One way to identify dividend growth stocks is to look for dividend increases. Companies that pay rising dividends are likely to be financially healthy and generate consistent cash flow. Here is a list of 17 companies that increased dividends last week and have been increasing their dividends for 5+ years.

**Evercore (EVR), +17.65% dividend increase**

Evercore Inc., formerly Evercore Partners Inc., is a global independent investment banking advisory company. The Company advises a diverse set of investment banking clients on a wide range of transactions and issues and provides institutional investors ...

Evercore has declared Quarterly dividend of $0.40(+17.65% increase). It goes ex-dividend on 11/22/2017 and is payable on 12/8/2017. Annualized dividend is $1.36 at a yield of 1.71%. Evercore has a dividend growth rate of 11.80% (3 Year Average) and has 8 Years of Consecutive Dividend Growth.

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Evercore has a twelve month trailing (TTM) earnings per share (EPS) of $3.93, which gives it a dividend payout ratio of 29.90%. The predicted earnings per share for 2018 is $5.39. Earnings per share is further expected to grow by 4.68% annually over the next five years. EPS has grown by 47.20% in the last 5 years. The cash per share is $11.39. Using cash per share we can compute the dividend payout ratio as 11.94%. Evercore has a market capitalization of $3.41B. It has a P/E ratio of 20.18. (Forward P/E: 14.73). Evercore has a beta of 1.91 and is 90% more volatile than the overall market. Analyst consensus target price is $85.57. Using the forward P/E ratio of 14.73 and forward earnings per share of $5.39 we can compute the fair value of stock as $79.39

**V.F. Corporation (VFC), +9.52% dividend increase**

V.F. Corporation (VF) is engaged in the design, production, procurement, marketing and distribution of branded lifestyle apparel, footwear and related products. The Company's segments include Outdoor & Action Sports, Jeanswear, Imagewear and Sportswear....

V.F. Corporation has declared quarterly dividend of $0.46(+9.52% increase). It goes ex-dividend on 12/7/2017 and is payable on 12/18/2017. Annualized dividend is $1.68 at a yield of 2.38%. V.F. Corporation has a dividend growth rate of 18.70% (3 Year Average) and has 44 Years of Consecutive Dividend Growth.

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V.F. Corporation has a twelve month trailing (TTM) earnings per share (EPS) of $2.64, which gives it a dividend payout ratio of 62.00%. The predicted earnings per share for 2018 is $3.38. Earnings per share is further expected to grow by 7.60% annually over the next five years. EPS has grown by 6.80% in the last 5 years. The cash per share is $1.69. Using cash per share we can compute the dividend payout ratio as 99.41%. V.F. Corporation has a market capitalization of $27.99B. It has a P/E ratio of 26.75. (Forward P/E: 20.86). V.F. Corporation has a beta of 0.78 and is 21% less volatile than the overall market. Analyst consensus target price is $65.86. Using the forward P/E ratio of 20.86 and forward earnings per share of $3.38 we can compute the fair value of stock as $70.51

**Iron Mountain Incorporated (IRM), +7.27% dividend increase**

Iron Mountain Incorporated (Iron Mountain) is engaged in storing records, primarily paper documents and data backup media, and provide information management services. The Company offers records management services, data protection and recovery services...

Iron Mountain Incorporated has declared quarterly dividend of $0.59(+7.27% increase). It goes ex-dividend on 12/14/2017 and is payable on 1/2/2018. Annualized dividend is $2.20 at a yield of 5.55%. Iron Mountain Incorporated has a dividend growth rate of 22.90% (3 Year Average) and has 7 Years of Consecutive Dividend Growth.

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Iron Mountain Incorporated has a twelve month trailing (TTM) earnings per share (EPS) of $0.73, which gives it a dividend payout ratio of 292.30%. The predicted earnings per share for 2018 is $1.39. Earnings per share is further expected to grow by 32.00% annually over the next five years. EPS has grown by -18.50% in the last 5 years. The cash per share is $1.10. Using cash per share we can compute the dividend payout ratio as 200.0%. Iron Mountain Incorporated has a market capitalization of $10.50B. It has a P/E ratio of 54.33. (Forward P/E: 28.49). Iron Mountain Incorporated has a beta of 1.06 and is 6% more volatile than the overall market. Analyst consensus target price is $39.33. Using the forward P/E ratio of 28.49 and forward earnings per share of $1.39 we can compute the fair value of stock as $39.6

**Macerich Company (The) (MAC), +4.23% dividend increase**

The Macerich Company is a self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company is involved in the acquisition, ownership, development, redevelopment, management and leasing of regional and community/power shopping centers ...

