Twenty-five weeks ago, I invested my cold hard cash into 10 high-yield dividend stocks I believe will beat the market. Let's see the results so far:
Altria (NYS: MO)
Philip Morris (NYS: PM)
National Grid (NYS: NGG)
Annaly Capital Management (NYS: NLY)
Frontier Communications (NYS: FTR)
France Telecom (NYS: FTE)
Vodafone Group (NYS: VOD)
Investment In SPY
Return vs SPY
Source: Capital IQ, a division of Standard & Poor's, as of Aug 9.
Over the past week, the S&P 500 crashed 13.4%. As the market fell, our portfolio outperformance rose from 7.99% to 11.91%, showing the strength of solid dividend stocks versus the general market. While outperformance is always good, it should be taken with a grain of salt. We're investing for the long term, and it's only been twenty-five weeks. I firmly believe the results will bear us out.
Movers and shakers
Of our stocks, the biggest mover in the portfolio the past week was Frontier Communications, which fell 14.6%. The next largest drop in the portfolio was France Telecom at 9.5%. Vodafone, which two weeks ago finally announced it will receive its long-expected dividend from Verizon Wireless, also fell 6.8%.
There are five upcoming dividends for the portfolio:
National Grid will pay a dividend of $1.9005 on Aug. 17. The ex-dividend date was June 3.
Southern Co. will pay a dividend of $0.4725 on Sept. 6. The ex-dividend date was July 28.
Eli Lilly will pay a dividend of $0.49 on Sept. 9. The ex-dividend date is Aug. 11.
Frontier Communications will pay a dividend of $0.1875 on Sept. 30. The ex-dividend date is Sept. 7.
France Telecom will pay a dividend of $0.85 on Sept. 8. The ex-dividend date is Sept. 5.
Frontier's earnings were below expectations, but earnings aren't the story we are interested in. As fellow Fool Anders Bylund noted:
I don't quite see why you'd hate this report. CEO Maggie Wilderotter noted that cost savings from the integration of Old Verizon and New Frontier is running ahead of schedule, and she increased her annualized savings target from $550 million to $600 million. With $231 million of free cash flow in the quarter, the dividend payout ratio landed at 77% -- within spitting distance of last quarter's 74% payout. Let me remind you here that the astronomical payouts are expected to trail off in coming quarters as capital expense needs decrease.
Frontier's integration is moving along better than expected. Once Frontier no longer needs to invest considerable amounts into upgrading Old Verizon's territory, the company will be able to return more cash to shareholders as dividends.
Unfortunately, I do not have a crystal ball and am unable to time travel. Because of these limitations, I have decided it's best to not try to time the market. All our stocks could fall further, but at these prices I am happy investing our earned dividends in Frontier and Vodafone. With $200 in cash in the portfolio, on Friday at noon, I plan on buying four shares of Vodafone and investing the rest in Frontier.
The thesis behind investing in Frontier has not changed since we first invested in it nearly six months ago. What has changed is that we can now buy the same company for 30% less than before. The thesis for Vodafone also has not changed. The risk has actually lessened somewhat, as we now know when Verizon Wireless will begin paying dividends to Vodafone and how those will flow through to shareholders. All this and we get to buy the stock for 10% less than when we first invested in it.
My Foolish bottom line
I'm highly confident in this portfolio's ability to crush the market over the next decade, and that's why I put $10,000 of my personal cash into these stocks. My strategy is simple. I'm buying strong companies with outsized dividends, reinvesting those dividends, and holding them for the long run. Over the coming year, I'll track my performance, update you on when I'm going to reinvest all my dividends, and keep you abreast of news affecting these companies.
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At the time thisarticle was published Dan Dzombakcan currently be found at the beach in Norfolk or on his Twitter account:@DanDzombak. He really is enjoying reading and watching F-18s fly by. He owns shares of Altria, Philip Morris, National Grid, Annaly Capital, Frontier, Southern Co, France Telecom, Vodafone, Eli Lilly, and Bristol-Myers Squibb.The Motley Fool owns shares of Altria Group, Chimera Investment, Philip Morris International, and Annaly Capital Management.Motley Fool newsletter serviceshave recommended buying shares of Southern, France Telecom, Philip Morris International, Vodafone Group, and National Grid. Try any of our Foolish newsletter servicesfree for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe thatconsidering a diverse range of insightsmakes us better investors. The Motley Fool has adisclosure policy.
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