The earnings reports keep rolling in, and though the season is winding down for companies announcing quarterly results, there were plenty of high-profile names reporting results — and more importantly for dividend seekers, boosting payouts.
Though the week’s news was dominated by the Federal Reserve, the European Central Bank and the July employment report, we can’t neglect the growing number of companies boosting payouts to shareholders. 18 companies made it onto our Companies Increasing Dividends list this week:
Behemoth natural gas and midstream energy firm Access Midstream Partners LP (NYSE:ACMP), formerly known as Chesapeake Midstream Partners, turned up the heat on its quarterly distribution by 3.7% to 42 cents per unit. The new distribution will be payable on Aug. 14 to unitholders of record as of Aug. 7. The new dividend yield, based on the July 30 closing price of $28.46 (the day the distribution was announced), is 5.9%.
Holding company Alliance Holdings Group (NASDAQ:AHGP) was formed to own and manage Alliance Resource Management GP, LLC, the managing general partner of Alliance Resource Partners, LP (NASDAQ:ARLP), which produces and transports coal. The company dug into its fiscal mountain and unearthed a 4.5% bump in its quarterly distribution to 69.75 cents per unit. The new distribution will be paid on Aug. 17 to unitholders of record as of Aug. 10. The new dividend yield, based on the July 27 closing price of $45.17, is 6.18%.
Insurance holding company American Financial Group (NYSE:AFG) raised the premium it pays to shareholders by 11.4% to 78 cents per share. The new payout will begin with the first dividend after Oct. 1. The new dividend yield, based on the July 30 closing price of $37.91, is 2.06%.
Commercial REIT Apartment Investment & Management (NYSE:AIV), more commonly referred to as Aimco, raised the rent it pays shareholders each quarter by 11.1% to 20 cents per share. The new dividend check will be cut on Aug. 31 to shareholders of record as of Aug. 17. The new dividend yield, based on the Aug. 1 closing price of $27.08, is 2.95%.
The nation’s largest publicly traded water utility, Aqua America (NYSE:WTR), put a fiscal filter on its quarterly payout, filling shareholders’ glasses with a 6.1% bigger payout. The new dividend isn’t payable until Dec. 1 to shareholders of record as of Nov. 16. The new dividend yield, based on the Aug. 2 closing price of $25.72, is 2.72%.
Diversified building materials, agriculture and health care firm Carlisle Co. (NYSE:CSL) makes an amazing array of products, and sales of those products enabled the company to lift its quarterly payout 11.1% to 20 cents per share. The new dividend is payable Sept. 1 to shareholders of record as of Aug. 17. The new dividend yield, based on the Aug. 2 closing price of $48.25, is 1.66%. This is the 36th consecutive year of dividend increases for Carlisle shareholders.
Securities exchange CBOE Holdings (NASDAQ:CBOE) turned up the trade for shareholders with a 25% boost in its quarterly dividend. The new payout of 15 cents per share will be in shareholder accounts on Sept. 21 to owners of record as of Aug. 31. The new dividend yield, based on the July 31 closing price of $28.50, is 2.11%.
Regional energy utility firm Cleco CP (NYSE:CNL) increased the power of its dividend by 8% to 33.75 cents per share. The new payment will be made on or about Aug. 15. The new dividend yield, based on the July 27 closing price of $44.19, is 3.05%.