Macerich Company (The) has declared quarterly dividend of $0.74(+4.23% increase). It goes ex-dividend on 11/9/2017 and is payable on 12/1/2017. Annualized dividend is $2.84 at a yield of 4.98%. Macerich Company (The) has a dividend growth rate of 5.20% (3 Year Average) and has 6 Years of Consecutive Dividend Growth.

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Macerich Company (The) has a twelve month trailing (TTM) earnings per share (EPS) of $1.02, which gives it a dividend payout ratio of 275.90%. The predicted earnings per share for 2018 is $0.85. Earnings per share is further expected to grow by -0.11% annually over the next five years. EPS has grown by 15.50% in the last 5 years. The cash per share is $0.61. Using cash per share we can compute the dividend payout ratio as 465.57%. Macerich Company (The) has a market capitalization of $8.12B. It has a P/E ratio of 55.88. (Forward P/E: 66.80). Macerich Company (The) has a beta of 0.81 and is 18% less volatile than the overall market. Analyst consensus target price is $62.50. Using the forward P/E ratio of 66.80 and forward earnings per share of $0.85 we can compute the fair value of stock as $56.78

**MSC Industrial Direct Company (MSM), +6.67% dividend increase**

MSC Industrial Direct Co., Inc. is a North American distributor of metalworking and maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) products and services. The Company's range of MRO products include cutting tools, measuring instruments, tooling components, met...

MSC Industrial Direct Company has declared quarterly dividend of $0.48(+6.67% increase). It goes ex-dividend on 11/13/2017 and is payable on 11/28/2017. Annualized dividend is $1.80 at a yield of 2.29%. MSC Industrial Direct Company has a dividend growth rate of 23.20% (3 Year Average) and has 6 Years of Consecutive Dividend Growth.

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MSC Industrial Direct Company has a twelve month trailing (TTM) earnings per share (EPS) of $4.00, which gives it a dividend payout ratio of 44.20%. The predicted earnings per share for 2018 is $4.38. Earnings per share is further expected to grow by 10.26% annually over the next five years. EPS has grown by 1.90% in the last 5 years. The cash per share is $0.49. Using cash per share we can compute the dividend payout ratio as 367.35%. MSC Industrial Direct Company has a market capitalization of $4.40B. It has a P/E ratio of 19.63. (Forward P/E: 17.93). MSC Industrial Direct Company has a beta of 0.63 and is 37% less volatile than the overall market. Analyst consensus target price is $83.00. Using the forward P/E ratio of 17.93 and forward earnings per share of $4.38 we can compute the fair value of stock as $78.53

**UMB Financial Corporation (UMBF), +7.69% dividend increase**

UMB Financial Corporation is a diversified financial holding company. The Company supplies banking services, institutional investment management, asset servicing and payment solutions to its customers in the United States and around the globe. The Compa...

UMB Financial Corporation has declared Quarterly dividend of $0.28(+7.69% increase). It goes ex-dividend on 12/7/2017 and is payable on 1/2/2018. Annualized dividend is $1.02 at a yield of 1.37%. UMB Financial Corporation has a dividend growth rate of 15.00% (3 Year Average) and has 12 Years of Consecutive Dividend Growth.

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UMB Financial Corporation has a twelve month trailing (TTM) earnings per share (EPS) of $3.46, which gives it a dividend payout ratio of 28.60%. The predicted earnings per share for 2018 is $4.04. Earnings per share is further expected to grow by 12.00% annually over the next five years. EPS has grown by 3.90% in the last 5 years. The cash per share is $19.20. Using cash per share we can compute the dividend payout ratio as 5.31%. UMB Financial Corporation has a market capitalization of $3.72B. It has a P/E ratio of 21.59. (Forward P/E: 18.48). UMB Financial Corporation has a beta of 0.84 and is 16% less volatile than the overall market. Analyst consensus target price is $75.57. Using the forward P/E ratio of 18.48 and forward earnings per share of $4.04 we can compute the fair value of stock as $74.66

**Aflac Incorporated (AFL), +4.65% dividend increase**

Aflac Incorporated is a business holding company. The Company is involved in supplemental health and life insurance, which is marketed and administered through its subsidiary, American Family Life Assurance Company of Columbus (Aflac). The Company's ins...

Aflac Incorporated has declared quarterly dividend of $0.45(+4.65% increase). It goes ex-dividend on 11/14/2017 and is payable on 12/1/2017. Annualized dividend is $1.72 at a yield of 2.06%. Aflac Incorporated has a dividend growth rate of 5.30% (3 Year Average) and has 34 Years of Consecutive Dividend Growth.

