Sunday, 1 April 2018

#93 March Summary

Favourite time of the month again, especially after a bonus month AND the Cheltenham bonanza.


A great one-off month, we managed a 40% savings rate from the bumper pay. If you removed the short term debts we're repaying this would be closer to 60%!

Came to an agreement with the Mrs that in return for the purchase of one very expensive new pram - for our third child due in May - I could play football next season :) . So about £400~ was put down on the pram for this month and a 12 month 0% loan added to the liabilities.

Really happy with the decision to split the bonus 5050 between direct pension contributions and cash. The pension contributions should filter through to my assets by next month and the cash went towards paying down the car loan, knocking nearly 2 years off the 5 year repayment plan.

In terms of current assets and liabilities so excluding pension and mortgage, we currently owe £1,500 more than we have saved. Coupling debt decreasing by monthly debt repayments with normal monthly investments I'd expect to turn this into a positive probably not next month but in June.


March 2018
Gross Salary$20,906.51
Other Income$1,652.43
Total Income$22,558.94
Tax & NI$5,103.37
Variable Spending$3,039.55
Fixed Spending$1,544.56
Short Term Debt Repayment$3,759.89
Total Spending (exc Investments)$13,447.37
Net Income$9,111.57
Savings Rate (%)40
Pension Payments (Inc employer)$8,034.65

Current Assets:

March 2018
Shares ISA$81.11
Sharesave 2019$1,700.00
Sharesave 2020$500.00
Global Fund ISA$1,376.34
Dividend ISA$388.33
Total Liquid Assets$6,479.09
Student Loan$0.00
Everyday Credit Card Balance$388.34
HMRC Debt$0.00
Carpet Loan$1,089.43
Car Loan$5,986.02
Pram Loan$518.00
Total Liquid Liabs$7,981.79
Net Liquid Assets-$1,502.70


Monday, 19 March 2018

#92 March Dividend Stock Purchase

My screen v3 returned quite a few stocks so I've picked a handful to look at more deeply.

I've chosen to narrow down this list by looking at the stocks with the:

  1. highest average dividend growth over 5 years
  2. highest current yield
  3. longest period of dividend growth
    1. I chose two here as there was little difference and one was quickly ruled out


Stock #1 has the highest average dividend growth over the last 5 years. Bellway (BWY)

Why would I buy?

It ticks all my screening requirements, has a great average dividend growth over 5 years and the payout ratio remains particularly low. They've increased operating profit year on year for 5 years whilst increasing net assets. 0/8 brokers suggest a sell, 5 a buy.

What concerns or considerations do I have?

The dividend has been cut twice - in '08 and '09. Plus the more recent annual dividend was significantly lower than the previous 5 - pointing to the dividend growth wave slowing down.


The div was indeed cut, but at least it was maintained during a horrible time for companies in this sector. If indeed the dividend wave has been ridden it was still a double digit increase last year and with the current yield this company still meets my requirement of return on capital via dividends only within 18 years with a div growth as low as 4%.


Stock #2 has the highest yield @ 6.9% = Greene King (GNK)

Why would I buy?

It ticks all v3 screen requirements and has a very high current yield with decent dividend growth. Although they've only had 7 years consecutive dividend increases the two cuts in '09 and '10 were both small reductions (13% and 4%) compared to most other cuts I have seen which when the decision is taken to cut quite a chunk (40%+) is removed.

What concerns or considerations do I have?

Whilst revenue has increased year on year for the past five years, operating profit, profit before tax and EPS have all reduced in at least one of the 5 years.
Reading the HL research view  provides explanations for this. In a nutshell they are in an ever competitive market and are being driven down on price and up on investment which has resulted in the higher revenues but reductions in profits.


If the concerns about the competitive market were not there this would not be at the current yield.
The fluctuations in the profitability of the company need to be weighed up against the high yield.


Stock #3 has longest unbroken years of increasing the dividend = Spectris (SXS)

Yield only 2.2%, ave growth over 5 years is 5%, which is outside of the timeframe (23-25 years instead of 18) for dividend return on capital I have been considering. Given this I won't be investigating any further for now.


Stock #4 has the second longest continuous streak of raising dividends = RPC Group (RPC)

Why would I buy?

It ticks all the requires for my v3 stock screen and has 25 years of increasing dividends. Revenue, profits and net assets have all increased annually over the last 5 years, and 5/6 brokers recommend a buy, the other is a neutral.

What concerns or considerations do I have?

Yield at 3.6% is lower than the 4% target I had buy coupled with ave dividend growth of 18% over 5 years it easily fits within the return on capital via dividends only period.

*Update* However, I've just found out that the dividend history from DividendMax website is different to that on HL and the Telegraph. So then updating the dividend growth returns a an ave growth of 14%. However, this is based on one giant increase last year by 61% and the remaining 4 years grew at a rate of 3% which would bring it below my return threshold target.



I'm happy to invest in BWY & RPC.

Given the amount I've learnt and the updates to my stock screen, my initial purchase of SSE looks considerably more riskier than I initially envisaged. For that reason for this stock purchase I'm going to opt for the one which I deem less risky - RPC - I'm particularly impressed by the 20+ years of consecutive dividend increases.

However, I do like what I saw with BWY and expect this to be a contender in April.

Here's the purchase...

This adds £6.96 to my expected annual income, bringing it to a total of £22.36 expected in dividends each year.