5 Dividend Stocks with 20%+ Payout Increases

What do Exxon Mobil (NYSE:XOM), Colgate-Palmolive (NYSE:CL) and Walmart (NYSE:WMT) have in common?

They are dividend stocks with their dividend growth running on fumes.

Sure, they’re all still members of the Dividend Aristocrats – that social club of companies that have raised dividends for at least 25 consecutive years. But Exxon, Colgate and Walmart all have kept their streaks of dividend increases alive within the past year by hiking their payouts by less than 3% apiece.

If you’re looking for serious dividend stocks to buy now, I can introduce you five income gushers that are doling out annual payout increases of 20% or more. But first, let’s quantify how why dividend growth is the single most important factor for you portfolio.

Here’s the difference between gasping, washed up aristocrats raising their payouts by just 3% versus true dividend growers boosting their payouts by 20% annually:

Dividend Growth on $100/Share Cost Basis

It takes 14 years for a 2% yielding stock to turn into a 3% yielder at 3% income growth, and still a decade for 3% to turn into 4%. In contrast, a 2% yield doubles to 4% in less than four years when it’s being raised by 20% annually!

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Dividend Stock to Buy – Vail Resorts 

  • vail resorts dividend stockDividend Yield: 2.01%
  • 5-Year Average Dividend Growth: 40.8%
  • Most Recent Hike: 29.6%

Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE:MTN) might not be the most recognizable name in  investing, but it’s a great dividend stock to buy now. Those who have bought into the under-the-radar entertainment and lodging play have enjoyed a ridiculous 340% return … in capital gains alone!

Vail is a three-pronged business that operates under …

  • Mountain: 10 mountain resorts and three urban ski areas, with operations that include “lift ticket, ski & snowboard school, dining and retail & rental business.”
  • Lodging: Luxury hotels, condos, destination resorts and golf courses.
  • Real Estate Development: This segment buys, holds, develops and sells real estate around the company’s resort communities.

Vail Resorts – which operates in Vail, but also Lake Tahoe, and various sites in Colorado, Utah, Nevada, British Colombia and even Australia, among other areas – is simply crushing the explosion of the “experience economy.” People are shifting to valuing experiences over things, and as a result, travel-related stocks like Expedia Inc (NASDAQ:EXPE) and Cedar Fair, L.P. (NYSE:FUN) have gone bananas. That includes MTN, which offers everything from skiing and mountain biking to golfing and guided hikes.

Vail’s profits have exploded by nearly 300% in the past three years, while free cash flow has rocketed by 150%. And the company hasn’t been shy about returning that cash. While MTN’s yield is just a hair north of 2%, it has ratcheted up its dividend from 19 cents to $1.05 cents in just five years – a 450% improvement that has outpaced its red-hot stock!


Dividend Stock to Buy – First Merchants

  • frme first merchants stockDividend Yield: 1.79%
  • 5-Year Average Dividend Growth: 43.1%
  • Most Recent Hike: 28.5%*

First Merchants Corporation (NASDAQ:FRME) is a mid-cap regional bank that’s located in Muncie, Indiana, and it couldn’t be a more boring company to talk about. But it’s still one of the best dividend stocks to buy now.

FRME operates under a trio of names – First Merchants Bank, Lafayette Bank and Trust, and First Merchants Private Wealth Advisors. It boasts just 106 locations across Indiana, Illinois and Ohio, offering financial services such as checking, savings, mortgages, and safety deposit boxes.

What makes First Merchants stand out is its insatiable thirst for M&A. This year alone, the bank has made deals for Fort Wayne, Indiana-based Alliance Banks and Upper Arlington, Ohio-based The Arlington Bank this year alone. FRME is devouring its way to growth, and that has produced a steady surge in profits over the past five years that has sent its shares up more than 200%!

That pales in comparison to its breakneck dividend expansion of 500% over the same time!

