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2024 Dividend Kings List | Updated Daily | All 56 Analyzed


Updated on February 2nd, 2024 by Bob Ciura
Spreadsheet data updated daily

The Dividend Kings are the best-of-the-best in dividend longevity.

What is a Dividend King? A stock with 50 or more consecutive years of dividend increases.

The downloadable Dividend Kings Spreadsheet List below contains the following for each stock in the index among other important investing metrics:

You can see the full downloadable spreadsheet of all 56 Dividend Kings (along with important financial metrics such as dividend yields, payout ratios, and price-to-earnings ratios) by clicking on the link below:

 

The Dividend Kings list includes recent additions such as Telephone & Data Systems (TDS), Consolidated Edison (ED), Kenvue (KVUE), and Fortis (FTS).

Each Dividend King satisfies the primary requirement to be a Dividend Aristocrat (25 years of consecutive dividend increases) twice over.

Not all Dividend Kings are Dividend Aristocrats.

This unexpected result is because the ‘only’ requirement to be a Dividend Kings is 50+ years of rising dividends.

On the other hand, Dividend Aristocrats must have 25+ years of rising dividends, be a member of the S&P 500 Index, and meet certain minimum size and liquidity requirements.

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How To Use The Dividend Kings List to Find Dividend Stock Ideas

The Dividend Kings list is a great place to find dividend stock ideas. However, not all the stocks in the Dividend Kings list make a great investment at any given time.

Some stocks might be overvalued. Conversely, some might be undervalued – making great long-term holdings for dividend growth investors.

For those unfamiliar with Microsoft Excel, the following walk-through shows how to filter the Dividend Kings list for the stocks with the most attractive valuation based on the price-to-earnings ratio.

Step 1: Download the Dividend Kings Excel Spreadsheet.

Step 2: Follow the steps in the instructional video below. Note that we screen for price-to-earnings ratios of 15 or below in the video. You can choose any threshold that best defines ‘value’ for you.

Dividend Kings PE Screen

Alternatively, following the instructions above and filtering for higher dividend yield Dividend Kings (yields of 2% or 3% or higher) will show stocks with 50+ years of rising dividends and above-average dividend yields.

Looking for businesses that have a long history of dividend increases isn’t a perfect way to identify stocks that will increase their dividends every year in the future, but there is considerable consistency in the Dividend Kings.

The 5 Best Dividend Kings Today

The following 5 stocks are our top-ranked Dividend Kings today, based on expected annual returns over the next 5 years. Stocks are ranked in order of lowest to highest expected annual returns.

Total returns include a combination of future earnings-per-share growth, dividends, and any changes in the P/E multiple.

Dividend King #5: 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 King #4: National Fuel Gas (NFG)

National Fuel Gas Co. is a diversified energy company that operates in five business segments: Exploration & Production, Pipeline & Storage, Gathering, Utility, and Energy Marketing. The largest segment of the company is Exploration & Production. With 53 years of consecutive dividend increases, National Fuel Gas qualifies to be a Dividend King.

In early November, National Fuel Gas reported (11/1/23) financial results for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2023. The company grew its production 7% over the prior year’s quarter thanks to the development of core acreage positions in Appalachia. However, the average realized price of natural gas fell -18%, from $2.84 to $2.33.

As a result, adjusted earnings-per-share declined -34%, from $1.19 to $0.78, and missed the analysts’ consensus by $0.07. The company has beaten the analysts’ estimates in 15 of the last 18 quarters.

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

Dividend King #3: SJW Group (SJW)

SJW Group is a water utility company that produces, purchases, stores, purifies and distributes water to consumers and businesses in the Silicon Valley area of California, the area north of San Antonio, Texas, Connecticut, and Maine. SJW Group has a small real estate division that owns and develops properties for residential and warehouse customers in California and Tennessee. The company generates about $630 million in annual revenues.

On October 30th, 2023, SJW Group reported third quarter results for the period ending September 30th, 2023. For the quarter, revenue increased 16.4% to $204.8 million, which was $17.8 million better than expected. Earnings-per-share of $1.13 compared favorably to earnings-per-share of $0.82 in the prior year and was $0.18 above estimates.

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

Dividend King #2: 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 King #1: 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):

Analysis Reports On All 56 Dividend Kings

All the Dividend Kings are listed below by sector. You can access detailed coverage of each by clicking on the name of each Dividend King.

Additionally, you can download our newest Sure Analysis Research Database report for each Dividend King as well.

Basic Materials

Communication Services

Consumer Discretionary

Consumer Staples

Energy

Financial Services

Healthcare

Industrial

Real Estate

Utilities

Performance Of The Dividend Kings

The Dividend Kings under-performed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) in January 2024. Return data for the month is shown below:

Stable dividend growers like the Dividend Kings tend to underperform in bull markets and outperform on a relative basis during bear markets.

The Dividend Kings are not officially regulated and monitored by any one company. There’s no Dividend King ETF. This means that tracking the historical performance of the Dividend Kings can be difficult. More specifically, performance tracking of the Dividend Kings often introduces significant survivorship bias.

Survivorship bias occurs when one looks at only the companies that ‘survived’ the time period in question. In the case of Dividend Kings, this means that the performance study does not include ex-Kings that reduced their dividend, were acquired, etc.

But with that said, there is something to be gained from investigating the historical performance of the Dividend Kings. Specifically, the performance of the Dividend Kings shows that ‘boring’ established blue-chip stocks that increase their dividend year-after-year can significantly outperform over long periods of time.

Notes: S&P 500 performance is measured using the S&P 500 ETF (SPY). The Dividend Kings performance is calculated using an equal weighted portfolio of today’s Dividend Kings, rebalanced annually. Due to insufficient data, Farmers & Merchants Bancorp (FMCB) returns are from 2000 onward. Performance excludes previous Dividend Kings that ended their streak of dividend increases which creates notable lookback/survivorship bias. The data for this study is from Ycharts.

In the next section of this article, we will provide an overview of the sector and market capitalization characteristics of the Dividend Kings.

Sector & Market Capitalization Overview

The sector and market capitalization characteristics of the Dividend Kings are very different from the characteristics of the broader stock market.

The following bullet points show the number of Dividend Kings in each sector of the stock market.

The Dividend Kings are overweight in the Industrials, Consumer Staples, and Utilities sectors. Interestingly, The Dividend Kings have zero stocks from the Information Technology sector, which is the largest component of the S&P 500 index.

The Dividend Kings also have some interesting characteristics with respect to market capitalization. These trends are illustrated below.

Interestingly, 24 out of the 56 Dividend Kings have market capitalizations below $10 billion. This shows that corporate longevity doesn’t have to be accompanied by massive size.

Final Thoughts

Screening to find the best Dividend Kings is not the only way to find high-quality dividend growth stock ideas.

Sure Dividend maintains similar databases on the following useful universes of stocks:

There is nothing magical about investing in the Dividend Kings. They are simply a group of high-quality businesses with shareholder-friendly management teams that have strong competitive advantages.

Purchasing businesses with these characteristics at fair or better prices and holding them for long periods of time will likely result in strong long-term investment performance.

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