Dividend Champions

This is the current list of Dividend Champions. These are companies that have increased their dividend payment for at least 25 consecutive years. Unlike dividend aristocrats the only requirement for being a dividend champion is that the company has increased its dividend for at least 25 consecutive years. Learn how dividend champions are the silver to a dividend aristocrat's gold.

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Consensus Rating
CompanyCurrent PriceDividend YieldAnnual PayoutPayout Ratio3-Year Dividend GrowthYears of Dividend GrowthEx-Dividend Date
MMM
3M
$148.48
+0.7%
4.01 %$5.9683.24 %2.86 %65N/A
AOS
A. O. Smith
$61.50
+1.5%
1.82 %$1.1234.36 %11.73 %30N/A
ABT
Abbott Laboratories
$109.00
-0.2%
1.72 %$1.8839.25 %16.20 %50N/A
ABBV
AbbVie
$140.34
+1.6%
4.02 %$5.6479.89 %N/A50N/A
ABM
ABM Industries
$44.70
+0.5%
1.74 %$0.7836.62 %2.76 %55N/A
AFL
Aflac
$59.58
+0.3%
2.69 %$1.6024.13 %10.15 %398/23/2022
APD
Air Products and Chemicals
$261.77
-0.3%
2.48 %$6.4863.16 %10.89 %419/30/2022
ALB
Albemarle
$244.84
+2.8%
0.65 %$1.5871.17 %5.20 %299/15/2022
AMCR
Amcor
$12.39
+1.0%
3.87 %$0.4877.42 %N/A39N/A
AWR
American States Water
$87.70
-0.1%
1.66 %$1.4665.47 %9.72 %698/12/2022
ATR
AptarGroup
$107.27
+1.5%
1.42 %$1.5244.31 %4.35 %29N/A
ADM
Archer-Daniels-Midland
$82.49
-0.3%
1.94 %$1.6025.20 %3.37 %498/16/2022
ATO
Atmos Energy
$114.60
+0.6%
2.37 %$2.7249.28 %8.92 %388/19/2022
ADP
Automatic Data Processing
$248.61
+0.6%
1.67 %$4.1659.34 %N/A479/8/2022
BMI
Badger Meter
$97.12
+1.0%
0.82 %$0.8036.53 %10.72 %30N/A
BANF
BancFirst
$110.83
+1.7%
1.30 %$1.4430.44 %N/A29N/A
OZK
Bank OZK
$40.70
+0.4%
3.14 %$1.2829.84 %12.52 %27N/A
BDX
Becton, Dickinson and
$255.97
+0.7%
1.36 %$3.4860.00 %3.62 %509/8/2022
BKH
Black Hills
$74.66
+0.3%
3.19 %$2.3857.35 %5.87 %528/17/2022
BRC
Brady
$46.87
+0.3%
1.92 %$0.9034.22 %1.95 %37N/A
BRO
Brown & Brown
$65.28
+0.6%
0.63 %$0.4118.98 %7.60 %288/9/2022
CWT
California Water Service Group
$59.90
+0.2%
1.67 %$1.0060.61 %7.05 %56N/A
CATC
Cambridge Bancorp
$83.32
+0.8%
3.07 %$2.5633.68 %N/A25N/A
CAH
Cardinal Health
$61.49
0.0%
3.22 %$1.9830.18 %1.17 %36N/A
CSL
Carlisle Companies
$302.70
+0.7%
0.71 %$2.1614.93 %11.42 %478/17/2022
CARR
Carrier Global
$41.94
+0.1%
1.43 %$0.6019.11 %N/A28N/A
CAT
Caterpillar
$185.81
+0.2%
2.58 %$4.8038.40 %9.07 %29N/A
CVX
Chevron
$153.41
-0.1%
3.70 %$5.6837.89 %5.83 %358/18/2022
CB
Chubb
$186.56
+0.7%
1.78 %$3.3220.02 %3.12 %30N/A
CHD
Church & Dwight
$87.63
+0.7%
1.20 %$1.0533.33 %5.10 %278/12/2022
CINF
Cincinnati Financial
$98.34
+1.1%
2.81 %$2.7685.71 %5.93 %62N/A
CTAS
Cintas
$425.61
+0.5%
0.89 %$3.8032.62 %18.37 %408/12/2022
CL
Colgate-Palmolive
$80.81
+0.5%
2.33 %$1.8881.39 %2.55 %59N/A
ED
Consolidated Edison
$98.50
+1.3%
3.21 %$3.1669.15 %2.72 %488/16/2022
