Thursday, December 29, 2011


Summary 2011 Dividend Machines

Dividend Machine is the name I give a stock that meets four basic criteria.  During the past year, I profiled fifty two stocks, one per week.  Each stock profiled met all four criteria at the time I wrote about the company.

This group of fifty two stocks is my 2011 DIVIDEND MACHINE PORTFOLIO.   In this post, I provide a review of the 2011 Dividend Machine Portfolio.   In the future, I will follow this portfolio and periodically report on the performance.

Four Dividend Machine Criteria:

  1. Pay at least a three percent dividend
  2. Earn more than the dividend payout
  3. Increased the dividend every year for at least five years
  4. Debt to equity (D/E ratio) 1 or less or not greater than the industry average

Characteristics of the fifty two 2011 Dividend Machines:

This theoretical portfolio is based on buying 100 shares each of fifty two stocks.  I selected one stock per week that met all four criteria without regard to any other factor such as price earnings ratio, recent news, or need for diversification.  You can see a list of these stocks and review the post describing them by clicking on the 2011 portfolio page at the top of this blog.

  1. Amount invested = $207,118
  2. Price range = $9.27 - $93.37
  3. Average Dividend yield = 4%
  4. Average payout ratio (dividend/earnings) = $52.49%

Industry Diversification:

Although I did not try to create a portfolio with industry diversification in mind, I was surprised to find the degree of diversification this selection technique created.

  •     Nine Utilities
  •     Six Processed & Packaged Goods including Personal Products
  •     Five Electronics
  •     Four Oil, gas or chemicals
  •     Four Machinery & Manufacturing
  •     Four Financials – banks, asset management, insurers
  •     Three Telecommunications
  •     Three Medical instrumentation & supplies
  •     Three Aerospace
  •     Two Pharmaceuticals
  •     Two Waste Management
  •     Seven Other individual industries

Diversification by Market Capitalization:

Similarly, I did not try to select these stocks based on small cap. or big cap.  and again, I was surprised by the level of diversification this technique produced.

  •      Thirteen small cap. companies (up to 2 billion)
  •          Sixteen mid cap. companies (2-10 billion)
  •      Sixteen large cap. companies (10-100 billion)
  •      Seven mega cap. companies (greater than 200 billion)

Performance and other events:

Using closing prices on 12/23/2011, the 2011 dividend machine portfolio posted a $16,676 gain for an 8.05% gain.  The portfolio earns $15,819; these stocks pay out $8,300 in dividends based on the most recent quarterly dividend.  Other events are provided below.

  • Five stocks no longer qualify as a dividend machine because they used special dividends to create increased dividends instead of providing a steady annual increase. 
  • Twenty nine companies have already increased their dividend
  •  Eleven companies will have to increase their next quarter dividend or they will violate the requirement of increasing every year.
  • Two companies no longer pay a 3 percent dividend yield due to price appreciation:  Travelers (TRV) and Harleysville Group (HGIC)
  •  Three companies no longer qualify because their D/E ratio is greater than one or greater than the industry standard.  Lockheed Martin (LMT) D/E 2.39, General Mills (GIS) and Hasbro (HAS).  The remaining 49 companies have acceptable D/E ratios.

I will keep this portfolio intact and follow its performance for as long as I write this blog.  My preliminary opinion is that using these four criteria to select a portfolio of dividend stocks is an easy way to build a diversified income portfolio of dividend stocks.