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10 Best High-Yield Dividend Champions to Buy in August

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In this article, we discuss 10 best high-yield dividend champions to buy in August. You can skip our detailed analysis of dividend stocks, and go directly to read 5 Best High-Yield Dividend Champions to Buy in August

The current market situation and soaring inflation have investors worried about a possible recession. That's why they are flocking to dividend stocks. In CNBC's June survey, nearly 42% of the respondents said that they would likely invest in dividend-paying stocks for the rest of the year.

Daniel Peris, a manager at Federated Hermes Strategic Value Dividend Fund, said that in the current environment his fund would focus on companies that pay dividends, maintain track records of dividend growth, and have strong fundamentals for further growth in payouts. He further emphasized that investors show more confidence in stocks that present attractive dividend yields and have good balance sheets. Some of the most popular dividend stocks that fall in this category are The Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE:PG), PepsiCo, Inc. (NASDAQ:PEP), and Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ). These companies have been providing passive income to shareholders for decades now.

In 2022, the annual dividend rate reached its record high at $550 billion for the first time, according to a report by S&P Dow Jones Indices. Based on this growth, analysts are of the view that dividend payments are expected to jump over 10% at the end of the year, from last year's $511.2 billion. In this context, we will discuss some high-yield dividend champions to buy in August.

10 Best High-Yield Dividend Champions to Buy in August
10 Best High-Yield Dividend Champions to Buy in August

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Our Methodology: 

We selected companies that have consistently raised their dividends for more than 25 years. The stocks mentioned below have yields of over 4% and are ranked from the lowest yield to the highest. In addition to this, we also considered hedge fund sentiment around each stock, based on Insider Monkey's Q1 2022 database of 900+ elite funds.

Best High-Yield Dividend Champions to Buy in August

10. Realty Income Corporation (NYSE:O)

Dividend Yield as of August 1: 4.03%

Realty Income Corporation (NYSE:O) is an American real estate investment trust company that came to prominence because of its monthly dividend policy.

In Q1 2022, Realty Income Corporation (NYSE:O) reported strong free cash flow generation at $513.4 million, up from $352 million in the previous quarter. The company paid $438 million in dividends during the quarter, which takes its payout ratio to 75.6%. Realty Income Corporation (NYSE:O) has a long 28-year history of dividend growth and has paid dividends consecutively for 53 years. It currently offers a monthly dividend of $0.2475 per share, with a yield of 4.03%, as of August 1.

This June, Credit Suisse initiated its coverage of Realty Income Corporation (NYSE:O) with an Outperform rating and a $75 price target.

At the end of Q1 2022, 22 hedge funds in Insider Monkey's database owned stakes in Realty Income Corporation (NYSE:O), down from 30 in the previous quarter. These stakes are collectively valued at $284.8 million. With over 1.8 million shares, Glendon Capital Management was the company's leading stakeholder in Q1.

In addition to famous dividend stocks like The Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE:PG), PepsiCo, Inc. (NASDAQ:PEP), and Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ), Realty Income Corporation (NYSE:O) is also favored by investors in this current market situation.

9. Leggett & Platt, Incorporated (NYSE:LEG)

Dividend Yield as of August 1: 4.52%

Leggett & Platt, Incorporated (NYSE:LEG) is a Missouri-based manufacturing company that specializes in finished products. In Q1 2022, the company reported $39 million in operating cash flow, while its free cash flow came in at $20.3 million. For Fy22, the company expects its operating cash flow to reach $600 million, with $230 million worth of expected dividend payments.

Leggett & Platt, Incorporated (NYSE:LEG) pays a quarterly dividend of $0.44 per share, raising it by 5% in May. The stock's dividend yield came in at 4.52%, based on the close of August 1. The company maintains a 51-year track record of consistent dividend growth.

As per Insider Monkey's database, 15 hedge funds held stakes in Leggett & Platt, Incorporated (NYSE:LEG) in Q1, down from 21 in the previous quarter. The combined value of these stakes is roughly $102 million.

8. Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. (NYSE:TDS)

Dividend Yield as of August 1: 4.57%

Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. (NYSE:TDS) is a telecommunication service company that provides wireless products and services. The company is based in Chicago.

