Dividend Champion Portfolio March Update

The High Yield Dividend Champion Portfolio is a publicly tracked stock portfolio on Scott’s Investments.  Its goal is to capture quality high yield stocks with a history of raising dividends.

The screening process for this portfolio starts with the “Dividend Champions” as compiled by DRIP Investing. The list is comprised of stocks that have increased their dividend payout for at least 25 consecutive years.  Stocks are then ranked on yield, P/E and 3 year dividend growth rate and assigned an overall rank.

Stocks are sold on the re-balance date (generally around the 5th of the month) when they drop out of the top 15 (to limit turnover) and are replaced with the next highest rated stock.

The top 25 stocks are below and displayed in order of their overall ranking (figures are from the end of February):

Name Symbol Yield P/E 3-yr
Target Corp. TGT 4.08 10.78 13.7
Altria Group Inc. MO 3.26 10.26 8.6
T. Rowe Price Group TROW 3.2 14.93 12.4
VF Corp. VFC 3.2 18.8 18.7
Helmerich & Payne Inc. HP 4.1 999 28.8
AT&T Inc. T 4.69 19.9 2.2
Consolidated Edison ED 3.58 18.7 2.9
Old Republic International ORI 3.67 12.94 1.4
Weyco Group Inc. WEYS 3.07 19.15 5.8
Eagle Financial Services EFSI 3.2 15.19 2.6
Coca-Cola Company KO 3.53 28.16 7.7
ExxonMobil Corp. XOM 3.69 43.26 6.6
National Retail Properties NNN 4.02 38.02 3.6
Universal Corp. UVV 3.19 19.12 2
Genuine Parts Co. GPC 2.82 20.85 6.4
Emerson Electric EMR 3.19 23.48 4.7
Kimberly-Clark Corp. KMB 2.93 22.13 6.2
Sonoco Products Co. SON 2.78 18.91 5.9
Archer Daniels Midland ADM 2.73 21.65 16.4
Vectren Corp. VVC 2.98 22.01 4.4
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. WMT 2.88 16.16 3.3
McDonald’s Corp. MCD 2.95 23.29 5
Mercury General Corp. MCY 4.25 44.42 0.4
Chevron Corp. CVX 3.84 999 3.2
Leggett & Platt Inc. LEG 2.77 18.77 4.1

 

There is turnover in one position this month. Kimberly-Clark (KMB) will be sold for a one month capital gain of 10.01% since its original purchase date of 2/6/2017.  Proceeds from the sale will be used to purchase Weyco Group Inc. (WEYS).

The current portfolio is below:

Position Initial Purchase Date Cost Basis Current Value Percentage Gain/Loss Excluding Dividends
VFC 12/7/2016 $26,973.30 $24,731.40 -8.31%
ED 12/7/2016 $27,459.90 $29,889.60 8.85%
ORI 4/4/2014 $18,571.90 $23,277.85 25.34%
KO 12/7/2016 $26,962.37 $27,419.47 1.70%
TGT 6/3/2016 $26,842.15 $21,559.74 -19.68%
MO 1/7/2016 $23,256.00 $30,440.00 30.89%
TROW 7/5/2016 $21,405.00 $21,270.00 -0.63%
HP 10/6/2014 $27,586.90 $23,314.17 -15.49%
WEYS 3/7/2017 $30,257.28 $30,257.28 0.00%
T 3/7/2016 $24,784.50 $27,222.00 9.83%

 

The portfolio equity curve is below:

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