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Fitting Dividend Growth into the Asset Pie

When most of us think of dividend strategies, we think of how much income we will receive today with a focus on the current yield. The types of companies that can deliver high yields are often mature companies with consistent, predictable cash flows. These “high” yield strategies are often heavily weighted in sectors like Utilities, Financials, and REITs. Given their level of business maturity, these stocks are considered more Value stocks as their valuation metrics factor in lower but steady growth going forward.

On the other hand, dividend growth strategies tend to have broader sector exposure because of the dynamic nature of where dividend growth can be sourced at any given point in time. As the graph above shows, the dividend growth portfolio (on the left) is a mix of Growth and Value stocks. The dividend growth portfolio is not as beholden to the rotation between Value and Growth. It lies in between. This makes sense, because to deliver a sustainable growing dividend the organic growth of the business itself must be generating the free cash flow to support the rising dividend. The chart below helps illustrate how dividend growth (S&P500 Dividend Aristocrats) fits between typical Growth (Russell 1000 Growth) and Value (Russell 1000 Value).

At Bristol Gate, we identify the fastest dividend growth companies of the highest business quality. The result is a portfolio based on Growth but in a more defensive way and with a better risk profile than the typical secular growth strategies that often do not hold dividend payers.

Often investors wonder where Dividend Growth fits into their personal portfolio. We argue that Dividend Growth holds a place between Growth and Value because the attributes that Dividend Growth strategies bring to a portfolio are uniquely positioned between the two of them. The underlying quality factors of dividend growers may help enhance an investor’s overall asset mix.

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