The June 2015 update to the UK Dividends Champions List is now available at DividendChampions.UK.
Not many changes this month; mostly updated yields and prices. However one company joined the 25-year Dividend Champion ranks, another joined the Contenders with 14-years of growth and a new 4-year Near-Challenger appeared. Two Investment Trusts were also added to the list.
Here’s an overview of the changes this month – the list increased by three.
|Champions (25+ years)||12||11|
|Challengers (10-24 years)||63||62|
|Contenders (5-9 years)||127||127|
|Near-Challengers (4 years)||68||67|
The Financial Year ranking isn’t as complete as the Calendar Year ranking, but it’s increasing as I research companies.
|Dividend Growth 25+ years||13||9|
|Dividend Growth 10-24 Years||56||51|
|Dividend Growth 5-9 Years||35||25|
|Dividend Growth 1 to 4 Years||34||27|
New Entries & Promotions
Cranswick plc – Promoted to Champion (26)
Cranswick plc was previously in the list as an 11-year challenger, however further research shows it’s actually had a 26-year growth history. Things look even better on an FY basis with a 35-year history as I couldn’t find CY data that far back.
Cranswick is a food producer and retailer, focusing on meat and poultry which it raises from its own farms. Primarily focused on the UK market with growing exports, its market cap is £790M.
Imperial Tobacco Group plc – Promoted to Contender (14)
Imperial Tobacco Group plc was previously a 5-year Challenger but it’s gained an additional 9 years of growth leaving it a 14-year Contender. FY History is a little better at 18-years.
Imperial Tobacco is, as you might expect, a tobacco company, currently the world’s fourth-largest after Philip Morris, British American Tobacco and Japan Tobacco. Its market cap is about £32B.
Bank of Georgia Holdings plc – New Near-Challenger (4)
Bank of Georgia Holdings plc is a new entry on the list after further research with a 4-year dividend growth history.
Bank of Georgia Holdings is a holding company for the Bank of Georgia which offers retail and corporate banking, wealth management, brokerage and insurance / healthcare services in Georgia. Its market cap is £738M.
Companies removed from the list
No companies were removed from the list this month.
Next month I’ll be removing IT funds from the Champions List so it’ll be only companies only. The “Equity Investment Instruments” sector will be removed. Not sure where to put the IT funds yet; I may just keep them online.
- Standard Life plc (SL.) had its growth length updated to 8-years based on new dividend information. The adjustments were 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 June.
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 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.
The List includes AIM-listed companies which may be more volatile than larger FTSE-listed companies. The List includes the index (Column C) and the Market Cap (Column O) which can be used to filter out smaller companies.
The latest version of the list is dated 02-Jun-15 – there was an earlier 01-Jun-15 version but I’d forgotten to update the FY sheet, so I replaced it before too many people noticed!
Well that’s it for June – sadly most of the research I did during May didn’t significantly update any CY stocks apart from the ones listed above. The FY data is coming along though.
Please let me know if you see any errors in the List, thank you!
Quote of the day
Don’t dream it. Do it!