Updated November 20th, 2018
We analyzed each Dividend Aristocrat by looking at their earnings, dividends, maximum draw down (MDD) and stock price performance during the 2007-2009 financial crisis.
Dividend Aristocrat Cardinal Health (CAH) is a healthcare services and products company and one of the “big three” medical distribution companies. Cardinal Health has a market-cap of $16 billion per November 2018.
The company’s adjusted earnings-per-share performance during the 2007-2009 financial crisis can be seen below:
- 2007 adjusted earnings-per-share of $3.41
- 2008 adjusted earnings-per-share of $3.80 (11% increase)
- 2009 earnings-per-share of $2.26 (40% decline)
- 2010 earnings-per-share of $2.22 (1.8% decline)
Cardinal Health is not very recession-resistant when compared to other Dividend Aristocrats, which is somewhat a surprise, given the healthcare-focused business model. One of the reasons could be the impact of the spinoff of CareFusion during this period.
Cardinal Health (CAH) stock performance 2007-2009
Cardinal Health’s share price performance in the recession can be seen below:
Cardinal Health (CAH) Dividends 2007-2010
Although Cardinal Health (CAH) is an average recession-resistant Dividend Aristocrat, the company has been able to increase dividends for 25 consecutive years include the 2007-2010 period:
No Data available for Dividend History.
See also the overall performance of the dividend aristocrats during recession.
Other Sources of Dividend Investment Ideas
The Dividend Aristocrats list is not the only way to quickly screen for businesses that regularly pay rising dividends.
- The Dividend Kings List is even more exclusive than the Dividend Aristocrats. It is comprised of less than 20 businesses with 50+ years of consecutive dividend increases.
- The MoneyInvestExpert Defensive Aristocrats is a performance-based top-10 selection of the Dividend Aristocrats to outperform the market on the long-term.
- Portfolio lists like the Berkshire Hathaway Portfolio or Bill Gates’stock portfolio can be a source.
- For the European focused investors there is also the list of European Dividend Aristocrats.
- Dividend Champions are not necessarily members of the S&P 500 index, have increased their dividend for 25 or more consecutive years.
- 100+ years of dividend, the list of stocks that pay over 100 year of dividend can be an list of inspiration.
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