The May 2015 update to the UK Dividends Champions List is now available at DividendChampions.UK.
Most of the changes this month are updating yields and prices so there aren’t too many changes. However 4 companies joined the ranks of Contenders (10+ years) and 2 companies departed the Challengers (5+ years).
Here’s an overview of the changes this month – there was a net loss as only one company joined the list and two were removed.
|Champions (25+ years)||11||11|
|Challengers (10-24 years)||62||58|
|Contenders (5-9 years)||127||132|
|Near-Contenders (4 years)||67||67|
The Financial Year ranking isn’t as complete as the Calendar Year ranking, but it’s slowly increasing as I research companies.
|Dividend Growth 25+ years||9||8|
|Dividend Growth 10-24 Years||51||46|
|Dividend Growth 5-9 Years||25||17|
|Dividend Growth 1 to 4 Years||27||22|
New Entries & Promotions
Next plc – Promoted to Contender (22)
Next plc is a clothing, footwear and home products retailer operating around 740 stores worldwide, although the majority (539) are in the UK and Ireland.
Aberdeen New Dawn Investment Trust plc – Promoted to Contender (10)
ABD plc is an actively managed fund that aims to provide shareholders with a high level of capital growth through equity investment in the Asia Pacific countries excluding Japan.
Beazley plc – Promoted to Contender (12)
Beazley plc is a specialist insurance company which offers Life, Accident/Health, Marine and Political/Contingency insurance.
Brunner Investment Trust plc – New Contender (15)
Brunner Investment Trust plc is an actively managed mutual fund with the objective to increase its total return above the benchmark index of 50% FTSE All-Share and 50% FTSE All-World Index over the long term, by investing in UK and international securities.
Companies removed from the list
The following companies were removed from the list this month. Companies are removed if they fail to increase their calendar year dividend or are delisted. The Summary tab in the List contains some more details on the particular reason for the deletion.
- IMI plc (IMI) (5) – Stock split in 2014 eliminates growth.
- Mondi plc (MNDI) (5) – Exchange rates shortened growth to 2 years.
- BATS, BNKR, CNA, DOM, HL., IPF and MGGT had their growth lengths corrected based on new dividend information. The adjustments did not large enough for a promotion or demotion however.
Entries in the list that have a “Founded” column have been manually researched and checked. The Dividend per Share and yield for these entries should be accurate as of 1st May.
Dividend yield is calculated as the last 12 months of most recent dividend declarations divided by the current share price. Special dividends are also not included in yield or DPS calculations, so actual yields may be higher.
All dividend history data that I have is posted on DividendChampions.UK.
Please kind in mind that the fundamental data will get increasingly out of date as the month progresses. You should always perform your own research and due diligence on any potential stock purchase.
Well that’s it for May – I’ll be continuing to do further research to improve the list accuracy and scope for next month’s update.
Please let me know if you see any errors in the List, thank you!
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