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2022 Dividend Aristocrats List | Updated Daily | All 65 Analyzed


Article updated on May 2nd, 2022 by Bob Ciura
Spreadsheet data updated daily

The Dividend Aristocrats are a select group of 65 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 65 Dividend Aristocrats. You can download an Excel spreadsheet of all 65 (with metrics that matter such as dividend yields and price-to-earnings ratios) by clicking the link below:

 

Note: On January 24th, 2022 Brown & Brown (BRO) and Church & Dwight (CHD) were added to the Dividend Aristocrats Index, while AT&T (T) was removed. Also, People’s United (PBCT) was acquired, leaving 65 Dividend Aristocrats.

Source: S&P News Releases.

You can see detailed analysis on all 65 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 65 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.

This article examines the characteristics and performance of the Dividend Aristocrats in detail. Click here for a table of contents for easy navigation of this article.

Performance Through April 2022

In April 2022, the Dividend Aristocrats, as measured by the Dividend Aristocrats ETF (NOBL), registered a negative 3.4% return. It outperformed 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 outperformed the broader market index over the last decade, with a 13.70% total annual return for the Dividend Aristocrats versus 13.67% for the S&P 500 Index.

And, the Dividend Aristocrats have exhibited lower risk than the benchmark, as measured by standard deviation. This has led to even stronger risk-adjusted returns for the Dividend Aristocrats relative to the broader market in the past 10 years.

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 Top 7 Dividend Aristocrats Now

Analysis on our top 7 Dividend Aristocrats is below. These rankings are based on 5 year forward expected total return estimates from the Sure Analysis Research Database.

 

Looking to go beyond the Dividend Aristocrats?

There are ~140 securities with 25+ years of rising dividends, more than double the number of Dividend Aristocrats. That’s because the Dividend Aristocrats list excludes securities that aren’t in the S&P 500 and/or that don’t meet certain size and liquidity requirements.

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Dividend Aristocrat #7: V.F. Corporation (VFC)

V.F. Corporation is one of the world’s largest apparel, footwear and accessories companies. The company’s brands include The North Face, Vans, Timberland and Dickies. The company, which has been in existence since 1899, generated over $11 billion in sales in the last 12 months.

In late January, V.F. Corp reported (1/28/22) financial results for the third quarter of fiscal 2022. Revenue and organic revenue grew 22% and 15%, respectively, over the prior year’s quarter, driven by the EMEA and North American regions, which experienced a negative impact from the pandemic in the prior year’s period.

Source: Investor Presentation

Adjusted EPS grew 45%, from $0.93 to $1.35, and beat analysts’ consensus by $0.13.

For this fiscal year, V.F. Corp expects revenue of about $11.85 billion, slightly lower than the previous guidance of at least $12.0 billion but still reflecting 28% growth, and adjusted EPS to be around $3.20.

We expect 7% annual EPS growth, while the stock has a dividend yield of 3.9%. Along with a positive impact from an expanding P/E multiple, total returns are expected to reach 13.2% per year.

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

Dividend Aristocrat #6: Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA)

Walgreens Boots Alliance is the largest retail pharmacy in both the United States and Europe. Through its flagship Walgreens business and other business ventures, the company employs more than 325,000 people and has more than 13,000 stores.

On January 6th, 2021, Walgreens reported Q1 results for the period ending November 30th, 2021. Sales from continuing operations grew 7.8% over the prior year’s quarter, driven by COVID-19 vaccinations and testing.

U.S. retail comparable sales grew 11%, which is a 20 year high growth rate. Adjusted EPS grew 53%, from $1.10 to $1.68, and exceeded analysts’ consensus by $0.34.

An overview of Walgreens’ most recent quarterly performance can be seen in the image below:

Source: Investor Presentation

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

Dividend Aristocrat #5: Lowe’s Companies (LOW)

Lowe’s Companies is the second-largest home improvement retailer in the US (after Home Depot). Lowe’s operates or services more than 2,200 home improvement and hardware stores in the U.S. and Canada.

Lowe’s reported fourth quarter and full year results on February 23rd . Total sales for the fourth quarter came in at $21.3 billion compared to $20.3 billion in the same quarter a year ago. Comparable sales increased 5%, while U.S. home improvement comparable sales increased 5.1%. Net earnings of $1.2 billion rose from $978 million in 4Q 2020. Diluted earnings per share of $1.78 was a 35% increase from $1.32 a year earlier.

For the full fiscal year, Lowe’s generated diluted EPS of $12.04. The company repurchased 16.3 million shares in 2021 for $13.1 billion. Additionally, they paid out $2 billion in dividends. The company remains in a strong liquidity position with $1.1 billion of cash and cash equivalents.

The company provided a fiscal 2022 outlook and believes they can achieve diluted EPS in the range of $13.10 to $13.60 on total sales of roughly $98 billion. Lowe’s expects to repurchase $12 billion worth of common shares in 2022.

The combination of multiple expansion, 6% expected EPS growth and the 1.5% dividend yield lead to total expected returns of 14.3% per year.

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

Dividend Aristocrat #4: Franklin Resources (BEN)

Franklin Resources is a global asset manager with a long and successful history. The company offers investment management (which makes up the bulk of fees the company collects) and related services to its customers, including sales, distribution, and shareholder servicing.