CFR
Cullen/Frost Bankers
$131.26
-0.2%
2.29 %$3.0046.08 %4.45 %308/30/2022
DCI
Donaldson
$54.72
+0.2%
1.68 %$0.9236.65 %5.07 %378/15/2022
DOV
Dover
$134.50
+0.3%
1.49 %$2.0025.45 %1.55 %678/30/2022
ECL
Ecolab
$164.71
-1.1%
1.24 %$2.0453.13 %4.89 %309/19/2022
EMR
Emerson Electric
$90.03
-0.4%
2.29 %$2.0643.10 %1.44 %658/11/2022
EPD
Enterprise Products Partners
$25.95
+1.0%
7.32 %$1.9085.59 %1.63 %26N/A
WTRG
Essential Utilities
$50.69
-0.1%
2.11 %$1.0762.94 %N/A318/11/2022
ESS
Essex Property Trust
$280.83
+0.7%
3.13 %$8.80148.90 %3.96 %29N/A
ES
Eversource Energy
$90.93
+0.6%
2.80 %$2.5566.58 %6.06 %25N/A
EXPD
Expeditors International of Washington
$103.10
-0.4%
1.30 %$1.3414.77 %N/A29N/A
XOM
Exxon Mobil
$88.95
+0.6%
3.96 %$3.5238.51 %2.61 %388/11/2022
FDS
FactSet Research Systems
$423.55
+0.1%
0.84 %$3.5634.94 %9.21 %258/30/2022
FRT
Federal Realty Investment Trust
$107.12
+1.3%
4.00 %$4.28123.70 %1.78 %559/21/2022
FELE
Franklin Electric
$92.29
+0.7%
0.85 %$0.7820.97 %N/A31N/A
BEN
Franklin Resources
$27.85
+0.7%
4.17 %$1.1634.52 %-34.11 %41N/A
GD
General Dynamics
$225.79
-1.3%
2.23 %$5.0442.64 %8.56 %3210/6/2022
GPC
Genuine Parts
$151.90
+0.6%
2.36 %$3.5846.37 %4.22 %67N/A
GGG
Graco
$67.80
+0.4%
1.24 %$0.8433.07 %11.49 %25N/A
HRL
Hormel Foods
$49.02
+0.2%
2.12 %$1.0459.43 %8.80 %56N/A
ITW
Illinois Tool Works
$209.32
-0.7%
2.33 %$4.8857.89 %9.86 %529/29/2022
IBM
International Business Machines
$132.61
+0.1%
4.98 %$6.60107.14 %1.79 %288/9/2022
JKHY
Jack Henry & Associates
$210.93
-0.1%
0.93 %$1.9640.16 %N/A33N/A
JNJ
Johnson & Johnson
$170.20
-0.5%
2.66 %$4.5265.79 %5.78 %618/22/2022
KMB
Kimberly-Clark
$134.29
+0.7%
3.46 %$4.6487.71 %4.46 %519/8/2022
LANC
Lancaster Colony
$139.09
+0.9%
2.30 %$3.2095.81 %N/A60N/A
LEG
Leggett & Platt
$40.51
0.0%
4.34 %$1.7661.97 %3.44 %52N/A
LECO
Lincoln Electric
$141.90
-0.5%
1.58 %$2.2436.78 %N/A279/29/2022
LIN
Linde
$300.98
-0.3%
1.55 %$4.6867.83 %N/A319/1/2022
LOW
Lowe's Companies
$201.84
+1.4%
2.08 %$4.2034.23 %17.49 %48N/A
MATW
Matthews International
$25.69
+0.2%
3.43 %$0.88-123.94 %N/A27N/A
MKC
McCormick & Company, Incorporated
$89.18
+1.0%
1.66 %$1.4858.50 %9.28 %36N/A
MCD
McDonald's
$256.80
-0.9%
2.15 %$5.5267.98 %7.81 %468/31/2022
MDU
MDU Resources Group
$29.07
-0.4%
2.99 %$0.8754.04 %2.45 %26N/A
MDT
Medtronic
$93.58
+0.3%
2.91 %$2.7272.92 %8.01 %46N/A
MGEE
MGE Energy
$82.07
-0.1%
1.89 %$1.5553.82 %N/A47N/A
MSA
MSA Safety
$127.63
+1.0%
1.44 %$1.84180.39 %5.51 %528/15/2022
NFG
National Fuel Gas
$70.06
-1.7%
2.71 %$1.9035.32 %2.31 %53N/A
NNN
National Retail Properties
$46.57
+1.0%
4.72 %$2.20129.41 %2.50 %34N/A
NJR
New Jersey Resources
$44.88
+0.4%
3.23 %$1.4563.32 %7.15 %279/23/2022
NEE
NextEra Energy
$87.52
-0.5%
1.94 %$1.70129.77 %11.53 %288/29/2022
NDSN
Nordson
$232.35
+0.3%
