Monday, October 11, 2021

Dividend report: September 2021

September is over! Let's see how many companies sent me a dividend check for my ownership. These checks are the results of decisions I made earlier in life, sometimes years ago, where I decided to purchase shares in these companies. Nowaydays I still collect these checks but I have to do absolutely nothing to receive them. They just get deposited in my brokerage account, no questions asked. Isn't that great?!


A total of more than € 300! Fifteen companies paid me dividends. The dividend income increased by about 75% compared to last year. BBL made a big impact with its recent dividend payment (I have not even reported it on this blog) but also dividend raised and increased positions in Unilever, Shell, Aflac, TROW, UNP and BIP made a real change.

So far I am about 60% ahead compared to the dividend I received last year at this time in the year. Currently my annual dividend income is around € 2.510.

The market has corrected slightly during the last month. I see a lot of companies in the 'red' last month. BBL corrected 18%, and various other companies about 10% (OHI, DE, TROW, O, BMY). That might provide some buying opportunities if this trend continues. We'll see what happens in the markets in the coming weeks!

How was your September? What is your watchlist?

Saturday, October 9, 2021

Recent buys: BIP, MRK, CMI & BEP

I haven't been active with my posts last weeks. However I did have some purchases in my brokerage account. So what did I buy?
  • On 9 July I purchased 28 shares of BIP for $ 56,04 per share. This new purchase adds around $57 to my annual forward dividend income. My total position is now 60 shares, which makes it an above average position in terms of portfolio weight.
  • On 25 August I purchased 27 shares of MRK for $ 76,90 per share. This new purchase adds around $70 to my annual forward dividend income. My total position is now 50 shares, which makes it an above average position in terms of portfolio weight.
  • On 22 September I started a new position in CMI. I purchased 10 shares of CMI for $ 223,24 per share. This new purchase adds around $58 to my annual forward dividend income.
  • On 6 October I purchased 38 shares of BEP for $ 35,61 per share. This new purchase adds around $46 to my annual forward dividend income. My total position is now 50 shares, which makes it an above average position in terms of portfolio weight.
With this purchases my annual forward dividend income grew by € 200 from to more than € 2.500. Therefore I reached the milestone of more than €200 in dividend income per month. Let's rock on!

Monday, August 30, 2021

Dividend report: August 2021

August is over! Let's see how many companies sent me a dividend check for my ownership. These checks are the results of decisions I made earlier in life, sometimes years ago, where I decided to purchase shares in these companies. Nowaydays I still collect these checks but I have to do absolutely nothing to receive them. They just get deposited in my brokerage account, no questions asked. Isn't that great?!

A total of just over € 100! Six companies paid me dividends. Deere announced a dividend increase earlier this year. A few days ago they announced a 2nd increase, but more on that later! The rest of the year-over-year dividend increases are small or nonexistent. The rest of the growth in income is due to a relatively new position in Bristol-Meyers Squib. The dividend income increased by about 20% compared to last year.

Currently my annual dividend income is around € 2.320. I do find it somewhat hard to find a good candidate for my purchase(s) during the next month. We'll see what happens in the markets in the coming weeks!

How was your August? What is your watchlist?

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Dividend raise: Royal Dutch Shell (+40%)

Last year Royal Dutch Shell (RDS) slashed their dividend with 66%. This was an unprecedented move for the company but I guess they didn't have any other option. Oil prices were low already due to the geopolitical struggles between big oil producing countries. Then COVID-19 entered our world which lowered demand drastically. This perfect storm (or black swan) was just too much.


However since 2020 the price of oil has risen from $20 to about $70. RDS raised their dividend earlier this year with about 4%. Their recent earnings report showed a lot of positive signs. Adjusted Earnings for the quarter were $5.5 billion and cash flow from operating activities for the second quarter 2021 was $12.6 billion. According to their press release: "At the end of the second quarter 2021, net debt was $65.7 billion, compared with $71.3 billion at the end of the first quarter 2021, mainly driven by free cash flow generation in the quarter. Gearing was 27.7% at the end of the second quarter 2021, compared with 29.9% at the end of the first quarter 2021, mainly driven by net debt reduction and improved earnings.".