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Aflac Incorporated has a twelve month trailing (TTM) earnings per share (EPS) of $6.62, which gives it a dividend payout ratio of 25.50%. The predicted earnings per share for 2018 is $6.80. Earnings per share is further expected to grow by 13.50% annually over the next five years. EPS has grown by 9.30% in the last 5 years. The cash per share is $10.71. Using cash per share we can compute the dividend payout ratio as 16.06%. Aflac Incorporated has a market capitalization of $33.29B. It has a P/E ratio of 12.64. (Forward P/E: 12.29). Aflac Incorporated has a beta of 0.99 and is 1% less volatile than the overall market. Analyst consensus target price is $81.25. Using the forward P/E ratio of 12.29 and forward earnings per share of $6.80 we can compute the fair value of stock as $83.57

**Fidelity National Financial (FNF), +8.0% dividend increase**

Fidelity National Financial, Inc. (FNF) is a holding company. FNF, through its subsidiaries, provides title insurance, mortgage services and diversified services. FNF operates in four segments: Fidelity National Title Group, Remy, Restaurant Group and C...

Fidelity National Financial has declared quarterly dividend of $0.27(+8.0% increase). It goes ex-dividend on 12/14/2017 and is payable on 12/29/2017. Annualized dividend is $1.30 at a yield of 3.57%. Fidelity National Financial has a dividend growth rate of 10.10% (3 Year Average) and has 5 Years of Consecutive Dividend Growth.

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Fidelity National Financial has a twelve month trailing (TTM) earnings per share (EPS) of $2.36, which gives it a dividend payout ratio of 39.50%. The predicted earnings per share for 2018 is $2.38. Earnings per share is further expected to grow by 1.30% annually over the next five years. EPS has grown by 8.60% in the last 5 years. The cash per share is $4.73. Using cash per share we can compute the dividend payout ratio as 21.14%. Fidelity National Financial has a market capitalization of $11.10B. It has a P/E ratio of 15.43. (Forward P/E: 15.34). Fidelity National Financial has a beta of 0.83 and is 17% less volatile than the overall market. Analyst consensus target price is $39.80. Using the forward P/E ratio of 15.34 and forward earnings per share of $2.38 we can compute the fair value of stock as $36.51

**Waste Connections (WCN), +16.67% dividend increase**

Waste Connections, Inc. is a solid waste services company in North America. The Company provides waste collection, transfer, disposal and recycling services in markets in the United States and Canada. The Company operates through six segments: Southern ...

Waste Connections has declared quarterly dividend of $0.14(+16.67% increase). It goes ex-dividend on 11/7/2017 and is payable on 11/22/2017. Annualized dividend is $0.48 at a yield of 0.67%. Waste Connections has a dividend growth rate of 14.00% (3 Year Average) and has 7 Years of Consecutive Dividend Growth.

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Waste Connections has a twelve month trailing (TTM) earnings per share (EPS) of $1.19, which gives it a dividend payout ratio of 38.40%. The predicted earnings per share for 2018 is $2.41. Earnings per share is further expected to grow by 12.73% annually over the next five years. EPS has grown by 19.90% in the last 5 years. The cash per share is $1.51. Using cash per share we can compute the dividend payout ratio as 31.79%. Waste Connections has a market capitalization of $19.08B. It has a P/E ratio of 60.91. (Forward P/E: 30.01). Waste Connections has a beta of 0.19 and is 81% less volatile than the overall market. Analyst consensus target price is $74.93. Using the forward P/E ratio of 30.01 and forward earnings per share of $2.41 we can compute the fair value of stock as $72.32

**Kimco Realty Corporation (KIM), +3.7% dividend increase**

Kimco Realty Corporation is a self-administered real estate investment trust. The Company is engaged in the ownership, management, development and operation of open-air shopping centers, which are anchored generally by discount department stores, grocer...

Kimco Realty Corporation has declared quarterly dividend of $0.28(+3.7% increase). It goes ex-dividend on 12/29/2017 and is payable on 1/16/2018. Annualized dividend is $1.08 at a yield of 5.89%. Kimco Realty Corporation has a dividend growth rate of 6.70% (3 Year Average) and has 7 Years of Consecutive Dividend Growth.