Like most banks, First Merchants was forced to cut its payout amid the 2007-09 financial crisis, so it had some pretty easy comparisons. But the dividend is far more secure at this point, and still isn’t even near pre-Great Recession levels.

FRME has actually approved two dividend hikes over the past year, for a combined year-over-year improvement of 28.5% in its annual payout.


Dividend Stock to Buy – American Tower

  • Dividend Yield: 1.95%
  • 5-Year Average Dividend Growth: 21.7%
  • Most Recent Hike: 21%*

Of course, First Merchants doesn’t hold a candle to American Tower Corp. (NYSE:AMT) when it comes to an itchy dividend trigger finger. AMT has raised its quarterly payout every single quarter since it started making regular payments after its conversion to real estate investment trust (REIT) status in 2011.

American Tower is a REIT that provides wireless communications infrastructure (namely towers) primarily in the U.S., but the company is expanding internationally. Right now, it boasts a total of 15 countries – from Germany to India to Uganda – across five continents. The company’s global portfolio at the moment consists of nearly 150,000 communications sites that it leases out to the likes of AT&T (NYSE:T) and Verizon (NYSE:VZ). It also provides services such as outdoor distributed antenna systems and in-building systems.

AMT boasts ever-rising funds from operations (FFO), and despite trading near all-time highs, it still trades at roughly 20 times FFO and pays out less than half its FFO out as earnings. In other words, the dividend is more than stable – it has room to grow like a weed!


Dividend Stock to Buy – Celanese 

  • Dividend Yield: 2.95%
  • 5-Year Average Dividend Growth: 41.9%
  • Most Recent Hike: 27.8%

Celanese Corporation (NYSE:CE) is cool.

This lesser-known materials company has a wide-ranging business that includes chemicals, engineered materials, even food ingredients. On its face, it’s boring – until you see all the applications its products have.

Celanese’s polymers are used to help construct military fighter craft to keep them lighter yet tougher; its acetate films are used from everything to ski goggles to flatscreen panels; it even produces Sunett, “a high intensity sweetener that is 200 times sweeter than sugar with a fast onset of sweetness and no lingering aftertaste.”

That makes this a sweet dividend stock to buy now.

While investors typically think of DuPont (NYSE:DD) and Dow Chemical (NYSE:DOW) as the kings of chemicals, the real money has been in Celanese, whose total returns have outshone both industry titans over the past few years.

Celanese’s dividend has gone through the roof over the past few years, but even better is that dividend growth is accelerating. The company’s dividend increase to 46 cents per share earlier this year was a roughly 28% hike after two years of 20% improvements.


Dividend Stock to Buy – Extra Space Storage 

  • Dividend Yield: 3.99%
  • 5-Year Average Dividend Growth: 31.3%
  • Most Recent Hike: 32.2%

I love self-storage REITs as some of the best dividend stocks to buy now. Self-storage is one of the best areas of real estate thanks to a combination of macroeconomic factors, as well as just the simple day-to-day of the business.

Self-storage facilities do well whether the economy is booming or busting; great conditions spur consumers to buy way more than they actually have room to spare, while poor conditions tend to force people to downsize their housing, and all their things have to go somewhere. Not to mention, self-storage is always in demand thanks to unfortunate but constant events such as divorces and even death.

On the business side, self-storage involves very little in the way of capital expenditures, and technology is helping to improve efficiency in the space to create even better margins.

Extra Space Storage Inc. (NYSE:EXR) is one of the largest players in self-storage, boasting 750,000 units in 1,450 facilities across 35 states. And while most people tend to think of “Storage Wars” when imagining self-storage customers, EXR also provides solutions for businesses and industries looking to store everything from sensitive files to pharmaceutical samples.

EXR has been a dividend growth giant, nearly quadrupling its payout since 2012 amid brisk improvement on both the top and bottom lines. Meanwhile, no matter how much Extra Space lifts its dividend, its ability to back it never wavers; adjusted FFO of $1.03 last quarter was more than enough to pay out its 78-cent dividend. That’s par for the course for this dividend machine.

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