Contributed by: Joseph Zappia, CIMA, Principal, LVW Advisors
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Many companies around the world resumed paying dividends last year as COVID-19 vaccines were rolled out and businesses reopened. Capital Group Equity portfolio manager Caroline Randall keeps a close watch over dividend payers, but she’s especially interested in dividend growers.
“I’m very focused on companies with strong underlying earnings growth that have demonstrated a commitment to raise dividends over time,” Randall says. “Increasing dividend payouts can be seen as a signal of management’s confidence in future earnings growth.”
But can past earnings growth suggest solid return potential for investors? Consider the following hypothetical illustrations.
The charts below show the returns for hypothetical $100,000 investments in three historically consistent dividend growers — McDonald’s, Nestlé and Samsung — for the 20 years ended December 31, 2021. See the year-end results and how those initial investments would have fared over the two decades, with all dividends reinvested.
Looking at McDonalds, that initial $100,000 would have grown to $1,096,626 by 2021.
Looking at Samsung, that initial $100,000 would have grown to $1,742,504 by 2021.
Looking at Nestlé, that initial $100,000 would have grown to $694,518 by 2021.
“Dividend growers historically have tended to generate greater returns than other dividend strategies, while also keeping up with the broader market,” Randall adds.
The key to those strong returns is in the reinvestment of dividends.
In the case of Nestlé, reinvested dividends would have generated 36% of the total investment value, or $248,301, over 20 years.
McDonald’s, reinvested dividends would have generated 40% of the total investment value, or $439,780.
Samsung, reinvested dividends would have generated 28% of the total investment value, or $491,546
Of course, not all dividend-paying companies have kept pace with the broader market, and past results aren’t predictive of future outcomes. But the illustration suggests that dividend growers may be a good option for long-term investors who seek increasing income and inflation protection.
Source: Caroline Randall. “What $100k could have become in 20 years.” Capital Group Insights, August 10, 2022.
Caroline Randall is an equity portfolio manager with 24 years of experience (as of 12/31/2021). She also covers European utilities as an analyst. She holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees in economics from Cambridge.
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