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Kimco Realty Corporation has a twelve month trailing (TTM) earnings per share (EPS) of $0.39, which gives it a dividend payout ratio of 215.80%. The predicted earnings per share for 2018 is $0.57. Earnings per share is further expected to grow by 5.53% annually over the next five years. EPS has grown by 28.20% in the last 5 years. The cash per share is $0.33. Using cash per share we can compute the dividend payout ratio as 327.27%. Kimco Realty Corporation has a market capitalization of $7.93B. It has a P/E ratio of 47.61. (Forward P/E: 32.21). Kimco Realty Corporation has a beta of 0.66 and is 34% less volatile than the overall market. Analyst consensus target price is $22.69. Using the forward P/E ratio of 32.21 and forward earnings per share of $0.57 we can compute the fair value of stock as $18.36

**Principal Financial Group (PFG), +4.26% dividend increase**

Principal Financial Group, Inc. is an investment management company. The Company offers a range of financial products and services, including retirement, asset management and insurance. Its segments include Retirement and Income Solutions; Principal Glo...

Principal Financial Group has declared quarterly dividend of $0.49(+4.26% increase). It goes ex-dividend on and is payable on 12/28/2017. Annualized dividend is $1.88 at a yield of 2.76%. Principal Financial Group has a dividend growth rate of 18.00% (3 Year Average) and has 5 Years of Consecutive Dividend Growth.

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Principal Financial Group has a twelve month trailing (TTM) earnings per share (EPS) of $4.40, which gives it a dividend payout ratio of 39.30%. The predicted earnings per share for 2018 is $5.51. Earnings per share is further expected to grow by 8.70% annually over the next five years. EPS has grown by 18.70% in the last 5 years. The cash per share is $6.90. Using cash per share we can compute the dividend payout ratio as 27.25%. Principal Financial Group has a market capitalization of $19.80B. It has a P/E ratio of 15.49. (Forward P/E: 12.35). Principal Financial Group has a beta of 1.73 and is 73% more volatile than the overall market. Analyst consensus target price is $70.10. Using the forward P/E ratio of 12.35 and forward earnings per share of $5.51 we can compute the fair value of stock as $68.05

**Prosperity Bancshares (PB), +5.88% dividend increase**

Prosperity Bancshares, Inc. is a financial holding company, which operates through its bank subsidiary, Prosperity Bank (the Bank). The Bank provides a range of financial products and services to small and medium-sized businesses and consumers. The Comp...

Prosperity Bancshares has declared quarterly dividend of $0.36(+5.88% increase). It goes ex-dividend on 12/14/2017 and is payable on 1/2/2018. Annualized dividend is $1.36 at a yield of 2.03%. Prosperity Bancshares has a dividend growth rate of 23.00% (3 Year Average) and has 13 Years of Consecutive Dividend Growth.

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Prosperity Bancshares has a twelve month trailing (TTM) earnings per share (EPS) of $3.95, which gives it a dividend payout ratio of 32.40%. The predicted earnings per share for 2018 is $4.25. Earnings per share is further expected to grow by 3.44% annually over the next five years. EPS has grown by 5.50% in the last 5 years. The cash per share is $5.92. Using cash per share we can compute the dividend payout ratio as 22.97%. Prosperity Bancshares has a market capitalization of $4.57B. It has a P/E ratio of 16.93. (Forward P/E: 15.75). Prosperity Bancshares has a beta of 1.37 and is 37% more volatile than the overall market. Analyst consensus target price is $68.84. Using the forward P/E ratio of 15.75 and forward earnings per share of $4.25 we can compute the fair value of stock as $66.94

**Standex International Corporation (SXI), +12.5% dividend increase**

Standex International Corporation is a diversified manufacturing company. The Company is a manufacturer of a range of products and services for diverse commercial and industrial market segments. The Company has 11 operating segments, aggregated and orga...

Standex International Corporation has declared quarterly dividend of $0.18(+12.5% increase). It goes ex-dividend on 11/8/2017 and is payable on 11/28/2017. Annualized dividend is $0.64 at a yield of 0.61%. Standex International Corporation has a dividend growth rate of 19.50% (3 Year Average) and has 7 Years of Consecutive Dividend Growth.

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Standex International Corporation has a twelve month trailing (TTM) earnings per share (EPS) of $3.65, which gives it a dividend payout ratio of 16.90%. The predicted earnings per share for 2018 is $5.72. Earnings per share is further expected to grow by 9.00% annually over the next five years. EPS has grown by 0.50% in the last 5 years. The cash per share is $6.93. Using cash per share we can compute the dividend payout ratio as 9.24%. Standex International Corporation has a market capitalization of $1.33B. It has a P/E ratio of 28.52. (Forward P/E: 18.21). Standex International Corporation has a beta of 1.60 and is 60% more volatile than the overall market. Analyst consensus target price is $111.67. Using the forward P/E ratio of 18.21 and forward earnings per share of $5.72 we can compute the fair value of stock as $104.16

**Westwood Holdings Group (WHG), +9.68% dividend increase**

Westwood Holdings Group, Inc. (Westwood) is a holding company. The Company operates through two segments: Advisory and Trust. The Company, through its subsidiaries, manages investment assets and provides services for its clients. Its subsidiaries includ...

