sure Dividend is not affiliated with S&P Global in any way. S&P Global owns and maintains The Dividend Aristocrats Index. The information in this article and downloadable spreadsheet and image below is based on Sure Dividend’s own review, summary, and analysis of the S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats ETF (NOBL) and other sources, and is meant to help individual investors better understand this ETF and the index upon which it is based. None of the information in this article or spreadsheet is official data from S&P Global. Consult S&P Global for official information.

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Frequently Asked Questions

This section will address some of most common questions investors have regarding the Dividend Aristocrats.

1. What is the highest-paying Dividend Aristocrat?

Answer: Realty Income (O) currently yields 5.8%.

2. What is the difference between the Dividend Aristocrats and the Dividend Kings?

Answer: The Dividend Aristocrats must be constituents of the S&P 500 Index, have raised their dividends for at least 25 consecutive years, and satisfy a number of liquidity requirements. The Dividend Kings only need to have raised their dividends for at least 50 consecutive years.

3. Is there an ETF that tracks the Dividend Aristocrats?

Answer: Yes, the Dividend Aristocrats ETF (NOBL) is an exchange-traded fund that specifically holds the Dividend Aristocrats.

4. What is the difference between the Dividend Aristocrats and the Dividend Champions?

Answer: The Dividend Aristocrats and Dividend Champions share one requirement, which is that a company must have raised its dividend for at least 25 consecutive years.

But like the Dividend Kings, the Dividend Champions do not need to be in the S&P 500 Index, nor satisfy the various liquidity requirements.

5. Which Dividend Aristocrat has the longest active streak of annual dividend increases?

Currently, there are 3 Dividend Aristocrats tied at 67 years: Procter & Gamble, Genuine Parts, and Dover Corporation.

6. What is the average dividend yield of the Dividend Aristocrats?

Right now, the average dividend yield of the Dividend Aristocrats is 2.6%.

7. Are the Dividend Aristocrats safe investments?

While there are never any guarantees when it comes to the stock market, we believe the Dividend Aristocrats are among the safest dividend stocks when it comes to the sustainability of their dividend payouts.

The Dividend Aristocrats have durable competitive advantages that allow them to raise their dividends each year, even during a recession.

Other Dividend Lists & Final Thoughts

The Dividend Aristocrats list is not the only way to quickly screen for stocks that regularly pay rising dividends.

There is nothing magical about the Dividend Aristocrats. They are ‘just’ a collection of high-quality shareholder friendly stocks that have strong competitive advantages.

Purchasing these types of stocks at fair or better prices and holding for the long-run will likely result in favorable long-term performance.

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