Introduction

The Dividend Champions list is a monthly compilation of companies which have consistently increased their annual dividend payouts, and the latest edition may be found here. However, since this list is only produced once per month, the data in it can quickly get out of date. Furthermore, with over 750 companies on the list, the sheer amount of data can quickly become overwhelming. In this weekly series, I highlight recent and upcoming dividend related activity for companies holding Challenger (5-9 years) status.

In the data presented below, Yield is forward annualized and Years reflects the up-to-date streak, including dividends declared since the last edition of the Dividend Champions list.

Dividend Changes

In the past week, the following companies on the Challengers list declared dividends which changed from their previous payouts.

Increases:

None

Decreases:

None

Last Chance to Buy

These companies have ex-dividend dates approaching. The following tables indicate the last day you can buy these stocks in order to be eligible for the upcoming dividend. Tables are sorted alphabetically by symbol.

Monday, Sept. 7

Markets closed in observance of Labor Day

Tuesday, Sept. 8 (Ex-Div 9/9)

Company

Symbol

Pay Date

Payout

Price

Yield

Years

CNO Financial Group Inc.

(CNO)

9/24

0.12

17.27

2.78%

9

Medical Properties Trust Inc.

(MPW)

10/8

0.27

18.4

5.87%

7

United Bancorp Inc.

(UBCP)

9/18

0.1425

11.74

4.86%

7

Wednesday, Sept. 9 (Ex-Div 9/10)

Company

Symbol

Pay Date

Payout

Price

Yield

Years

Air Lease Corp.

(AL)

10/9

0.15

32.14

1.87%

8

Amerisafe Inc.

(AMSF)

9/25

0.27

65.66

1.64%

8

Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc.

(DKS)

9/25

0.3125

54.9

2.28%

6

Exponent Inc.

(EXPO)

9/25

0.19

76.45

0.99%

8

Flushing Financial Corp.

(FFIC)

9/25

0.21

12.61

6.66%

6

First Horizon National Corp.

(FHN)

10/1

0.15

9.96

6.02%

9

ITT Inc.

(ITT)

10/5

0.169

62.96

1.07%

8

Nasdaq Inc.

(NDAQ)

9/25

0.49

130.29

1.50%

9

Northern Trust Corp.

(NTRS)

10/1

0.7

84.45

3.32%

8

TriCo Bancshares

(TCBK)

9/25

0.22

28.25

3.12%

7

Unity Bancorp Inc.

(UNTY)

9/25

0.08

13.13

2.44%

7

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Thursday, Sept. 10 (Ex-Div 9/11)

Company

Symbol

Pay Date

Payout

Price

Yield

Years

Capital City Bank Group

(CCBG)

9/28

0.14

20.7

2.71%

7

Friday, Sept. 11 (Ex-Div 9/14)

Company

Symbol

Pay Date

Payout

Price

Yield

Years

Amphenol Corp.

(APH)

10/7

0.25

108.45

0.92%

8

BancorpSouth Bank

(BXS)

10/1

0.185

22.34

3.31%

7

Crown Castle International Corp

(CCI)

9/30

1.2

160.59

2.99%

6

C&F Financial Corp.

(CFFI)

10/1

0.38

31.26

4.86%

8

CSG Systems International Inc.

(CSGS)

9/28

0.235

40.88

2.30%

8

Domino’s Pizza Inc.

(DPZ)

9/30

0.78

381.81

0.82%

8

Enterprise Financial Services Corp.

(EFSC)

9/30

0.18

31.38

2.29%

6

Evans Bancorp Inc.

(EVBN)

10/6

0.58

23.2

5.00%

9

Gilead Sciences Inc.

(GILD)

9/29

0.68

66.01

4.12%

6

Hawthorn Bancshares Inc.

(HWBK)

10/1

0.12

18.98

2.53%

8

Merck & Company

(MRK)

10/7

0.61

85.24

2.86%

9

National Storage Affiliates Trust

(NSA)

9/30

0.34

34.16

3.98%

6

NexPoint Residential Trust Inc.

(NXRT)

9/30

0.3125

40.44

3.09%

5

Packaging Corp. of America

(PKG)

10/15

0.79

106.55

2.97%

9

PS Business Parks Inc.

(PSB)

9/30

1.05

125.39

3.35%

6

Simmons First National Corp.

(SFNC)

10/5

0.17

17.41

3.91%

9

Summit Financial Group, Inc.

(SMMF)

9/30

0.17

15.87

4.28%

6

United Community Banks Inc.

(UCBI)

10/5

0.18

18.77

3.84%

7

Money on the Way

The following companies have dividend pay dates in the upcoming week (Tuesday through the following Monday). Check if you want your DRIPs to reinvest at these yields… or take the cash and go have a steak dinner!

Company

Symbol

Pay Date

Payout

Yield

Argo Group International Holdings Ltd.

(ARGO)

9/11

0.31

3.3%

Barnes Group Inc.

(B)

9/10

0.16

1.7%

Brunswick Corp.

(BC)

9/11

0.24

1.6%

Cathay General Bancorp

(CATY)

9/11

0.31

5.0%

Cabot Corp.

(CBT)

9/11

0.35

3.6%

CDW Corp.

(CDW)

9/10

0.38

1.3%

Energizer Holdings, Inc.

(ENR)

9/10

0.3

2.6%

Exelon Corporation

(EXC)

9/10

0.3825

4.1%

Fidelity D & D Bancorp, Inc.

(FDBC)

9/10

0.28

2.4%

W. R. Grace & Co.

(GRA)

9/10

0.3

2.8%

Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc.

(HII)

9/11

1.03

2.8%

Hennessy Advisors Inc.

(HNNA)

9/10

0.1375

6.1%

Kinsale Capital Group, Inc.

(KNSL)

9/14

0.09

0.2%

Eli Lilly & Company

(LLY)

9/10

0.74

2.0%

MetLife Inc.

(MET)

9/14

0.46

4.7%

Otter Tail Corp.

(OTTR)

9/10

0.37

3.9%

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Conclusion

I hope you found this article useful. Please let me know if you have any ideas for improving the format or data included in this series.

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