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2024 Dividend Aristocrats List | Updated Daily | All 68 Analyzed


Article updated on February 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 January 2024, the Dividend Aristocrats, as measured by the Dividend Aristocrats ETF (NOBL), registered a negative return of -0.47%. It underperformed 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 underperformed the broader market index over the last decade, with a 10.72% total annual return for the Dividend Aristocrats and a 12.51% 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: Target Corporation (TGT)

Target is a discount retail operations solely in the U.S. market. Its business consists of about 2,000 big box stores offering general merchandise and food and serving as distribution points for its burgeoning e-commerce business.

Source: Investor Presentation

Target posted third quarter earnings on November 15th, 2023, and results were much better than expected on both the top and bottom lines.

Revenue came to $25.2 billion, which was down 4.2% year-over-year, but was $160 million better than expected. Comparable sales fell 4.9%, which was attributable to a physical store sales decline of 4.6%, and a comparable digital sales decline of 6.0%. Adjusted earnings-per-share came to $2.10, which was a staggering 62 cents better than expected.

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

Dividend Aristocrat #9: 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.

ADP posted first quarter earnings on October 25th, 2023, and results were mixed as the company beat on the bottom line, but fractionally missed the top line. Adjusted earnings-per-share came to $2.08, which was six cents better than expected. Revenue was up 7% year-over-year to $4.5 billion, but missed estimates by $10 million.

Employer Services grew 9%, which was driven by strong new business bookings and retention, as well as higher client funds interest revenue. PEO Services revenue rose 3% with new business bookings growth, but margins fell 90 basis points.

Click here to download our most recent Sure Analysis report on ADP (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). Lowe’s operates or services more than 1,700 home improvement and hardware stores in the U.S.

Lowe’s reported third quarter 2023 results on November 21st, 2023. Total sales came in at $20.5 billion compared to $27.5 billion in the same quarter a year ago. Comparable sales decreased by 7.4%, while net earnings-per-share of $3.06 compared to $0.25 in third quarter 2022. Adjusted EPS in the year-ago period was $3.27. Lowe’s opened one store and three Lowe’s Outlet stores during the quarter.

The company repurchased 7.3 million shares in the third quarter for $1.6 billion. Additionally, it paid out $642 million in dividends.

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

Dividend Aristocrat #7: Becton, Dickinson & Co. (BDX)

Becton, Dickinson & Co. is a global leader in the medical supply industry. The company was founded in 1897 and has 75,000 employees across 190 countries. The company generates about $19 billion in annual revenue, with approximately 43% of revenues coming from outside of the U.S.

On November 9th, 2023, BD released earnings results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year 2023, which ended on
September 30th, 2023. For the quarter, revenue grew 6.8% to $5.1 billion, which beat estimates by $67 million. On a currency neutral basis, revenue grew 5.9%. Excluding currency exchange and COVID-19 related sales, base revenue increased 6.3%.

Adjusted earnings-per-share of $3.42 compared favorably to $2.75 in the prior year, but was $0.01 below estimates. For the fiscal year, revenue grew 5.1% to $19.4 billion while adjusted earnings-per-share of $12.21 compared to $11.35 in the prior period.

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

Dividend Aristocrat #6: 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.

Source: Investor Presentation

Stanley Works and Black & Decker merged in 2010 to form the current company, thought the company can trace its history back to 1843. Black & Decker was founded in Baltimore, MD in 1910 and manufactured the world’s first portable power tool.

On October 27th, 2023, Stanley Black & Decker reported third quarter results for the period ending September 30th, 2023. For the quarter, revenue decreased 4.1% to $3.95 billion, which was $20 million less than expected. Adjusted earnings-per-share of $1.05 compared favorably to $0.76 in the prior year and was $0.22 above estimates.

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

Dividend Aristocrat #5: NextEra Energy (NEE)

NextEra Energy is an electric utility with two operating segments, Florida Power & Light (“FPL”) and NextEra Energy Resources (“NEER”). FPL is the largest U.S. electric utility by retail megawatt hour sales and customer numbers.

