Safe and Stable Dividend Paying Stocks – Dividend Champion and Contenders List


With interest rates at historic lows and continuing to look to be that way for the foreseeable future, investors and retirees alike are looking at dividend paying stocks to supplement their income. Dividend paying stocks can offer relatively ‘stable and safe’ yields of 4% provided you do your research and buy in to the right companies. Unlike incomes from bonds, companies can cut their dividends in the face of trouble just like Tesco and BHP Billiton recently did. Although income from dividend paying stocks is riskier, it need not be. Buying into a diversified collection of blue chip can provide you with a decent income whilst partially insulating you from the risks of a dividend cut.

One method I personally use to search for stable dividend paying stocks is to look at the dividend champions and dividend contenders lists.

Dividend champions are stocks that have paid increasing dividends for 25 years or more and dividend contenders are stocks that have paid increasing dividend for 10-24 years. The reason for looking at dividend champions and contenders is simple – the longer a company has paid dividends, the more stable and predictable its business tends to be and this increases the safety of your dividend.

Below is a list of London listed stocks that appear on the dividend champions and dividend contenders lists. I have also added the length of time each of the stocks has paid an increasing level of dividends.

      • Cobham plc (COB) – 28 years
      • City of London Investment Trust (CTY) – 28 years
      • Diageo plc (DGE) – 27 years
      • PZ Cussons (PZC) – 27 years
      • Spirax-Sarco Engineering plc (SPX) – 27 years
      • Cranswick plc (CWK) – 27 years
      • The Merchant Trust plc (MRCH) – 26 years
      • Spectris Group plc (SXS) – 26 years
      • Rotork plc (ROR) – 26 years
      • Young & Co’s Brewery plc (YNGA) – 26 years
      • National Grid plc (NG) – 24 years
      • RPC Group plc (RPC) – 23 years
      • WPP plc (WPP) – 23 years




      • Croda International pc (CRDA) – 23 years
      • Next plc (NXT) – 23 years
      • Derwent London (LON) – 23 years
      • Bunzl plc (BNZL) – 22 years
      • Halma plc (HLMA) – 22 years
      • Vodafone group plc (VOD) – 21 years
      • James Fisher and Sons plc (FSJ) – 21 years
      • J Smart & Co plc (SMJ) – 21 years
      • Interserve plc (IRV) – 19 years
      • Ultra Electronics Holdings plc (ULE) – 19 years
      • Highcroft Investments plc (HCFT) – 19 years
      • Mears Group plc (MER)- 19 years
      • Dewhurst plc (DWHT)- 19 years
      • The Bankers Investment Trust plc(BNKR) – 18 years
      • Carillion plc (CLLN) – 17 years
      • British American Tobacco plc (BATS) – 16 years
      • A.G. BARR plc (BAG) – 16 years
      • Bloomsbury Publishing plc (BMY) – 16 years
      • Invesco Income Growth Trust plc (IVI) – 16 years
      • Diploma plc (DPLM) –  16 years
      • Imperial Brands Group plc (IMB) -15 years
      • SSE plc (SSE) – 15 years
      • Domino’s Pizza Group plc (DOM) – 15 years
      • RPS Group plc (RPS) – 14 years
      • Pearson plc (PSON) – 14 years




      • Capita plc (CPI) – 14 years
      • Victrex plc (VCT) – 14 years
      • ITE Group plc (ITE) – 14 years
      • Compass Group plc (CPG) – 14 years
      • Genus plc (GNS) – 14 years
      • Beazley plc (BEZ) -13 years
      • Intertek Group plc (ITRK) – 13 years
      • TR European Growth Trust PLC (TRG) – 13 years
      • Shire Pharmaceuticals Group plc (SHP) – 12 years
      • Sky plc (Sky) – 12 years
      • RWS Holdings plc (RWS) – 12 years
      • Hill & Smith Holdings plc (HILS) – 12 years
      • Chesnara plc (CSN) – 12 years
      • Atkins (WS) plc (ATK) – 12 years
      • Dechra Pharmaceuticals plc (DPH) – 12 years
      • First Derivatives plc  (FDP) – 12 years
      • BAE Systems plc (BA.) – 11 years
      • Prudential plc (PRU) – 11 years
      • Nichols plc (NICL) – 11 years
      • Brooks Macdonald plc (BRK) – 11 years
      • Paypoint plc (PAY) – 11 years
      • Treatt plc (TET) – 11 years
      • Aberdeen New Dawn Investment Trust plc (ABD) – 11 years
      • JD Sports Fashion plc (JD) – 11 years
      • Edinburgh Investment Trust plc (EDIN) – 11 years
      • Ashtead Group plc (AHT) – 10 years
      • Associated British Foods plc (ABF) – 10 years
      • Aberdeen Asset Management plc (ADN) – 10 years
      • StatPro Group plc (SOG) – 10 years
      • Abcam plc (ABC) – 10 years
      • ARM Holdings plc (ARM) – 10 years
      • Judges Scientific plc (JDG) – 10 years

 

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