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The top companies that have increased their dividend every year

21st Mar 18 8:22 am

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The Association of Investment Companies (AIC) has published an updated list of next generation dividend hero investment companies, those which have consecutively increased their dividend each year for at least 10 years but less than 20 years.

This year, there are four new joiners to the next generation of dividend heroes, who have all consecutively increased their dividend for the past 10 years. They are: Standard Life UK Smaller Companies, Henderson Far East Income, HICL Infrastructure and MedicX.

Annabel Brodie-Smith, Communications Director, Association of Investment Companies said: “With four new joiners, there are now 21 investment companies that have increased their dividend every year between 10 and 20 years – the next generation of dividend heroes. Looking at the whole industry, 13 per cent of investment companies have now increased their dividend every year for 10 years or longer.

“Investors are still searching for income and the investment company industry offers a unique combination of features that makes them attractive to income seekers. These include their ability to smooth dividends by holding back income to boost dividends in tough times and their suitability for illiquid assets such as property or infrastructure, which can offer a higher level of income.” 

Next generation of dividend heroes

Company Number of consecutive years dividend increased
Perpetual Income & Growth 18
Standard Life Equity Income 17
TR European Growth 15
Athelney 15
BlackRock Smaller Companies 14
Establishment Investment Trust 14
Henderson Smaller Companies 14
BlackRock Throgmorton Trust 14
Witan Pacific 13
Artemis Alpha Trust 13
Aberdeen New Dawn 13
Henderson EuroTrust 13
Murray International 13
Edinburgh Investment 12
BlackRock Greater Europe 12
Schroder Oriental Income 11
Henderson European Focus 11
HICL Infrastructure 10
Standard Life UK Smaller Companies 10
Henderson Far East Income 10
MedicX 10

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