The rate-regulated electric utility serves about 5.8 million customer accounts in Florida. NEER is the largest generator of wind and solar energy in the world. NEE generates roughly 80% of its revenues from FPL.

NextEra Energy reported its Q3 2023 financial results on 10/24/23. The utility continues to deliver stable results, but the stock valuation has come down. For the quarter, the company reported revenues of $7,172 million (up 6.7% year over year), translating to adjusted earnings of $1,920 million (up 14% year over year). On a per-share basis, adjusted earnings climbed 10.6% to $0.94.

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

Dividend Aristocrat #3: Archer Daniels Midland (ADM)

Archer-Daniels-Midland is the largest publicly traded farmland product company in the United States. The company, founded in 1902, trades with a market capitalization of $38.6 billion. Archer-Daniels-Midland’s businesses include processing cereal grains, oilseeds, and agricultural storage and transportation.

Archer-Daniels-Midland reported its third-quarter results for Fiscal Year (FY)2023 on October 24th, 2023. The company delivered robust financial results for Q3 2023 in the face of dynamic market conditions. Juan Luciano, Chair and CEO, highlighted strategic initiatives, including investments in innovation and operational efficiency, to meet evolving customer needs.

The Ag Services & Oilseeds segment excelled, leveraging Brazilian export capabilities and addressing renewable green diesel demand through the Spiritwood production facility. Carbohydrate Solutions posted outstanding results, particularly in ethanol, starches, and sweeteners.

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

Dividend Aristocrat #4: 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 January 18th, 2024, PPG Industries reported fourth quarter and full year results for the period ending December 31st, 2023. For the quarter, revenue grew 3.8% to a new quarterly record $4.35 billion, which topped estimates by $80 million. Adjusted net income of $363 million, or $1.53 per share, compared to adjusted net income of $286 million, or $1.22 per share, in the prior year. Adjusted earnings-per-share was $0.03 more than expected.

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

Dividend Aristocrat #2: 3M Company (MMM)

3M is an industrial manufacturer that sells more than 60,000 products used daily in homes, hospitals, office buildings, and schools worldwide. It has about 95,000 employees and serves customers in more than 200 countries.

On January 23rd, 2024, 3M announced fourth quarter and full year earnings results for the period ending December 31st, 2023. For the quarter, revenue decreased 0.3% to $7.69 billion, which missed estimates by $30 million. Adjusted earnings-per-share of $2.42 compared to $2.28 in the prior year and was $0.11 more than expected.

For 2023, revenue was lower by 4.5% to $32.7 billion while adjusted earnings-per-share of $9.24 compared to $10.10 in the prior year. However, comparable adjusted earnings-per-share totaled $9.88 in 2023.

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

Dividend Aristocrat #1: Albemarle Corporation (ALB)

Albemarle is the largest producer of lithium and second largest producer of bromine in the world. The two products account for nearly two-thirds of annual sales. Albemarle produces lithium from its salt brine deposits in the U.S. and Chile. The company has two joint ventures in Australia that also produce lithium.

Related: 2023 Lithium Stocks List

Source: Investor Presentation

On November 1st, 2023, Albemarle reported third quarter results for the period ending September 30th, 2023. For the quarter, revenue grew 10.5% to $2.31 billion, but missed estimates by $220 million. Adjusted earnings-per-share of $2.74 compared very unfavorably to $7.50 in the prior year and was $1.00 below estimates.

Results were negatively impacted by lower prices for lithium. For the quarter, revenue for Energy Storage grew 20% to $1.7 billion. A 40% increase in volume was offset by lower prices. Revenues for Specialties fell 20.2% to $352.7 million as volumes were down 7% and realized prices declined 13%. Ketjen sales of $260.7 million were a 10.6% increase from the prior year, again due to higher prices.

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

This information was compiled from the following sources:

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: Leggett & Platt (LEG) currently yields 7.9%.

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 4 Dividend Aristocrats tied at 67 years: Procter & Gamble, Genuine Parts, 3M Company, 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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