Dividend Noob Portfolio Update for November 2016

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The goal of my dividend growth stock portfolio is simple and I contribute to it every month in order for it to continue returning passive income straight to my account. It currently returns over $1,500 a year and I, in turn, use that money to purchase additional shares of good, strong companies. This creates a snowball effect that piles up bigger and bigger the longer it happens. You might have heard of Dave Ramsay’s Debt Snowball? Well this is even better!

The biggest news item for the month of November was the United States Presidential Election where Donald Trump won the majority of the Electoral College votes but failed to win the popular vote. This will be the fifth person to become president despite losing the popular vote in America. This has caused a pretty divisive split between Americans and we’re far from seeing the last of the fallout due to it. But this blog isn’t about politics, it’s about making passive income in the form of dividend growth stocks!

Let’s see what happened to the portfolio for the last month and I’ll try and give you my thought process for why I did things.

Deposits

In order to help increase the funds available to purchase high quality dividend stocks, I set up for my Robinhood account to pull $150 from my checking account twice a month(7th and 21st).  I set up the withdrawal dates to coincidence on the dates that my paycheck clears into my account. This sets me up with $300 a month without having to do a thing.

I also scheduled a $500 deposit at the beginning of November. One of my goals was to keep adding additional funds to the account every month, on top of the $300 that’s auto-deposited. The amount of money is different every month and depends on how much free cash I have after bills are paid. $500 is a great amount and I continue to strive to meet and or beat this every month!

The next deposit was a speculative decision based off the presidential election. If you followed any of the media concerning the election, many media outlets said the stock market would “crash” or dip hard on a Donald Trump victory. If the stock market did dip then I would be in a good position if I had extra funds in my account to purchase stocks. I transfered $8k from my savings account over into my Dividend Portfolio in case it did happen. After Donald Trump won the election, the stock market ended up rallying and going to new highs which trumped my plans on buying these dividend champions on sale. Oh well.

.Total: $150 + $150 + $500 + $8,000 = $8,8000

Dividends

It was a pretty weak month in terms of dividend payouts with the portfolio only returning $55.67 in income. The following table lists them out.

 

T 25 shares @ $0.48 = $12.00
AAPL 5 shares @ $0.57 = $2.85
SDIV 100 shares @ $0.12 = $12.05
MAIN 77 shares @ $0.18 = $14.25
CLDT 132 shares @ $0.11 $14.52
Total for November:  $55.67


One of my goals in the future is to start looking at good quality dividend stocks that pay their dividends on the weaker months.

Purchases

I purchased quite a bit in November.

  • 5 shares AAPL @110.75

At a dividend yield of 2.06% and a p/e ratio around 13, I thought it was a decent entry point to start my position in AAPL. There were plenty of opportunities to pick up AAPL at the lower price but I was always cautious on their ability to deliver innovation. It’s hard to bet against this giant though and I decided to start a small position for the long term. I’ll be buying a few more shares on the dips as it transitions into a dividend growth stock (hopefully). This position adds $11.40 to my annual income.

  • 84 shares CLDT @16.95

Chatham Lodging Trust is an equity real estate investment trust with the majority of their holdings in upscale extended-stay hotels. One of the highlights of this REIT is the high yield (~7%) and that they pay dividends on a monthly basis. It trades around a Price/FFO ratio of 8.5 times. Hotels tend to not do very well during recessions and with the market at an all time high, I’m going to have to keep an eye on it but I’m pretty confident in them for the time being. This position adds $110.88 to my annual income!

  • 10 shares OHI @28.35

Omega Healthcare Investors is another REIT that invests in long-term care facilities located in the U.S. and U.K. The prime factors in my decision to purchase shares were the solid 14 years of increasing dividends, the current yield of 8.28%, and the latest price drop due to earnings.  This position adds $24.40 to my annual income!

  • 6 shares SO @ 47.10

The Southern Company generates and distributes electricity through coal, nuclear, oil, gas and hydro resources in the AL, GA, FL and Miss. They currently sit at a p/e ratio of around 17 with a current dividend yield of 4.78%. They are new to the dividend payout game and had only just started paying out in 2013. Energy sector has been getting hit pretty hard lately so I felt it was a good time to add to my position on the dip. This position adds $13.44 to my annual income!

  • 10 shares NGG @ 57.10

National Grid plc is another energy stock that distributes electricity and natural gas to the U.K and the U.S. It currently sits at a dividend yield of 5% and just like SO, has been paying dividends since 2013. This position adds $29.60 to my annual income!

  • 3 shares DUK @ 73.84

DUK is another energy stock that’s been getting hit pretty heavily lately which drove it’s p/e ratio to 17.7 and yield to 4.6%. I used my auto-deposit cash to purchase these shares. This position adds $10.26 to my annual income!

