Whole Foods Gets Tastier: 23 Companies Increasing Dividends

by Marc Bastow | November 8, 2013 3:10 pm

When earnings reports roll in, so do the dividend increases. This week, we saw a veritable tidal wave of dividend increases, from Megacap stocks like Halliburton (HAL[1]) and Whole Foods (WFM[2]) to smaller players like  CTS Corporation (CTS[3]), companies were scrambling to boost their dividend payouts. A total of 23 companies increased their dividends this week.

IncreasingDividends Whole Foods Gets Tastier: 23 Companies Increasing Dividends[4](Note: All dividend yields are as of 11/8.)

Consumer electronics residential furniture and household appliances lessor Aaron’s (AAN[5]) raised its quarterly dividend 23.5% to 21 cents per share, payable on Jan. 3 to shareholders of record as of Dec. 2. The increase marks the 8th consecutive year AAN has raised its annual dividend.
AAN Dividend Yield: 2.86%

Pharmaceuticals company AmerisourceBergen (ABC[6]) raised its dividend 12% to 23.5 cents per share, payable on Dec. 2 to shareholders of record as of Nov. 18.
ABC Dividend Yield:

Retail properties real estate investment trust Acadia (AKR[7]) raised its quarterly dividend 9.5% to 23 cents per share, payable on Jan. 15 to shareholders of record as of Dec. 15.
AKR Dividend Yield: 3.51%

Natural gas distribution and storage company Atmos (ATO[8]) raised its quarterly dividend 5.7% to 37 cents per share, payable on Dec. 9 to shareholders of record as of Nov. 25. The increase marks the 26th consecutive year Atmos has raised its annual dividend.
ATO Dividend Yield: 3.26%

Electronic component and sensor equipment manufacturer CTS (CTS[3]) raised its quarterly dividend 14% to to 4 cents per share, payable on Jan. 31 to shareholders of record as of Dec. 27.
CTS Dividend Yield: 0.86%

High-quality office and multi-family real estate investment trust Douglas Emmett (DEI[9]) raised its quarterly dividend 11% to 20 cents per share, payable on Jan. 15 to shareholders of record as of Dec. 30.
DEI Dividend Yield: 3.38%

Off-shore contact drilling service provider Ensco (ESV[10]) raised its quarterly dividend 50% to 75 cents per share, payable on Dec. 20 to shareholders of record as of Dec. 9.
ESV Dividend Yield: 4.90%

Commercial and retail property owner-operator and real estate investment trust Excel Trust (EXL[11]) raised its quarterly dividend 3% to 17.5 cents per share, payable on Jan. 15 to shareholders of record as of Dec. 31.
EXL Dividend Yield: 6.04%

Oil field services company Halliburton (HAL[1]) raised its quarterly dividend 20% to 15 cents per share, payable on Dec. 27 to shareholders of record as of Dec. 6.
HAL Dividend Yield: 1.09%

Senior housing and medical office buildings real estate investment trust Health Care REIT (HCN[12]) raised its quarterly dividend 3.4% to 76.5 cents per share, payable on Nov. 20 to shareholders of record as of Nov. 12.
HCN Dividend Yield: 5.07%

Vehicle auction services company KAR (KAR[13]) raised its quarterly dividend 31% to 25 cents per share, payable on Jan. 3 to shareholders of record as of Dec. 20.
KAR Dividend Yield: 3.53%

Bermuda-based reinsurance solutions provider Maiden Holdings (MHLD[14]) raised its quarterly dividend 22% to 11 cents per share, payable on Jan. 15 to shareholders of record as of Jan. 2.
MHLD Dividend Yield: 3.79%

Customized debt and equity financing company Main Street Capital (MAIN[15]) raised its quarterly dividend 10% to 16.5 cents per share for January, February, and March. The payable, record and ex-dividend dates are as follows: payable on Jan. 15 to shareholders of record as of Dec. 30; payable on Feb. 14 to shareholders of record as of Jan. 21; payable on Mar. 14 to shareholders of record as of Feb. 20.
MAIN Dividend Yield: 6.36%

Media and marketing company Meredith (MDP[16]) raised its quarterly dividend 6.5% to 40.75 cents per share, payable on Dec. 13 to shareholders of record as of Nov. 29. The increase marks the 20th consecutive increase in Meredith’s annual dividend.
MDP Dividend Yield: 3.08%

Retail shopping mall real estate investment trust Pennsylvania REIT (PEI[17]) raised its quarterly dividend 11% to 20 cents per share, payable on Dec. 16 to shareholders of record as of Dec. 2.
PEI Dividend Yield: 4.74%

Industrial automation power, control and information systems company Rockwell Automation (ROK[18]) raised its quarterly dividend 12% to 58 cents per share, payable on Dec. 10 to shareholders of record as of Nov. 8.
ROK Dividend Yield: 2.08%

Entertainment theme park operator Six Flags (SIX[19]) raised its quarterly dividend 4.4% to 47 cents per share, payable on Dec. 9 to shareholders of record as of Nov. 25.
SIX Dividend Yield: 5.14%

Specialty paper manufacturer and distributor Schweitzer-Mauduit (SWM[20]) raised its quarterly dividend 20% to 36 cents per share, payable on Dec. 26 to shareholders of record as of Nov. 27.
SWM Dividend Yield: 2.78%

Leaf tobacco supplier Universal Corporation (UVV[21]) raised its quarterly dividend 2% to 51 cents per share, payable on Feb. 10 to shareholders of record as of Jan. 13.
UVV Dividend Yield: 4.06%

Oil exploration and production company Vermillion Energy (VET[22]) raised its monthly dividend 7.5% to 21.50 cents (Canadian) per share, and is expected to be payable on February 17.
VTE Dividend Yield: 1.52%

Natural and organic foods supermarket chain Whole Foods (WFM[2]) raised its quarterly dividend 20% to 12 cents per share, payable on Jan. 28 to shareholders of record as of Jan. 17.
WFM Dividend Yield: 0.83%

Independent oil and gas producer W&T Offshore (WTI[23]) raised its quarterly dividend 11.1% to 10 cents per share, payable on Dec. 3 to shareholders of record as of Nov. 18.
WTI Dividend Yield: 2.25%

Casino developer, owner and operator Wynn Resorts (WYNN[24]) raised its quarterly dividend 25% to $1.25 per share, payable on Dec. 6 to shareholders of record as of Nov. 20.
WYNN Dividend Yield: 3.07%

Marc Bastow is an Assistant Editor at Investorplace.com. As of this writing he did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. For more payout winners, see previous weeks’ lists of Companies Increasing Dividends[25].

Endnotes:
  1. HAL: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=HAL
  2. WFM: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=WFM
  3. CTS: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=CTS
  4. [Image]: http://investorplace.com/hot-topics/companies-increasing-dividends/
  5. AAN: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=AAN
  6. ABC: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=ABC
  7. AKR: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=AKR
  8. ATO: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=ATO
  9. DEI: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=DEI
  10. ESV: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=ESV
  11. EXL: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=EXL
  12. HCN: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=HCN
  13. KAR: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=KAR
  14. MHLD: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=MHLD
  15. MAIN: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=MAIN
  16. MDP: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=MDP
  17. PEI: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=PEI
  18. ROK: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=ROK
  19. SIX: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=SIX
  20. SWM: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=SWM
  21. UVV: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=UVV
  22. VET: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=VET
  23. WTI: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=WTI
  24. WYNN: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=WYNN
  25. Companies Increasing Dividends: http://www.investorplace.com/hot-topics/companies-increasing-dividends/

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