UK Dividend Champions November 2016 Update

UK Dividend Champions November 2016 logo The UK Dividend Champions November 2016 edition is now available at DividendChampions.UK.

Hot of the heels of October’s catch-up list, November’s update includes a new 25-Year dividend champion. There was a net loss of two companies from the list.

Here’s an overview of the Calendar Year List changes this month. Three companies were removed from the list and one new company added for a net loss of two companies.

Category November October Changes
Champions (25+ years) 10 9 +1
Contenders (10-24 years) 61 63 -2
Challengers (5-9 years) 156 154 +2
Near-Challengers (4 years) 32 35 -3
Total 259 261 -2

New Entries to the List

There was 1 new entry this month .

Company Symbol New Rank
Advanced Medical Solutions Group plc AMS Near-Challenger (4)


The following companies were promoted to the next category

Company Symbol New Rank
National Grid plc NG. Champion (25)
Dunelm Group plc DNLM Contender (10)
Hikma Pharmaceuticals plc HIK Challenger (5)
Royal Dutch Shell plc RDSB Challenger (5)
Utilitywise plc UTW Challenger (5)

Companies removed from the List

Companies are removed from the list if they did not increase dividends based on their ex-divided dates for that calendar year. This month the following companies are removed.

Company Symbol Old Rank Notes
Imperial Brands Group plc IMB Contender (15) CY dividends cut due to changed payment schedule
StatPro Group plc SOG Contender (10) CY 2016 dividend freeze
easyJet plc EZJ Challenger (5) CY 2017 dividend cut


The following companies will likely be removed in the future but I’ve not had time to process them yet.

Company Symbol Old Rank Notes
SciSys PLC SSY Challenger (7) Interim dividend suspended
Connect Group PLC CNCT Challenger (6) 2015 H2 dividend cut from 6.6p to 6.3p

Other Updates

33 companies increased their dividend growth by 1 year in this month’s List although the increase did not result in a promotion. They can be found in the Summary tab of the List.

Sector Summary

This section shows the companies organized into their stock sectors and the changes in each category from last month.

Sector Champions Contenders Challengers Near-Challengers Total
Basic Materials 0 3 3 0 6
Consumer Goods 3 4 -1 14 2 23 -1
Consumer Services 1 8 +1 24 -1 5 -1 38 -1
Financials 2 17 46 8 73
Health Care 0 4 6 +1 1 11 +1
Industrials 3 21 45 +1 10 -1 79
Oil & Gas 0 0 3 +1 1 -1 4
Technology 0 2 -1 11 2 15 -1
Telecommunications 0 1 3 1 5
Utilities 1 +1 1 -1 1 2 5
Total 10 +1 61 -2 156 +2 32 -3 259

Financial Year Rankings

The Financial Year List is a work in progress and is not as complete as the Calendar Year List. However the dividend history data for these companies is more accurate and complete.

FY Category November October Changes
Dividend Growth 25+ years 16 16 0
Dividend Growth 10-24 Years 65 63 +2
Dividend Growth 5-9 Years 46 45 +1
Dividend Growth 1 to 4 Years 30 33 -3
Total 157 157

New FY Entries

The following companies were added to the FY Growth List.

Company Symbol Notes
Mattioli Woods plc MTW Added as a 10-year Contender
Consort Medical plc CSRT Added as a 1-year Near-Challenger

Deleted FY Entries

The following companies were removed from the FY Growth List.

Company Symbol Notes
Aberdeen Asian Smaller Companies IT plc AAS FY 2016 dividend freeze
Volga Gas plc VGAS FY 2016 dividend cancelled

Other FY Changes

The table below shows the other changes in the FY list this month for companies with 5+ years of growth.

Company Symbol Notes
Abcam plc ABC Increased to 11-year growth
Aberdeen New Dawn IT plc ADB Increased to 12-year growth
Animalcare Group plc ANCR Increased to 18-year growth
Ashtead Group plc AHT Increased to 11-year growth
Bloomsbury Publishing plc BMY Increased to 20-year growth
Brooks Macdonald plc BRK Increased to 12-year growth
Carr’s Group plc CARR Increased to 7-year growth
Daejan Holdings plc DJAN Increased to 7-year growth
Dechra Pharmaceuticals plc DPH Increased to 13-year growth
Dunelm Group plc DNLM Increased to 10-year growth
ECO Animal Health Group plc EAH Increased to 6-year growth
Genus plc GNS Increased to 15-year growth
Imperial Brands Group plc IMB Increased to 20-year growth
Iomart Group plc IOM Increased to 8-year growth
J. Smart & Co. plc SMJ Increased to 22-year growth
JD Sports Fashion plc JD. Increased to 12-year growth
TR European Growth Trust PLC TRG Increased to 14-year growth
Young & Co’s Brewery plc YNGA Increased to 21-year growth

Investment Trusts

The list contains Investment Trusts; you can easily identify them by filtering the Sector column “F” for Equity Investment Instruments, where you can either include or exclude them when viewing the list.

Fundamental Data

Entries in the list that have a “Founded” column have been manually researched and checked. The Dividend per Share and yield for these entries were calculated as of 2nd October.

Dividend yield is calculated based on the most recent dividend declarations divided by the current share price. Special dividends are also not included in yield or DPS calculations as a general rule (there are one or two exceptions), so actual yields may be higher.

All dividend history data that I have is posted on DividendChampions.UK. The Excel file limits the length to the last 15 years.

Please keep 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 and nothing in this post or the List is a recommendation to buy or sell.


The List includes AIM-listed companies which may be more volatile and unstable compared to larger FTSE-listed companies. To filter these out, you can use the index (Column C) and the Market Cap (Column O) to be more selective.

List Corrections

Current file version is dated 04-November-16.

04-November-16: Initial release.

Status update

The good: I’ve caught up on most of the 2016 dividend announcements. Still waiting for some to be declared in December.

The bad: There are many more companies left to research in more detail.


This is the ‘real’ November update with data from the 4th. I hope to return to more regular updates and make The List available on DividendChampions.UK on the first Sunday of the month even if I don’t blog about it.

Please let me know if you see any errors in the List, thank you!

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One thought on “UK Dividend Champions November 2016 Update”

  1. Thanks for the awesome detailed list!!! I will definitely be pouring through these when I am looking for investments next quarter. I normal add one stock a year to my Roth IRA so I will have to do some research 🙂

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