0.88 %$2.0424.79 %N/A59N/A
NWN
Northwest Natural
$52.33
-0.4%
3.69 %$1.9377.51 %0.53 %66N/A
NUE
Nucor
$136.55
-0.1%
1.46 %$2.006.14 %3.65 %49N/A
ORI
Old Republic International
$22.47
-0.4%
4.09 %$0.9228.57 %45.04 %42N/A
OTIS
Otis Worldwide
$79.28
-0.1%
1.46 %$1.1639.86 %N/A298/18/2022
PNR
Pentair
$50.36
+2.5%
1.67 %$0.8424.93 %15.19 %46N/A
PEP
PepsiCo
$173.85
-0.4%
2.65 %$4.6069.28 %5.79 %519/1/2022
PEP
PepsiCo
$173.85
-0.4%
2.65 %$4.6069.28 %5.79 %519/1/2022
PII
Polaris
$117.03
+1.7%
2.19 %$2.5659.53 %1.64 %288/31/2022
PPG
PPG Industries
$128.29
+0.7%
1.84 %$2.3651.75 %6.71 %518/9/2022
RTX
Raytheon Technologies
$91.20
-2.0%
2.41 %$2.2073.58 %N/A308/18/2022
O
Realty Income
$73.26
+0.7%
4.05 %$2.97280.19 %2.54 %28N/A
RNR
RenaissanceRe
$127.70
+1.9%
1.16 %$1.48-6.81 %2.94 %289/14/2022
RLI
RLI
$109.96
+0.8%
0.95 %$1.0427.96 %16.93 %48N/A
ROP
Roper Technologies
$431.01
-0.2%
0.58 %$2.489.23 %10.72 %29N/A
RPM
RPM International
$89.69
+1.0%
1.78 %$1.6042.22 %5.54 %48N/A
SPGI
S&P Global
$378.12
+0.4%
0.90 %$3.4025.34 %N/A508/25/2022
SEIC
SEI Investments
$55.89
+0.5%
1.43 %$0.8019.18 %N/A31N/A
SJW
SJW Group
$65.40
+0.1%
2.20 %$1.4482.76 %6.69 %56N/A
SON
Sonoco Products
$61.72
+1.0%
3.18 %$1.9645.79 %3.57 %418/9/2022
SBSI
Southside Bancshares
$39.52
-0.9%
3.44 %$1.3640.72 %N/A298/17/2022
SWK
Stanley Black & Decker
$96.93
+1.0%
3.26 %$3.1651.13 %4.92 %559/2/2022
SCL
Stepan
$108.57
0.0%
1.23 %$1.3420.58 %10.56 %268/30/2022
SYK
Stryker
$217.32
+0.7%
1.28 %$2.7851.20 %10.23 %299/29/2022
SYY
Sysco
$86.74
+0.6%
2.26 %$1.96101.03 %8.16 %54N/A
TROW
T. Rowe Price Group
$127.77
+2.1%
3.76 %$4.8046.33 %37.76 %369/14/2022
TGT
Target
$166.97
+0.5%
2.16 %$3.6029.85 %7.84 %528/16/2022
TDS
Telephone and Data Systems
$17.08
+5.4%
4.22 %$0.7282.76 %3.03 %49N/A
ANDE
Andersons
$37.90
-0.1%
1.90 %$0.7218.95 %N/A25N/A
CLX
Clorox
$144.58
+3.9%
3.26 %$4.72126.88 %6.13 %54N/A
KO
Coca-Cola
$62.97
-0.7%
2.79 %$1.7679.64 %2.50 %619/15/2022
FLIC
First of Long Island
$19.13
+1.0%
4.18 %$0.8041.67 %N/A26N/A
SJM
J. M. Smucker
$133.16
+0.1%
2.97 %$3.9667.92 %5.06 %268/11/2022
PG
Procter & Gamble
$145.27
+0.4%
2.51 %$3.6562.82 %6.17 %66N/A
SHW
Sherwin-Williams
$240.49
+1.4%
1.00 %$2.4036.09 %24.26 %448/18/2022
UGI
UGI
$39.99
-0.2%
3.60 %$1.4423.00 %9.84 %369/14/2022
UBSI
United Bankshares
$38.11
-0.8%
3.78 %$1.4455.81 %N/A47N/A
VFC
V.F.
$45.58
-0.2%
4.39 %$2.0077.82 %1.39 %489/9/2022
WPC
W. P. Carey
$85.31
+0.8%
4.97 %$4.24154.18 %0.93 %26N/A
GWW
W.W. Grainger
$562.29
+1.1%
1.22 %$6.8827.14 %6.03 %52N/A
WBA
Walgreens Boots Alliance
$39.48
+1.2%
4.84 %$1.9130.81 %N/A478/18/2022
WMT
Walmart
$127.61
+0.8%
1.76 %$2.2448.17 %1.89 %498/11/2022
WST
West Pharmaceutical Services
$339.36
-0.7%
0.21 %$0.727.99 %-3.57 %29N/A
WABC
Westamerica Bancorporation
$58.95
-0.2%
2.85 %$1.6849.27 %N/A29N/A

