3 Dividend Growth Stocks – Week of 1/28

Dividends provide more than just a predictable, low-risk, spendable and repeatable investment return to shareholders. Repeated increases in dividends can also be seen as an indication of a sound, growing company.

Companies that have repeatedly increased dividends, as well as have a record of recent dividend increases can be seen as attractive growth stocks with healthy futures.

Here are three dividend growth stocks that raised dividends last week, and have also raised dividends for the last 10 years –

Alliant Energy Corporation – SYM: LNT
Recent Price: $48.31
Dividend Raises: The company raised quarterly dividends by 6.10% to $0.48/share. This is the 21st consecutive annual dividend increase for this company. Over the past decade, the company has managed to increase dividends at an annualized rate of 6.80%.
Description: Alliant Energy Corporation operates as a utility holding company that provides regulated electricity and natural gas services. It operates through three segments: Utility Electric Operations, Utility Gas Operations, and Utility Other.

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Fastenal Company – SYM: FAST
Recent Price: $68.34
Dividend Raises: The company increased quarterly dividends by 11.42% to $0.39/share. This is the 26th consecutive annual dividend increase for this company. Over the past decade, the company has managed to increase dividends at an annualized rate of 13.30%.
Description: Fastenal Company, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the wholesale distribution of industrial and construction supplies in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and internationally. It offers fasteners, and related industrial and construction supplies under the Fastenal name. The company’s fastener products include threaded fasteners, bolts, nuts, screws, studs, and related washers, which are used in manufactured products and construction projects, as well as in the maintenance and repair of machines. It also offers miscellaneous supplies and hardware, including pins, machinery keys, concrete anchors, metal framing systems, wire ropes, strut products, rivets, and related accessories. The company serves the manufacturing market comprising original equipment manufacturers; maintenance, repair, and operations customers; and non-residential construction market, which includes general, electrical, plumbing, sheet metal, and road contractors. It also serves farmers, truckers, railroads, mining companies, schools, and retail trades; and oil exploration, production, and refinement companies, as well as federal, state, and local governmental entities. Fastenal Company was founded in 1967 and is headquartered in Winona, Minnesota.

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J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc. – SYM: JBHT
Recent Price: $204.37
Dividend Raises: The company raised quarterly dividends by 2% to $0.43/share. This is the 20th year of consecutive annual dividend increase for this company. The company has managed to grow dividends at an annualized rate of 10.80% over the past decade.
Description: J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc. provides surface transportation, delivery, and logistic services in North America. It operates through five segments: Intermodal (JBI), Dedicated Contract Services (DCS), Integrated Capacity Solutions (ICS), Final Mile Services (FMS), and Truckload (JBT). The JBI segment offers intermodal freight solutions. It operates 115,150 pieces of company-owned trailing equipment; owns and maintains its chassis fleet of 95,553 units; and manages a fleet of 6,081 company-owned tractors, 615 independent contractor trucks, and 7,972 company drivers. The DCS segment designs, develops, and executes supply chain solutions that support various transportation networks. As of December 31, 2022, it operated 12,328 company-owned trucks, 570 customer-owned trucks, and 1 contractor trucks. The company also operates 23,354 owned pieces of trailing equipment and 4,968 customer-owned trailers. The ICS segment provides freight brokerage and transportation logistics solutions; flatbed, refrigerated, expedited, and less-than-truckload, as well as dry-van and intermodal solutions; an online multimodal marketplace; and logistics management for customers to outsource the transportation functions. The FMS segment offers delivery services through 1,506 company-owned trucks, 303 customer-owned trucks, and 20 independent contractor trucks; and 1,297 owned pieces of trailing equipment and 316 customer-owned trailers. The JBT segment provides dry-van freight services by utilizing tractors and trailers operating over roads and highways through 620 company-owned tractors and 14,718 company-owned trailers. It also transports or arranges for the transportation of freight, such as general merchandise, specialty consumer items, appliances, forest and paper products, food and beverages, building materials, soaps and cosmetics, automotive parts, agricultural products, electronics, and chemicals. The company was incorporated in 1961 and is headquartered in Lowell, Arkansas.

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