After spending a hectic week in China and Hong Kong in middle of July basking in ridiculous hot sun and extreme humidity, it was nice to spend a relaxing week with my family in the Okanagan. It was hot in the Okanangan but it was certainly not as as humid as China and Hong Kong. The best part of our Okanagan vacation? Seeing Baby T1.0 petting baby kangaroos and having a blast at the kangaroo farm. It was also great to know that we were receiving dividend income while on vacation. This is why I love dividend income so much – we receive money by simply owning shares of dividend paying companies without having to do anything else.
For those of you that are new to this site, each month I provide an update on our dividend income and our dividend growth. This is my way to keep myself honest about our dividend growth investing approach and also a way to record our financial independence journey.
Including the Target and Brookfield Energy Partners purchases that we made in July, we have purchased roughly $40,000 dividend paying stocks so far in 2016. Our stock purchases will probably slow down in the second half of 2016 as we start saving money for 2017 TFSA and RRSP.
Without further ado, let see how much dividend income we received for July 2016.
In July we received dividend income from the following companies:
Pure Industrial REIT (AAR.UN)
BCE Inc (BCE.TO)
Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS.TO)
Corus Entertainment (CJR.B)
Canadian Natural Resources (CNQ.TO)
Dream Office REIT (D.UN)
Dream Global REIT (DRG.UN)
Dream Industrial REIT (DIR.UN)
General Electric (GE)
H&R REIT (HR.UN)
Inter Pipeline (IPL.TO)
KEG Income Trust (KEG.UN)
Prairiesky Royalty (PSK.TO)
Rogers Communications (RCI.B)
RioCan REIT (REI.UN)
TransCanada Corp (TRP.TO)
Domtar Corp (UFS.TO)
In total we received $1,066.97 in dividend income in July 2016 from 22 different companies. Essentially we received paycheques from 22 different companies in July, that’s good income diversification if you ask me. Of the $1,066.97 received, $93.3 was in US currency and the rest was in CAN currency. It’s interesting to note that most of the dividend income received in July was in Canadian currency. We use a 1 to 1 currency rate approach, so we do not convert the dividends received in US dollar into Canadian currency. Reason for doing this is to keep the math simple and avoid fluctuations in dividend income over time due to changes in the exchange rate.
The top 5 payouts came from Bank of Nova Scotia, CIBC, TD, Coca-Cola, and Telus. The top 5 payouts correspond to 53.6% of our July dividend income. Some of you might think this number is a bit high given that we want income diversification. But I disagree. Considering BNS, CIBC, and TD all have been paying non-interrupted dividends since the 1800’s and Coca-Cola and Telus have 53 year and 12 year dividend increase streaks respectively, I think it’s fine to have these solid dividend paying companies contributing large percentage of our dividend income.
Compare to July 2015 dividend income, we saw a 8.6% YOY increase. To be perfectly honest, I am slightly disappointed with the YOY growth number. However, considering the second half of 2015 was very strong for us in terms of dividend income, the lower than expected YOY percentage should not come as a surprise. Having said that, this is definitely a sign that we should probably considering adding some more dividend paying stocks in our dividend portfolio even though we are trying to save up money for our 2017 TFSA and RRSP.
Unfortunately in July we saw Potash (POT.TO) slashing its dividend for the second time this year as the fertilizer market struggle continues. Potash has cut its dividend payout by 60%. As a dividend growth investor, I hate whenever companies cut or freeze their dividends rather than increasing it. However, I do understand what Potash is trying to do – capital preservation. Luckily we only hold a small amount of Potash shares in our portfolio so the dividend cut will not reduce too much of our annual dividend income. Unlike many dividend growth investors who would sell the stock whenever a dividend cut occurs, we plan to continue holding Potash in our portfolio and perhaps add more shares in the near future to average down our cost basis. The fertilizer sector is very cyclical. The sector is facing a lot of challenges but who knows what will happen in 5 or 10 years.
Despite the Potash dividend cut, we also saw one dividend increase in our portfolio in July. Omega Healthcare Investors Inc (OHI) raised its dividend by 3.45%. Woohoo!
Thanks to DRIP, we were able to purchase additional 14 shares of different dividend paying stocks. This increased our annual dividend income by $23.35.
The Potash dividend cut is tough but it’s nice to know that overall our annual dividend is growing thanks to OHI’s payout increase and us enrolling in DRIP.
So far in 2016 we have received $7,023.95 in dividend income. If we use $40/hour as the baseline salary ($83,200 annual salary), that means our dividend portfolio has saved us slightly over 175.5 hours worth of work, or almost 4.5 weeks. Pretty cool if you think about that for a brief moment.
Dear readers, how was your July dividend income?