Sells

  • 25 shares TGT @ 71.67

I sold out of my shares of TGT after a big bump after earnings to lock in profits. It’s since skyrocketed even higher and I’m a little jealous that I pulled the trigger too early. Oh well, at least i made a decent chunk of profit from it regardless. This reduces my annual income by $60.00.

You can always view my current portfolio.

That’s it for the month of November! Coming up next month is Christmas and the spendthrift nature of the entire month. Here’s hoping I have some amount of money left at the end in order to keep adding to my portfolio!

~Noob

August Dividend Payouts and Portfolio Update

 

August has come and gone in a flash and the portfolio as it stands is below. Like in previous months, I auto-transfered $300.00 into my Robinhood account but I failed to hit my goal of adding one additional deposit for the month. The reason for the failure was due to having to purchase a new lawnmower for the yard duties.

August Portfolio Update

  1. Sold 30 shares of CSCO @ $30.50.
  2. Bought 30 shares of FLO @ $17.67.
  3. Bought 25 shares of FLO @ $14.90.
  4. Sold 282 shares of CSIQ @ $12.76.
  5. Bought 5 shares of KO @ $43.85.
  6. Bought 25 shares of TROW @ $68.70.
  7. Bought 12 shares of DUK @ $80.00.

The biggest news item is that I sold all my old shares of CSIQ (the last non-dividend) stock in the portfolio. I did lose quite a bit of money on that and have learned some valuable lessons from it. Hopefully next time they lessons won’t come at such a high price.

 

August Monthly Dividend

  • T–          25 shares @ $0.48 = $12.00
  • RAI–       75 shares @ $0.12 = $9.04
  • MAIN–   77 shares @ $0.18 = $13.86

Total for June: $34.90

Not a great month for dividends to be honest. Next month is shaping to be better though and all that I can do is to keep moving forward on investing in great quality stocks.

I hope everybody else had a good investment month! Let me know in the comments!

You can check out my portfolio to see my latest holdings.

July Monthly Dividend Payouts and Portfolio Updates!

It was business as usual for the month of July. As I have previously stated in prior months updates, I auto-transferred $300.00 into my Robinhood account. I have it set up to send $150 twice a month(both are sent right after my paychecks are deposited into my checking account). On top of that, I am making it my goal to add additional deposits every month. These one-off deposits will fluctuate based off how much is left at the end of the month. At the end of this month, I transferred an additional $500 dollars to my investment account. This was outstanding compared to the goal that I set last month of $150!

July Portfolio Update

  1. Bought 50 shares of ARCC @ $13.95.
  2. Bought 75 shares of SDIV @ $20.51.
  3. Bought 50 shares of FLO @ $18.56.
  4. Bought 20 shares of FLO @ $18.20.
  5. Bought 15 shares of PSX @ $75.50.
  6. Sold 35 shares of CSIQ @ $15.72.
  7. Sold 30 shares of MSFT @ $56.58.
  8. Sold 20 shares of AAPL @ $103.06.

The ARCC purchased was to average down after ARCC dipped and it has since rebounded. I opened a new position in both SDIV (6.6% yield) and FLO (3.5% yield). This was due to their evaluation and part of my plan to increase my dividend stocks. The 2nd purchase of FLO was to take advantage of the 30 cent dip that occurred.

Three stocks were sold during the month of July due to two different factors. MSFT and AAPL were sold due to locking in the growth return that they have achieved. MSFT was approaching around a 20% growth return and AAPL was approaching over 11%. AAPL has been fluctuating a lot recently and I’m not opposed to getting back in if it decides to dip again. CSIQ was sold at a lost in an effort to start trimming some of the bloat. I still own plenty of shares and I’m more comfortable holding on to it now.

July Monthly Dividend

  • KO–          50 shares @ $0.35 = $17.50
  • RAI–       20 shares @ $0.42 = $ 8.40
  • MAIN–   77 shares @ $0.18 = $13.86
  • CLDT–   32 shares @ $0.11 = $3.52
  • STWD–    40 shares @ $0.48 = $19.20
  • CSCO–   30 shares @ $0.26 = $7.80

Total for June: $70.28

Another good month overall for the portfolio. My financial goals for the next month is to add an additional one-off deposit of at least $150 to the portfolio. Add this on top of the auto-deposit of the $300 that will happen in July will let me have $450 to invest in. If I can do another $500 next month, even better!

I hope everybody else had a good investment month! Let me know in the comments!

You can check out my portfolio to see my latest holdings.

June Monthly Dividend Payouts and Portfolio Updates!

The month of June was plagued with the uncertainty caused by the announcement that United Kingdom leaving the European Union. This announcement caused the stock market to drop after the news was released but it now appears to have rebounded back to it’s original spot. It had little effect on my portfolio and on my Monthly Dividend payouts!