Finally Royal Dutch Shell decided to increase their shareholder distribution with almost 40% to $0.24 per share. This raise adds about € 30 to my annual dividend income (before tax). All of the 2021 dividend raises combined result in an increase of €110 to my annual dividend income. Awesome! 



Friday, August 6, 2021

Dividend report: July 2021

July is over! Let's see how many companies sent me a dividend check for my ownership. These checks are the results of decisions I made earlier in life, sometimes years ago, where I decided to purchase shares in these companies. Nowaydays I still collect these checks but I have to do absolutely nothing to receive them. They just get deposited in my brokerage account, no questions asked. Isn't that great?!

A total of more than € 100! Seven companies paid me dividends, including a one time special dividend from TROW. Regular year-over-year dividend increases are rather small. Most of the growth in income is due to relatively new positions in Cisco and Merck. The dividend income increased by about 250% compared to last year. Without the one time special dividend from TROW, the increase was still more than 60% so nothing to worry.

Currently my annual dividend income is around € 2.280. I do find it somewhat hard to find a good candidate for my purchase(s) during the next month. We'll see what happens in the markets in the coming weeks!

How was your July? What is your watchlist?

Saturday, July 3, 2021

Dividend report: June 2021

June is over! Let's see how many companies sent me a dividend check for my ownership. These checks are the results of decisions I made earlier in life, sometimes years ago, where I decided to purchase shares in these companies. Nowaydays I still collect these checks but I have to do absolutely nothing to receive them. They just get deposited in my brokerage account, no questions asked. Isn't that great?!

Wow, a total of € 330! 14 companies paid me dividends, with my first ever payment from BIP in the month of June. Higher dividends from Unilever due to an increased position. Big dividend increases from Aflac, TROW, UNP and BEP. But most importantly a 2nd dividend payment (€ 3 per share) from my own employer, Brink. This year I received € 13 per share in dividens, based on a price of € 81 on my last purchase. A whopping dividend yield of 16%, which is slightly higher than usual due to a dividend delay in 2020 due to COVID-19. Based on a constant exchange rate my dividend income grew by almost 130% compared to last year. However, because of the decline in the FX-rate the rise in dividend income is about 122% compared to last year. Even without the extra Brink dividend payment the growth would have been about 20% compared to last year, so still solid.

The market value of my portfolio surpassed the € 60k milestone last week. I might write a little post on that later. Currently my annual dividend income is around € 2.180. I do find it somewhat hard to find a good candidate for my purchase(s) during the next month. We'll see what happens in the markets in the coming weeks!

How was your June? What is your watchlist?

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Recent buys: Bristol-Myers Squibb & Merck

Last week I added to a existing position and started a new one. My watchlist was somewhat focused on healthcare/pharma companies. I wanted to strengthen the healthcare part of my portfolio. I only held JNJ, Baxter and BMY and it was a relatively smaller part of my portfolio (about 7% of my total portfolio). I contemplated starting a position in LMT, but wasn't convinced yet. I need to do some more work on that.

So what did I buy?

  • 18 shares of BMY for $ 65,24 per share. This new purchase adds around $35 to my annual forward dividend income. My total position is now 40 shares, which makes it an average position in terms of portfolio weight.
  • 23 shares of MRK for $ 73,23 per share. This new purchase adds around $60 to my annual forward dividend income.
Last year I started my position in Bristol-Myers Squibb. Based on various valuation and dividend metrics Merck seemed like a nice addition to my portfolio as well. I decided to just buy both!

With this purchases my healthcare related stocks are about 10% of my portfolio and my annual forward dividend income grew by € 80 from € 2.070 to € 2.150. The next milestones are € 2.400 in annual income (€200 per month!) and € 60.000,- in portfolio value. The last one is actually rather close. If the markets don't tumble in the coming month I expect to reach this by the end of this month. Let's rock on!