On December 14th, 2021, Franklin Resources announced a $0.29 quarterly dividend, marking a 3.6% year-over-year increase and the company’s 42nd consecutive year of increasing its payment.

On February 1st, 2022, Franklin Resources reported Q1 fiscal year 2022 results for the period ending December 31st, 2021. (Franklin Resources’ fiscal year ends September 30th.)

Total assets under management equaled $1.578 trillion, up $48.0 billion compared to last quarter, as a result of $24.1 billion in long-term net inflows, $10.4 billion of positive market change, and other items. For the quarter, operating revenue totaled $2.224 billion.

This represents 0.143% of average AUM or ~57 basis points annualized. On an adjusted basis, net income equaled $553.6 million or $1.08 per share compared to $644.6 million or $1.26 per share in Q1 2021.

We expect 14.9% annual returns, driven by 4% expected EPS growth, the 4.6% dividend yield, and a ~6.3% annual boost from a rising P/E multiple.

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

Dividend Aristocrat #3: Pentair (PNR)

Pentair operates as a pureplay water solutions company with 3 segments: Aquatic Systems, Filtration Solutions, and Flow Technologies. Pentair was founded in 1966. Pentair has increased its dividend for more than four decades in a row, when adjusted for spinoffs.

Pentair reported its fourth quarter earnings results on February 1. Revenue of $990 million increased 24% year-over-year. Core sales, which excludes the impact of currency rate movements, acquisitions, and dispossessions, were up 19% year over year. Pentair recorded earningspershare of $0.87 for the fourth quarter, which was up by 24% year over year.

Pentair issued its guidance for the current year during the earnings report as well. For fiscal 2022, Pentair is now forecasting earningspershare in a range of $3.70 to $3.80, which indicates earningspershare growth of around 13%.

Total returns are expected to reach 15.0% over the next five years.

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

Dividend Aristocrat #2: 3M Company (MMM)

3M sells more than 60,000 products that are used every day in homes, hospitals, office buildings and schools around the world. It has about 95,000 employees and serves customers in more than 200 countries.

3M is now composed of four separate divisions. The Safety & Industrial division produces tapes, abrasives, adhesives and supply chain management software as well as manufactures personal protective gear and security products.

The Healthcare segment supplies medical and surgical products as well as drug delivery systems. Transportation & Electronics division produces fibers and circuits with a goal of using renewable energy sources while reducing costs. The Consumer division sells office supplies, home improvement products, protective materials and stationary supplies.

On April 26th, 2022, 3M reported first quarter earnings results for the period ending March 31st, 2022. Revenue fell 0.3% to $8.8 billion, but was $50 million better than expected. Adjusted earnings-per-share of $2.65 compared to $2.77 in the prior year, but was $0.34 above estimates. Organic growth for the quarter was 2%.

Safety & Industrial grew 0.5% due to strength in industrial adhesives and tapes, abrasives, and masking systems, though personal safety declined. Transportation & Electronics decreased by 0.3%. Commercial solutions growth was offset by a decline in transportation and safety. Health Care grew 4.7%. Consumer was higher by 3.4% as demand for home care, stationery and office and home improvement products continues to be strong.

3M provided an updated outlook for 2022, with the company now expecting adjusted earnings-per-share of $10.75 to $11.25. Total returns are expected to reach 15.7% per year over the next five years.

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

Dividend Aristocrat #1: Stanley Black & Decker (SWK)

Stanley Black & Decker is a world leader in power tools, hand tools, and related items. The company holds the top global position in tools and storage sales. Stanley Black & Decker is second in the world in the areas of commercial electronic security and engineered fastening.

You can see an overview of the company’s 2022 first-quarter performance in the image below:

Source: Investor Presentation

On April 28th, 2022, Stanley Black & Decker announced first quarter results. Revenue grew 20% to $4.4 billion, but was $220 million lower than expected. Adjusted earnings-per-share of $2.10 compared unfavorably to $3.13 in the prior year, but was $0.40 ahead of estimates. Organic growth fell 1%.

Stanley Black & Decker offered revised guidance for 2022. Due to inflationary pressures, the company now expects adjusted earnings-per-share in a range of $9.50 to $10.50, down from $12.00 to $12.50 previously. Organic revenue is projected in a range of 7% to 8%.

The stock has a 2.6% dividend yield, and we expect 8% annual EPS growth. With a ~6.3% annual boost from an expanding P/E multiple, total returns are expected to reach 16.9% per year.

Click here to download our most recent Sure Analysis report on SWK (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

Looking for no-fee DRIP Dividend Aristocrats? Click here to read an article examining all 15 no-fee DRIP Dividend Aristocrats in detail.

Historical Dividend Aristocrats List
(1989 – 2022)

The image below shows the history of the Dividend Aristocrats Index from 1989 through 2022:

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.

This information was compiled from the following sources:

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.

You have a choice in what type of business you buy into. You can buy into the mediocre, or the excellent.

Often, excellent businesses are not more expensive (based on their price-to-earnings ratio) than mediocre businesses.

“When we own portions of outstanding businesses with outstanding managements, our favorite holding period is forever.”

Warren Buffett

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.

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