First and foremost we are sorry for the late posts in getting March’s info uploaded, but better late than never. And speaking of better, for March 2022, the Divs4Jesus Portfolio received dividend income from twenty-six different companies (AFL, PSX, V INTC, F, AMGN, JNJ, SNA, CVX, EVR, PRU, HON, WBA, MET, RHI, FAF, LYB, NWL, TSN, SWKS, VALE, LEA, TROW, EVC, AVGO, & SPG). The total was $1,648.89. This was a 30% increase from March of 2021 where the total was $1,269.88. The increase was due to increased payments from twenty-three of the companies and new payouts from portfolio adds AMGN, CVX, and FAF. Plus resumed payments from F and SPG paying out in March this year instead of April like in 2021. Over $1,000.00 of this was from VALE who is still paying out large dividends thanks to high commodity prices.
For December 2021, the Divs4Jesus Portfolio received dividend income from twenty-five different companies (AFL, PSX, INTC, F, HON, LYB, JNJ, V, AMGN, SNA, EVR, WBA, CVX, MET, SWKS, RHI, FAF, NWL, TSN, PRU, LEA, TROW, EVC, AVGO, & SPG). The total was $491.66. This was a 11% increase from December of 2020 where the total was $444.73. The increase was due to new payments from AMGN, CVX, & FAF. A resumption of the dividend from F, SPG paying out in December this year which they did not do last year, and increased payments from the remaining payers. The increase is also despite of no special payment from MSM this year, which accounted for 38% of December 2020’s total payment so we’re really happy to see us beat the year over year.
This December payment put us well over the $7,000.00 mark for the year, with the total dividends in 2021 closing out at $7,241.99.
A full recap of 2021 and comparison year over year will be posted in the coming weeks.
The increase was due to increase payments from PSX, V, HON, SWKS, JNJ, LYB, EVR, SNA, WBA, RHI, NWL, TSN, PRU, AEG, TROW, EVC, and AVGO. New payments from INTC, AMGN, CVX, MET, and FAF. Restarted dividends from LEA, though less than they were paying pre-pandemic. And Lastly, SPG paying out in Oct last year instead of September as is typical for them.
As noted throughout our posts this year, we expect the year over year percentages to vary wildly from month to month as the pandemic threw off the typical months a bunch of our companies payout. Overall we’ve crossed our original goal for this year of $4,000.00 in dividend income and are now seeing how much of a beat we can get on the year! We also hit the milestone of crossing $10,000.00 in total dividend income since the start of the portfolio in 2018!
For June 2021, the Divs4Jesus Portfolio received dividend income from twenty-three different companies (AFL, PSX, V, INTC, HON, SWKS, JNJ, SNA, CVX, EVR, WBA, MET, LYB, FAF, RHI, NWL, TSN, PRU, SEIC, TROW, LEA, EVC, AVGO). The total was $379.85 This was a 123% increase from June of 2020 where the total was $170.46.
The increase was due to new payouts from AFL, INTC, CVX, MET, FAF, SEIC. A resumption of dividends in LEA. TROW, EVC, AVGO paying out in June this year instead of July. And finally increased payouts from PSX, V, HON, SWKS, JNJ, SNA, EVR, WBA, LYB, RHI, NWL, TSN, PRU. As noted prior, we expect the year over year percentages to vary wildly from month to month as the pandemic threw off the typical months a bunch of our companies payout. However, we’re happy to take these 100% increases and tracking the yr/yr we are well ahead of where we were last year.
For March 2021, the Divs4Jesus Portfolio received dividend income from twenty different companies (AFL, PSX, V, INTC, SWKS, JNJ, SNA, PRU, EVR, WBA, HON, RHI, NWL, MET, TSN, LYB, VALE, TROW, EVC, and AVGO). The total was $1,298.68. This was a 526% increase from March of 2021 where the total was $207.55.
This marks the first time the Portfolio has hit the four figures mark for any one month. It’s also more income than the Portfolio received in it’s first entire year just a short three years ago.
The heavy lifting was done this month by VALE who paid out $979.02 itself. Last year, due to COVID VALE paid out their March payment in August, however it was significantly less. The remainder of the March dividends came from new payments from AFL, INTC, JNJ, HON, & MET. Increased payments from V, SWKS, PSX, SNA, PRU, EVR, WBA, RHI, NWL, TSN, LYN, LEA, & TROW. EVC and AVGO also paid out in March this year instead of April like last year. And lastly, in spite of no payments from F, or SPG this March.