In Q1 2022, Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. (NYSE:TDS) generated $381 million in operating cash flow, up from $240 million in the previous quarter. The company pays a quarterly dividend of $0.18 per share. Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. (NYSE:TDS) holds a 48-year track record of consistent dividend growth. As of August 1, the stock's dividend yield came in at 4.57%.

The number of hedge funds owning stakes in Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. (NYSE:TDS) declined to 12 in Q1 2022 from 20 in the previous quarter, according to Insider Monkey's data. The stakes owned by hedge funds are valued at nearly $53.4 million. GAMCO Investors owned over 1.7 million TDS shares, becoming the company's largest stakeholder in Q1.

7. National Retail Properties, Inc. (NYSE:NNN)

Dividend Yield as of August 1: 4.63%

National Retail Properties, Inc. (NYSE:NNN) is a Florida-based real estate investment trust company that invests in properties that are subjected to long-term leases.

On July 15, National Retail Properties, Inc. (NYSE:NNN) declared a quarterly dividend of $0.55 per share, up 3.8% from its previous dividend. This marked the company's 33rd consecutive year of dividend growth. The company ended Q1 2022 with cash and cash equivalents of $53.7 million and total assets worth over $7.7 billion. Its free cash flow came in at $164.3 million, up from $115.2 million in the previous quarter. The stock's dividend yield stood at 4.63% on August 1.

Appreciating the company's relationship-driven acquisition strategy, Credit Suisse initiated its coverage of National Retail Properties, Inc. (NYSE:NNN) in June, with an Outperform rating.

At the end of March 2022, 18 hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey owned stakes in National Retail Properties, Inc. (NYSE:NNN), worth $92.5 million. In the previous quarter, 16 hedge funds held positions in the company, with stakes valued at $157.7 million. Millennium Management held the largest stake in the company in Q1, worth over $19.4 million.

6. International Business Machines Corporation (NYSE:IBM)

Dividend Yield as of August 1: 5.05%

International Business Machines Corporation (NYSE:IBM) generated over $2.1 billion in free cash flow in Q2 2022. The company's operating cash flow came in at $1.32 billion. Moreover, it returned $1.5 billion to shareholders in dividends during the quarter.

International Business Machines Corporation (NYSE:IBM) has a solid dividend history, offering dividends to shareholders since 1916 while steadily boosting its payouts for the past 27 years. The company's quarterly dividend stands at $1.65 per share, with a yield of 5.05%.

Following the company's recent quarterly earnings, Credit Suisse set a $156 price target on International Business Machines Corporation (NYSE:IBM) in July while maintaining an Outperform rating on the shares.

International Business Machines Corporation (NYSE:IBM) was a part of 43 hedge fund portfolios in Q1 2022, down slightly from 44 a quarter earlier, according to Insider Monkey's data. The stakes owned by hedge funds were collectively valued at nearly $1.2 billion.

Like The Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE:PG), PepsiCo, Inc. (NASDAQ:PEP), and Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ), International Business Machines Corporation (NYSE:IBM) is also one of the most reliable dividend candidates in 2022.

St. James Investment Company mentioned International Business Machines Corporation (NYSE:IBM) in its Q4 2021 investor letter. Here is what the firm had to say:

IBM was not the first company to build computers. The distinction belongs to Sperry-Rand’s subsidiary UNIVAC, which introduced the first commercially successful computers in the early 1950s. In this era, IBM did possess the largest research and development department of the business machines industry and quickly caught up, introducing cost-competitive computers a few years after UNIVAC. By the late 1950s, IBM held the dominant market share in computers. IBM also touted a vastly superior sales organization, which used a sales tactic called “paper machines” (the equivalent of today’s “vaporware”). If a competitor’s product was selling well in a market segment that IBM had yet to penetrate, the company would announce a competing product and start taking orders for the “paper machine” long before it was available.

One cannot overstate how powerful IBM was in the computer industry in the 1950s and 1960s. Every competitor rightly worried that if their product worked too well for too long, it was only a matter of time before an army of IBM salesforce representatives mobilized. In their easily recognizable uniforms of starched white shirts, red ties and blue suits, IBM marketers marched on their customers and offered a more expensive, but much more defensible, choice. “Nobody gets fired for buying IBM” was a common phrase. Even competitors acknowledged that the company excelled at sales. As a UNIVAC executive once complained, ‘It doesn’t do much good to build a better mousetrap if the other guy selling mousetraps has five times as many salesmen.’” (Click here to see the full text)

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