Dividend champions are a group of stocks that consist of companies that have increased their dividends for at least 25 consecutive years. Investing in these companies takes the guesswork out of selecting quality dividend stocks and allows investors to build wealth over time. These companies demonstrate a commitment to building shareholder value by prioritizing raising the payout on their dividend. Currently there are 147 companies that are dividend aristocrats.

To achieve the status of dividend champion a company must meet the sole criteria of increasing its dividend for at least 25 consecutive years. This makes them similar to dividend kings who also have the sole requirement of increasing the dividend. However, dividend kings are a much more exclusive club of companies that have increased their dividend for 50 years.

In this article we’ll explain the significance of dividends and why dividend champions are an appealing option for investors.

  1. Their stock must be listed on the S&P 500
  2. They must have at least 25 consecutive years of dividend increases
  3. They must meet certain market cap and liquidity requirements. Currently, a company must have a float-adjusted market cap of at least $3 billion (meaning these are large-cap companies). In terms of liquidity, a dividend aristocrat should have an average trading volume of at least $5 million.

What is a Dividend?

Let’s start by briefly reviewing what a dividend is and its role in a balanced investment strategy. To do this, it helps to start with the basics. When you buy stock in a company, you are taking an ownership stake in the company. The company can reward you in several ways. The one that investors think about the most is share price appreciation (i.e. capital gains). You buy stock in a company at one price hoping that the stock price will be higher at the point in the future when you need the money. In a perfect world, you buy low and sell high.

But the stock market is far from a perfect world. As many shareholders know stock prices don’t move in the same direction all the time. And when they move lower, it can be difficult to watch the value of your portfolio fall sharply, even if it is only on paper.

That’s why it’s important to understand the role of dividends and dividend stocks as a way to build wealth. Another way that some companies reward shareholders is by paying them a portion of their profits in the form of a dividend.  Many companies pay a dividend every three months (i.e. a quarterly dividend). That means that investors earn this dividend on a regular schedule no matter what is happening with the company’s stock price.

Why Do Companies Pay a Dividend?

Many of the companies that pay a dividend fit into the category of value stocks. These are companies that for a variety of reasons have some limits on their growth. For example many of these companies are what are known as large-cap companies. These companies have large market capitalizations. What that means to investors is that these are companies that generate consistent revenue and earnings per share (EPS). They generally have very sound balance sheets and generate significant free cash flow (FCF).

The downside of this consistency is that the companies don’t deliver the same growth as companies that are involved in disruptive technology. And for that reason the stock price of these companies tends to underperform the overall market.

To help offset this relative lack of stock price appreciation, these companies will help increase their shareholders total return by issuing a dividend.

Dividends Help Increase Total Return

The total return on an investment includes interest, capital gains, dividends and other distributions that an investment generates over a period of time. If a company doesn’t issue a dividend, the total return of that investment is almost exclusively limited to capital gains. When the market is going up, these stocks can outperform the market. However when the market is in a correction or a bear market, the total return on these stocks can be significantly lower than broader market.

By contrast, dividend stocks offer investors a dividend in addition to the opportunity for capital gains. This has a smoothing effect on many portfolios. While these stocks may not outperform the market in terms of capital gains, the dividends can help move them closer. But these stocks really shine in times of market downturns. In this case, the stocks tend to perform “less badly” than growth stocks. In addition, the “rent” that investors collect from the dividend can help trim losses even more.

That’s because in most cases, investors have the ability to reinvest their dividends. This increases the amount of stock an investor owns which increases their capital gains as well as increasing their dividend payout. This creates a wealth-building cycle.

The Significance of Dividend Aristocrats

Some companies pay consistent dividends. Utility companies, for example, are highly regulated so there is a ceiling on how much revenue and earnings they can generate. But a consequence of that is these companies may not generate enough of a profit margin to increase their dividend.

The best of both worlds for dividend investors is companies that are not only paying a consistent dividend, but also increasing that dividend. This helps boost an investor’s total return and can be a way to offset the effect of inflation on an investment.

Dividend aristocrats prioritize increasing its dividend over time. That makes them attractive to investors who have a low risk tolerance and are looking to build wealth slowly over time. And owning stocks of dividend aristocrats can also help investors generate income in retirement when wealth preservation becomes a primary goal.

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