2015 Dividend Aristocrats List

A Dividend Aristocrat isn’t a rich ruling snob from the French renaissance. The 2015 S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats list is 58 companies that have increased dividends (not just remained the same) for 25 years straight. Keep in mind just because they are on this list now doesn’t mean in the future they will be forced to reduce their dividend.

Unfortunately, during our last recession in 2008, many investors found out their dividend was cut on their once stable stock. For example, Pfizer Inc. (PFE) and General Electric Company (GE) both cut their dividend and were removed from the Dividend Aristocrat list in 2009.

This list has been updated for May 2015.
We will update this page, whenever changes are made.

In 2015, 1 company, Diebold (DBD) was booted from the list and 8 companies were added (ALB, CDK, ESS,EXPD, MCY, O, ROST, and WV). In 2014, 1 company was removed (EGN), while two others left due to acquisitions (BMS and FDO). For 2013 a total of 4 companies were added from the list, and only one was removed. As you can see from the list of stocks, these aren’t exactly a list of highflying tech stocks like Apple (AAPL) or Google (GOOG). In fact most people consider these stocks boring, but boring is sometimes better.

Also keep in mind an increasing dividend does not necessarily mean they are great company to invest in. This list is a great starting point of possible companies to invest in, but you should always do some stock market research.

At the time of writing, the 10-year treasury is less than 2.00%, and the best 5 year CD yield is currently 2.4% APY. Many of these stocks have comparable or higher dividends. So not only do you have the chance for an increasing dividend, you also can benefit from a rising stock price. Members may be deleted during the December rebalance if during the calendar year dividends did not increase, or intra-year if the stock is removed from the underlying S&P 500. Included is the historical list of stocks added/removed from prior years.

Instead of investing in individual stocks, there is an ETF that closely matches the entire Dividend Aristocats index. SPDR S&P Dividend (SDY) is an alternative and is more a diverse option.

Index Changes

2015 changes

Stocks Added:

  • Albemarle – (ALB)
  • CDK Global – (CDK)
  • Essex Property Trust – (ESS)
  • Expeditors International of Washington – (EXPD)
  • Mercury General – (MCY)
  • Realty Income – (O)
  • Ross Stores – (ROST)
  • United Bankshares – (WV)

Stocks Removed:

  • Diebold – (DBD)

2014 changes

Stocks Removed:

  • Energen – (EGN)
  • Bemis – (BMS)
  • Family Dollar – (FDO)

2013 changes

Stocks Removed:

  • Pitney Bowes Inc. – (PBI)

Stocks Added:

  • AbbVie Inc. – (ABBV)
  • Chevron Corp. – (CVX)
  • Cardinal Health Inc. – (CAH)
  • Pentair Ltd. – (PNR)

2012 changes

Stocks Removed:

  • CenturyLink Inc. – (CTL)

Stocks Added:

  • AT&T Inc. – (T)
  • Colgate Palmolive Co. – (CL)
  • Franklin Resources Inc. – (BEN)
  • Genuine Parts Co. – (GPC)
  • HCP Inc. – (HCP)
  • Illinois Tool Works Inc. – (ITW)
  • Medtronic Inc. – (MDT)
  • Nucor Corp. – (NUE)
  • Sysco Corp. – (SYY)
  • T Rowe Price Group Inc. – (TROW)

2011 changes

Stocks Removed:

  • Integrys Energy Group Inc – (TEG)
  • Lilly, Eli & Co – (LLY)
  • Supervalu Inc – (SUV)

Stocks Added:

  • Ecolab Inc. – (ECL)
  • Hormel Foods Corporation – (HRL)
  • McCormick & Company – (MKC)

Dividend Aristocrats for 2013

For the most up-to-date dividend rate, click on the ticker symbol.

