Another Puff Of Philip Morris

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As the market continues its emerging market driven rout, a lot of great blue chip companies are seeing significant drops in price.  This is resulting in more of my limit orders being triggered.

When I checked the markets today Philip Morris was trading below 79 dollars, well below my $80.01 limit price.  My order was fulfilled at exactly $80 per share , resulting in a purchase of 32 additional PM shares at a cost basis of $2560.  This latest addition to my holding has a beginning dividend yield of 4.7%.

Philip Morris is now my largest individual equity position – ignoring my 401(k) index funds, which I don’t discuss on this blog.  I have a total of 92 shares with a current valuation of over $7,300.  This will result in an annual dividend payout of $345 into my Traditional IRA account.  Dividend Growth Investor has a great article on some of the merits of PM.

I still do have some uncommitted cash in that account, so could potentially buy more if the price continues to drop.  History shows that price drops in tobacco stops are just a chance to buy cheap and make even bigger returns in the future, and I am confident that this approach will hold true – however, I am not certain!  Given that I will try (and maybe even succeed) to resist the cravings to build this position further for now. Although, only 8 more shares would round my position to an even 100…

Hopefully if the markets continue to tank some of the other securities I’m pursuing will come into buying.  I have an order to add more KO at a limit of $36.77, compared to the closing price today of $37.90.  It does not seem inconceivable that this could trigger in the next couple of days if Mr Market continues with his present sour mood. I also hope to add some more Exxon-Mobil or Nestle if their prices dip down far enough.


More Coke? Yes Please

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After much contemplation I decided today to increase my holding of Coke.  I’ve read a lot of articles and analyst research and have convinced myself that it is one of the few bluechip companies that are trading at a fair price.

Barring a significant rise in price in the near term, I anticipate making several such KO purchases when my supply of capital allow.  I am slowly converging on a list of core equities that I would like to build a large position in – KO, PM, XOM and NSRGY.  In the event of a significant market correction I will be scrambling to buy as much of these as I can!

One major factor for me in focusing in on Coca-Cola was a recent WealthTrack interview with Don Yacktman, who is very bullish on KO.  His funds have performed exceptionally well over the last 10 years, so his thoughts held a lot of weight with me.

With dividend reinvestment in place I’m hoping I will see a long term return in the neighborhood of 10 to 11 percent annually.  7% to 8% through earnings growth, plus the 3% from the reinvested dividend.  With Cokes ability to sell a few cents of syrup for a dollar or so a serving, and the strength of their brand around the world, I consider their moat and their profitability to be a relatively safe bet.

My original position from earlier in 2013 was 64 shares. Since then dividend reinvestment has boosted my hold to 65+ shares.  Taking advantage of todays price dip I purchased another 64 shares for $2510.08 at $39.24 a piece.

The Coca Cola holdings in my portfolio now total 129.112 shares with a new cost basis of $5082.54.  The yield is floating somewhere between 2.8% and 2.9%, so my annual KO dividend has now increased to roughly $145.

December 2013 Dividend Earnings

My December 2013 dividend earnings are in. It has been a busy month!

HoldingDividend/Shr# SharesDividend TotalReinvestedNew SharesAccount
XOM$0.6330.215$19.04YES0.202ROTH IRA
INTC$0.225106.058$23.86YES1.010ROTH IRA
ADM$0.1975.395$14.33YES0.352ROTH IRA
MCD$0.8127$21.87YES0.2295Trad IRA
IBM$0.9514$13.31YES0.0752Trad IRA
CSX$0.15100.5681$15.09YES0.5413Trad IRA

I got my first full dividend for MCD, after the piecemeal purchases I made earlier this year. My Shell investment returned one last ‘funny’ dividend – I received $34.20 in cash, but immediately has $5.13 clawed back as a foreign dividend tax.  Hopefully this should be resolved next quarter now that my RDSA has been liquidated from my brokerage account and I have purchased RDSB in my Traditional IRA.

$159 of dividend income is not too bad.  Unfortunately January and February will not be as lucrative, my dividend paying investments in those months are rather sparse at this time.


September 2013 Dividend Earnings

It is time to document my earnings from my dividend stock portfolio for September 2013.  The way my portfolio has been chosen a lot of payouts dates happen to fall in September, so I have quite a few items to report.

HoldingDividend/Shr# SharesDividend TotalReinvestedNew SharesAccount
ADM$0.1975$14.25YES0.395ROTH IRA
XOM$0.6330$18.90YES0.215ROTH IRA
INTC$0.225105$23.63YES1.058ROTH IRA
CSX$0.15100$15YES0.5681Trad IRA
MCD$0.7710$7.70NO0Trad IRA

For several of my newer positions I received my first dividend payout ever. Intel, Shell, Clorox and McDonalds I purchased too late to received their earlier June 2013 payouts.  The ADM and Exxon payouts were a repeat of last quarter, but this time I had dividend reinvestment enabled as opposed to getting a cash deposit – so the money was invested in  fractions of additional shares.

McDonalds was an aberration this month.  I had several buys and sell of MCD while finalizing its position in my portfolio, the end result being I only received dividends on 10 shares and it was not reinvested.  This issue should be resolved now and I expect a full payment in December 3013.

I had a signficant issue with my investment with Royal Dutch Shell.  I was under the impression I would receive my dividends thru Shells’ Scrip program, where you are paid in shares – rather than in cash which needs to be reinvested into shares.  This is supposed to exempt you from paying a Foreign Dividend Tax.  Unfortunately this did not work out for me, I received $34.20 in dividends but then has $5.13 deducted for ‘Fgn Div Tax’.

I am going to monitor this issue if there is an easy way to get this back at tax time.  I may end up changing the location and type of Shell investment in the future to optimize the situation, but for now I I’m not too concerned – it is only $20 a year after all.

$108 of dividend income if my first triple digit month so far.  Here is  hoping it is the first of many!

Purchase of RDSA – Shelling Out for Big Oil

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Shell – or more correctly Royal Dutch Shell – is a high dividend income machine.  Partly in an effort to move the average yield of my portfolio up slightly I have decided to establish a position in this security.

While I had been considering a purchase of Coca Cola, rather than buying Oil major, the high yield was too tempting.  Oil companies are just so darned cheap in comparison to companies producing consumer goods! KO will have to wait, as all my current investable assets are going into RDSA. RDSA is my second fossil fuel investment, having purchased Exxon Mobil (XOM) some time back.  At this time I have enough funds for a full position of $2500, so this should be a one-time event – no future purchases of Shell are planned.

Item to note, Shell trades with two different ADRs – RDSA and RDSB.  This is a legacy of the original merger between Royal Dutch Petroleum and Shell.  Shell offers a program called the “Scrip Dividend Programme” which allows investors to receive shares as dividends, rather than cash.

For tax reasons it is said to be better to purchase RDSA in my situation, due to the handling of dividends.  I am hoping this proves to be correct, as my brokerage firm is clueless on the subject, but will not know for sure until I see some dividends come in and file a tax return!

Royal Dutch Shell is not a company I expect to demonstrate rapid dividend growth, as for the last few years it has demonstrated lackluster dividend increases.  However, with a starting yield of over 5% I can overlook that.

This particular position gives me respectable dividend income now, and I think it’s good to seek a balance between high current yield and high future growth. I cross my fingers that I haven’t made a foolish decision in the ‘chase for yield’, but time will tell.

Purchase of 38 shares of RDSA at $67.91, for a cost basis of 2,580.58. Dividend yield at time of purchase is 5.30%. Dividend Reinvestment enabled. Initial dividend income $136.80 annually.