- S&P Europe 350® Dividend Aristocrats® measure the performance of S&P Europe 350 constituents that have followed a policy of consistently increasing dividends every year for at least 10 consecutive years.
- The index benchmark is the S&P Europe 350 index
- Like the (US) Dividend Aristocrats “big brother”, the European Dividend Aristocrats also tend to outperform its benchmark, lower volatility, and annual risk.
- By showing the recent performance of the European Dividend Aristocrats, some active dividend growth investors may be able to identify potential bargains.
The European Dividend Aristocrats index total return was -4.56% for May and bounced back in June with 3.91%. Based on the YTD total return of 16.36%, versus 16.94% for the benchmark, the European Dividend Aristocrats are still showing a small underperformance this month. However, in the long-run the outperformance is still significant with 11.94% versus 9.95%, annualized returns over a ten years period. The table below lists all European Dividend Aristocrats companies sorted descending by dividend yield and lists closing price per end of month (6/28/2019), dividend yield and 1year target price estimated by analysts. The “potential” column is the difference between the 1-year target price and the month-end price. Ashtead Group plc and EssilorLuxottica are the best performing European dividend stocks of this list with 20.86% en 11.25%, respectively. SSE Plc is still the top dividend-yielder.
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.
Next to selecting the right dividend stocks, important principles for successful long-term investing are Disciple, Diversification, Defensive & indeed Dividend. Read more about this in our free e-book.
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