Company
Name
Stock Ticker
Symbol
Dividend Rate
(September 24th 2013)
3M CoMMM2.06%
AFLAC IncAFL2.26%
Abbott LaboratoriesABT2.65%
AbbVie IncABBV2.55%
Air Products & Chemicals IncAPD2.51%
Archer-Daniels-Midland CoADM2.03%
AT&T Inc.T5.23%
Automatic Data ProcessingADP2.38%
Bard, C.R. IncBCR0.69%
Becton, Dickinson & CoBDX1.94%
Bemis Co IncBMS2.61%
Brown-Forman Corp BBF.B1.45%
Cardinal Health Inc.CAH2.05%
Chevron CorpCVX3.03%
Chubb CorpCB1.93%
Cincinnati Financial CorpCINF3.49%
Cintas CorpCTAS1.25%
Clorox CoCLX3.18%
Coca-Cola CoKO2.83%
Colgate Palmolive Co.CL2.16%
Consolidated Edison IncED4.34%
Dover CorpDOV1.57%
Ecolab Inc.ECL0.94%
Emerson Electric CoEMR2.52%
Exxon Mobil CorpXOM2.74%
Family Dollar Stores IncFDO1.34%
Franklin Resources Inc.BEN0.75%
Genuine Parts Co.GPC2.60%
Grainger, W.W. IncGWW1.29%
HCP Inc.HCP4.98%
Hormel Foods CorporationHRL1.52%
Illinois Tool Works Inc.ITW1.99%
Johnson & JohnsonJNJ2.85%
Kimberly-ClarkKMB3.31%
Leggett & PlattLEG3.86%
Lowe’s Cos IncLOW1.40%
McCormick & CompanyMKC1.94%
McDonald’s CorpMCD3.17%
McGraw Hill Financial IncMFHI1.90%
Medtronic Inc.MTD1.97%
Nucor Corp.NUE2.94%
PPG Industries IncPPG1.47%
PepsiCo IncPEP2.73%
Pentair Ltd.PNR1.44%
Procter & GamblePG2.94%
Sherwin-Williams CoSHW1.04%
Sigma-Aldrich CorpSIAL0.99%
Stanley Black & DeckerSWK2.21%
Sysco Corp.SYY3.44%
T. Rowe Price GroupTROW2.02%
Target CorpTGT2.34%
VF CorpVFC1.72%
Wal-Mart StoresWMT2.37%
Walgreen CoWAG2.03%

Disclosure: Long XOM, JNJ, KO

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Reader Comments

  1. says

    Dividends are an indication of excess profits and there is nothing wrong with that. Shareholders love consistent performance of companies whether profit or dividends.

  2. John Rodosevich says

    Do you have 25 year performance info for these dividend stocks?

    What has happened to Duke Energy dividends?
    They stopped paying a year ago.

    • says

      Hi Matthew,

      In this case I like index based funds, specifically ETFs. Especially in my case since Fidelity offers commission free and can add incrementally with no fee.

      http://personal.fidelity.com/products/trading/What_You_Can_Trade/offer-faq-popup.shtml

      DVY is more my favorite though.

      http://analysis.morningstar.com/analystreport/ear.aspx?symbol=DVY&country=USA

      VYM from Vanguard also looks good.

      http://quote.morningstar.com/ETF/f.aspx?t=VYM&region=USA&culture=en-US

      SDY

      • Matthew Paulson says

        Thanks @Investor Junkie. These are good funds, but they’re still a bit disappointing compared to historical GNMA interest rates and ROI on peer-to-peer lending investments. It seems like a lot of risk for a 3.3% dividend yield. Is there something I’m missing?

  3. dan says

    Love the simplicity of buying all these divy paying stocks through etf’s like dvy and sdy, but any ideas on how to get similar stable divi yields in intl stocks through etf’s or high quality/low cost MF’s?

    I have averaged into MAPIX, to try and get some steady dividends outside US(in Asia yielding over 4%). Also have a little PID. Any other good International ETFs with stable dividends?

    I am looking to have the bulk of my portfolio in stable dividend equities, spread across the world.

    ** I guess the real trick internationally is to get the dividends while limiting exposure to the european financial time bombs.

  4. dw says

    The turnover rate is alarming. Many people buy these stocks assuming their dividends will last forever. I doubt half of the stocks on the list will stay after 30 years. T, HCP, ED, LEG, CINF are probably on their way out soon.