I auto-transferred $300.00 into Robinhood in June. I have it set up to send $150 twice a month. The plan is to up this amount once the car is paid off as well as add additional one-offs every month in order to continue raising the amount of money I have available to invest. The one-off deposits will fluctuate based off how much is left at the end of the month.

I did some clean-up on the portfolio. I sold some stocks that I felt had skyrocketed above their price and felt that locking in profit was the right thing to do.

June Portfolio Update

  1. Sold 17 shares of WMT @ $70.75. This was my entire position.
  2. Bought 30 shares of MSFT @ $50.00. This is an entirely new position.
  3. Bought 25 shares of TGT @ $67.04. This is an entirely new position.
  4. Sold 5 shares of ABT @ $39.55. This was my entire position
  5. Sold 52 shares of NFLX @ $96.50. This was my entire position.

The big story here was the selling of my shares of NFLX. Thankfully I sold them at a profit (albeit minimal) and can use that capital to continue with my game plan of investing in good growth dividend stocks.

June Monthly Dividend

  • F–          50 shares @ $0.15 = $7.50
  • WMT–   17 shares @ $0.50 = $ 8.50
  • JNJ–      10 shares @ $0.80 = $8.00
  • MAIN–   77 shares @ $0.18 = $13.86
  • CLDT–   32 shares @ $0.11 = $3.52
  • MAIN–    77 shares @ $0.28 = $21.18
  • ARCC–   50 shares @ $0.38 = $19.00

Total for June: $81.56

It’s been a pretty good month overall for the portfolio. My financial goals for the next month is to add an additional one-off deposit of $150 to the portfolio. Add this on top of the auto-deposit of the $300 that will happen in July will let me have $450 to invest in.

You can check out my portfolio to see my latest holdings.

HCP Spinoff – Is the Dividend Safe?

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Overall, everything is looking good for HCP outside of the potential issues with the HCP Spinoff. They released earnings a few days ago and in a nutshell:

  • Q1 adjusted FFO of $321.8M or $0.69 per share vs. $364.3M and $0.79 one year ago.
  • FAD of $0.66 vs. $0.69.
  • Dividend is $0.575.

Portfolio wise, since I purchased them, it had equity growth over 12% and 2 dividend payouts of $35The dividend yield is over 6.5%,  so everything seems to be good. So what’s with the post? Well the surprise announcement that they are spinning off part of their portfolio in a new, publicly-traded REIT(SpinCo).

HCP Spinoff

HCP announced the intention to spin off its HCR ManorCare (HCRMC) real estate portfolio in a new, publicly-traded REIT(SpinCo). 

Financially, we’re seeing a drop of income for HCP of 26% from 1.9Bn to 1.4Bn. So right away, that’s a healthy chunk of money being taken out. Owners of HCP stock will continue to have the same amount of shares and will be given shares in the new SpinCo stock as a tax-free return. No word yet on whether or not the new stock will have a dividend. 

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http://ir.hcpi.com/download/Proposed+Spin-Off+Presentation.pdf

 

If I were to make some guesses, I would assume the HCP and HCP Spinoff: SpinCo dividend will be recalculated based off the split. So HCP dividend will but lowered and in effect, the stock will decrease in price to compensate. The ideal decrease is to keep the dividend yield the same for HCP. From the Conference Call transcripts, management restated that they remain focused on dividend growth for HCP; so that’s a good sign. But they did not have any real answers on SpinCo’s dividend and that it will be decided by the board. You can read the entire earning call transcript here.

The rules of Dividend Noob are pretty simple.

  1. Preserve Equity : Nobody wants to lose money and with the stock split, there is a good chance we’ll see the price of the stock go down. But what about the shares in the new company as the offset? It’s a big unknown right now and I’m not in the game of gambling. I’ve had a healthy return of 12% on equity, as well as dividend payouts on HCP. Getting out might be the correct call until things stabilize with HCP.
  2. Dividend Growth: I want the dividend to be stable and to ideally go up each year. More income on the exact same equity invested is great. It’s even more free money! HCP has been great in dividend growth. They are a Dividend Aristocrat.
  3. Stock Growth: It’s why everybody wants to play the big game of stocks. The fact we invest money in hopes that it will be worth even more in the future is the whole reason!

So with the unknown in the forecast, I have decided to sell my shares of HCP.

Will You Get back Into HCP?

Once the smoke has settled on the spin off, I’ll re-evaluate and decide from there. I’m not opposed to it, since HCP is obviously a great company with an outstanding track record in dividend payout. They are a Dividend Aristocrat for a reason!

Where Will the Money Go From HCP?

No idea right now. There’s a few stocks that I have my eye on but the overall market sentiment is pretty bearish. There’s a ton of better dividend blogs talking about just stockpiling cash reserves for the time being. Maybe its something I should do? I’ll have to figure it out as I go. They don’t call me the Noob for nothing.

Disclaimer: I have owned and sold HCP within the last few days. My opinions about the HCP Spinoff are my own.