BMW reduces dividend by 12,5%

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Recently BMW announced a reduction of their dividend by €0,50. The dividend got reduced from €4,00 to €3,50.

I own 30 shares of BMW so my yearly estimated dividend income declined by €15. Dividend got reduced in line with the profit development. Payout ratio over 2018 is 32% whereas the payout over 2017 was 30,3%

Based on the cyclical nature of the automotive industry I understand that BMW is a position in my portfolio where times of dividend growth can stop for some time, although I not expected a cut this year already. Based on the relative low payout ratio of BMW I assumed a steady dividend.

As a result of the dividend reduction my yield on cost will now be 4,87%. I hold this position in my portfolio.

Purchase 26 shares Bayer

Today I purchased 26 shares Bayer against a price of €57,24 including costs. Bayer is down almost 50% to it’s 52 weeks high. Last month the stock price declined almost 20% after a U.S. jury found the Roundup weed killer to have been a substantial factor in a California man’s cancer.

I decided to start a position in Bayer to keep them for the long term and enjoy their divind of €2,80 per year. My yield on cost will be 4,89%. Bayer has many quality divisions, but the stock price is under big pressure due to legal issues regarding Roundup. Bayer acquired the Roundup brand as part of the merger with Monsanto.

My yearly estimated dividend income increased by €72,80 as a result of this purchase.

Purchase 50 Colony Capital Pref H & 50 Colony Capital Pref I

Today I a total of 100 preferred stocks from Colony Capital divided over 2 different series.

50 preferred shares from series H with a dividend of 7,125%. Series H are callable from 13 April 2o20. Based on a purchase price of $21,97 my yield on cost will be 8,1%.

I also bought 50 preferred shares from series I with a dividend of 7,15%. Series I are callable from 5 June 2022. Based on a purchase price of $22,55 my yield on cost will be 7,9%.

With the purchase of 50 shares of both series I add $178,40 to my yearly estimated dividend income.

Purchase 6 share Tableau

Yesterday I started a small position in software company Tableau (DATA). Tableau is offering software which is strong in data visualization. I’m using their applications myself and I’m extremely positive about the capabilities of Tableau.

As business controller I’m often working on turning data into information which supports making decissions. Tableau helps to turn data into visualized analysis which makes way more easier to understand the data than just sending some tables in Excel.

Tableau is already long on my watchlist, but I never spotted a serious dip to start a position. I’m now starting a minor position of 6 shares with a purchase price of $134,30 with the intention to increase this position in the future.

Tableau is not paying a dividend at the moment so my yearly estimated dividend income doesn’t change.

Purchase 5 shares

Today I purchased 5 shares of (CRM) at a price of $165.06. I have Salesforce on my watchlist for a really long time already and planned to buy it on a dip, but was never able to find a good moment to buy.

Because of the strong positions Salesforce has in CRM software I decided to start an initial position in with the intention to increase this position further in the future. is not paying any dividend so my estimated dividend income will not change.

February 2019 Dividend Report

Monthly Report February:

In February I received €126,17 in dividend payments. Previous year in February I received €86,53 so my dividend income is up 231%.

This month I received payments from only 6 companies. Dividend payments from AbbVie, Omega Healthcare Investors and Simon Property Group are responsible for over 50% of my income this month.

Besides dividend income I also secured €10,15 in option income from a written put on ING.

Dividend Income – €126,17:

Omega Healthcare32,21
Simon Property Group28,87
Royal Bank of Canada13,79
EPR Properties10,32

Options Income – €10,15:

  • ING P9.20 15FEB19 – €10,15


Dividend Changes:

2019 Target Status:

  • I’m at €2.600 out of €14.400 deposit target (18,1%)
  • I’m at €266,49 out of €3.500 dividend received target (7,6%)
  • I’m at €10,15 income from writing options

Bank of Nova Scotia declares CAD 0.87 dividend

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Bank of Nova Scotia announced a dividend increse of 2,4%. The dividend goes up from CAD 0,85 to CAD 0,87 per quarter.

I have 32 shares of Bank of Nova Scotia so my yearly dividend income will increase with CAD 1,66.

As a result of the dividend increase the yield on cost is now 4,89% for me. This is the 18th dividend increase this year for me.

Royal Bank of Canada adding 4 cents to quarterly dividend

Royal Bank of Canada announced a 4 cent increase of their quarterly dividend. The dividend is increased from C$0,98 to C$1,02.

This is an increase of 4,1%. I have 21 shares Royal Bank of Canada. As a result my yearly estimated dividend income will increase with C$2,18.

Based on the new dividend my yield on cost is now 3,48%. This is the 17th dividend increase in 2019 for me.

Purchase 91 shares AGNC investment Corp

This week I bought 91 shares AGNC Investment Corp at a price of $17,60. AGNC is a mortgage REIT. AGNC is an internally-managed mortgage REIT which is predominantly investing in agency mortgage-backed securities.

AGNC Investment Corp is currently paying a monthly dividend of $0,18. On a yearly basis the yield is 12,3%. As a result of the 91 shares I purchased, my yearly estimated dividend income increased by $196,56.

Mortage REIT’s are a very specific investment category. Mortage REIT’s provide financing for real estate by purchasing or originating mortgages and mortgage-backed securities. mReit’s are basically earning their income by the difference between the interest they receive on the mortages or mortage-backed securities they own and the interest they pay on their loans.

Mortgage REITs often attract short term loans against a low interest rate to originate long term mortgages or buy long term mortgage-back securities. As a result mREIT’s are extremely sensitive to interest rate increases, because this will reduce the spread between the interest they receive and pay.

I own shares in REIT’s in various categories. Already for a long term I have AGNC investment corp on my watchlist to also have exposure to the mortgage REIT category.

I have to say that I consider it difficult to understand a company like AGNC. Normally when I read the annual report or other presentations of the company it’s rather easy to get an idea about what a company is doing from the brands they own, the products they produce or the list of properties they own.

In the annual report of AGNC is a list with the duration and interest rates of their assets, but I consider it difficult to see in this what the MOAT is of a mortgage REIT. AGNC is mainly investing in securities backed by single-family residential mortgages and collateralized mortgage obligations guaranteed by government agencies Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and Ginnie Mae. For this reason and their monthly payments I decided to add AGNC Investment Corp as mREIT to my portfolio.

I will enjoy their monthly payments, but I don’t expect any capital appreciation from this investment. Also I realize that rising interest rates will mean a dividend cut. To keep a balanced portfolio I will probably add another mREIT, but I doubt these will ever be among my biggest positions as mREIT’s are able to often bring high yields, but also volatile yields.

Quarterly Dividend Coca Cola up from $0,39 to $0,40

Today Coca Cola announced a 2,6% increase of their quarterly dividend. As a result of this increase the dividend is up from $0,39 to $0,40 per quarter.

I have 39 shares Coca Cola so as a result my yearly estimated dividend income increased with $1,36. Yield on cost is now 3,60%.

This dividend increase is slightly disappointing for me, because I expected a 2 cents increase just as in previous years. Nevertheless I’m happy with the 16th dividend increase this year.