Westwood Holdings Group has declared quarterly dividend of $0.68(+9.68% increase). It goes ex-dividend on 12/7/2017 and is payable on 1/2/2018. Annualized dividend is $2.48 at a yield of 3.73%. Westwood Holdings Group has a dividend growth rate of 23.90% (3 Year Average) and has 6 Years of Consecutive Dividend Growth.

**Stepan Company (SCL), +9.52% dividend increase**

Stepan Company produces specialty and intermediate chemicals, which are sold to other manufacturers and used in a range of end products. The Company operates through three segments: Surfactants, Polymers and Specialty Products. The Company's principal m...

Stepan Company has declared quarterly dividend of $0.23(+9.52% increase). It goes ex-dividend on 11/29/2017 and is payable on 12/15/2017. Annualized dividend is $0.82 at a yield of 1.02%. Stepan Company has a dividend growth rate of 6.00% (3 Year Average) and has 49 Years of Consecutive Dividend Growth.

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Stepan Company has a twelve month trailing (TTM) earnings per share (EPS) of $3.88, which gives it a dividend payout ratio of 20.40%. The predicted earnings per share for 2018 is $5.16. Earnings per share is further expected to grow by 4.40% annually over the next five years. EPS has grown by 3.10% in the last 5 years. The cash per share is $9.92. Using cash per share we can compute the dividend payout ratio as 8.27%. Stepan Company has a market capitalization of $1.81B. It has a P/E ratio of 20.67. (Forward P/E: 15.55). Stepan Company has a beta of 1.30 and is 30% more volatile than the overall market. Analyst consensus target price is $90.50. Using the forward P/E ratio of 15.55 and forward earnings per share of $5.16 we can compute the fair value of stock as $80.24

**Cass Information Systems (CASS), +4.35% dividend increase**

Cass Information Systems, Inc. (Cass) is a provider of payment and information processing services to manufacturing, distribution and retail enterprises across the United States with operating locations in Missouri, Ohio, Massachusetts, South Carolina a...

Cass Information Systems has declared quarterly dividend of $0.24(+4.35% increase). It goes ex-dividend on 12/4/2017 and is payable on 12/15/2017. Annualized dividend is $0.92 at a yield of 1.41%. Cass Information Systems has a dividend growth rate of 6.30% (3 Year Average) and has 12 Years of Consecutive Dividend Growth.

**Simon Property Group (SPG), +2.78% dividend increase**

Simon Property Group, Inc. is a self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company owns, develops and manages retail real estate properties, which consist primarily of malls, Premium Outlets and The Mills. Simon Property...

Simon Property Group has declared quarterly dividend of $1.85(+2.78% increase). It goes ex-dividend on and is payable on 11/30/2017. Annualized dividend is $7.20 at a yield of 4.60%. Simon Property Group has a dividend growth rate of 11.80% (3 Year Average) and has 7 Years of Consecutive Dividend Growth.

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Simon Property Group has a twelve month trailing (TTM) earnings per share (EPS) of $5.62, which gives it a dividend payout ratio of 121.10%. The predicted earnings per share for 2018 is $7.02. Earnings per share is further expected to grow by 9.72% annually over the next five years. EPS has grown by 11.00% in the last 5 years. The cash per share is $1.56. Using cash per share we can compute the dividend payout ratio as 461.54%. Simon Property Group has a market capitalization of $48.93B. It has a P/E ratio of 27.89. (Forward P/E: 22.31). Simon Property Group has a beta of 0.62 and is 38% less volatile than the overall market. Analyst consensus target price is $189.75. Using the forward P/E ratio of 22.31 and forward earnings per share of $7.02 we can compute the fair value of stock as $156.62

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Unfortunately, I don't own any of those companies Dividend Geek, but nonetheless, that's what I love about the DGI strategy. You invest in companies that have a history in increasing their dividends and all of a sudden you're experiencing compound growth. Good stuff man and thanks for the post.

ReplyDeleteTrue that. Some of these companies are not that great in terms of pay out ratio etc. The idea was to expose myself to these dividend achievers.

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