For September 2020, the Divs4Jesus Portfolio received dividend income from seventeen different companies (PSX, SWKS,V, HON, JNJ, LYB, SNA, EVR, WBA, RHI, TSN, NWL, PRU, AEG, TROW, EVC, AVGO). The total was $243.18. This was a 59% increase from September of 2019 where the total was only $153.35. The difference was increased payments from V, SNA, LYB, PRU, WBA, TSN, NWL, RHI, SWKS, and TROW. New payments from PSX, HON, JNJ, and EVR. Plus EVC and AVGO paying out in September this year instead of October like last year.
This is also in spite of F making no dividend payment and payments from AEG and EVC essentially being cut in half due to COVID-19. We cautiously hope to continue the beat streak month over month and finish the year out strong. We are also happy to see our yearly total break the $2,000.00 mark this month and we still have three more months to go!
One Year – Portfolio Review
As, some of my readers know, I didn’t start this blog until March of this year, but the thoughts for Divs4Jesus started back in September/October 2017. Officially, the first purchase for the Divs4Jesus Portfolio was made on November 6th 2017. I purchased 11 shares of OHI for $319.57.
My next purchase was the mining stock, VALE, in December. I went full tilt with the purchase, meaning it was a significant amount of money (approx. 10x my monthly deposit amount) and it all went in one spot. However, I had been tracking VALE for a while and liked what the company was doing to reduce debt and reorganize itself. Looking back now, a year later, it was a great bet. In fact, my best performer of the year at close to 30% return (dividends included).
The goal of this account though is steady, growing income. Unfortunately, due to the cyclical nature of the mining business I can’t expect to rely on this higher beta stocks that will ebb and flow with the economy. As such, I’ve spent rest of the first year diversifying the portfolio. I’d like have at least 33 different stocks so my risk is more spread out. To accomplish this, I’ve made it a goal to purchase a different stock every month. So far, I’ve accomplished this. Doing so has brought VALE down from 99% of the portfolio to around 45%. Ultimately, I think I’d like my portfolio not to be weighted more than 10-15% in any one stock. So, there’s still a long way to go to get VALE down to those percentage amounts.
As for the other purchases I’ve made throughout the year, I have my own set of values I use to screen the stocks, but am flexible if I think there’s a good deal to be had in any one month. Typically, I look for undervalued stocks, with low or manageable debt levels, who pay a dividend with a low/safe payout ratio. I do take risks on turnaround stories, VALE is a good example, but I’d say GME and NWL are also bets on turnaround or buyouts. I won’t go through every stock I know in this post, but I hope to one day do a write up on the purchases explaining why I’ve decided to make the purchase I did. Maybe I’ll even go back and do a good write up on the stocks currently in my portfolio as well. Let me know if you readers would like to see that.
As noted above, I have my own rating system I use to influence my picks. However, I also use a number of online screeners as well to help pick my stocks. In the future, I will have a couple posts detailing my screening process. I also may one day show you my own rating system, but for now I want to test it myself and see how useful it is before I profess its value to you guys!
Charting my performance
Below is a chart that has tracked my progress since the beginning, Nov 6, 2017, through November 6, 2018. In general, I don’t really care day to day whether I’m up or down, but ultimately, my goal is to not only achieve quality dividend returns, it’s also to at least match the broader market indexes. Well preferably to beat them. I think if I can accomplish such a feat I’ d consider it ‘money well invested.
So, as you can see from the chart below, since my first purchase I’ve had a positive unrealized return of 13.30% on my investments without taking into consideration dividend returns (only capital appreciation). The wild swings are mostly due to the high percentage of my portfolio which is invested in VALE. But I’ve slowly been diversifying away from such a high concentration, so over time hopefully the swings will be more muted. However, as we all know, the markets also been much more volatile than in the past few years, so only time will tell.
The steady climb in account value is due both to capital appreciation on the stocks as well as monthly capital contributions. Right now, I’ve averaged somewhere around $1,500.00 a month in contributions. Which typically go to the purchase of one new stock.
2.23x greater return than the S&P500 over 1 year
The one item that really stands out for me and gives me hope that I’m doing something right is that throughout my first year I’ve either beaten or stayed even percentage wise vs the S&P500. As of November 6, 2018, my total percentage return stands at 13.30% since inception (and that doesn’t include any dividend income!). The S&P500 over that same period has only returned 5.96%. 2.23x greater return than the S&P500. While I don’t expect to more than double the S&P 500 every year, I’m glad some of my bets paid off well in my first year. This provides a ton of motivation going forward.
I will do a separate post to analyze/summarize the dividends I’ve received after the end of the calendar year. I might also update this post so my YOY will be in sync with the calendar year as well.
Lastly, thanks to everyone whose stopped by and read my posts and commented with their thoughts. It’s much appreciated. I hope you’ve found some value in my posts. Cheers!
On October 31, 2018, 93 shares of NWL were purchased. The cost, including fees, was $1,504.25. For an average cost per share of $16.17.