From the time fire was first discovered until now, energy has played a critical role in the development of modern man. As our society developed, we have required an increasingly large amount of energy. We rely on companies in the Energy Sector to supply our needs.
The Energy Sector includes businesses engaged in the production and sale of energy products. This includes extraction, manufacturing, refining and distribution. As the world's population increases and third-world countries continue to develop, there will be more intense demand on our finite supply of energy.
We have seen this imbalance manifest itself in the form of higher gasoline and diesel prices, which has resulted in upward price pressure on products or raw materials that have to be transported - which is nearly all of them.
This sector will only become more valuable as time passes and resources become more scarce.
This week, I screened my dividend growth stocks database for energy companies with a yield at or above 3% and have increased their dividends for at least 10 consecutive years. The results are presented below:
Helmerich & Payne Inc. (NYSE:HP) is the holding company for Helmerich & Payne International Drilling Company, an international drilling contractor.
Yield: 3.0% | Years of Dividend Growth: 41
Chevron Corporation (NYSE:CVX) is a global integrated oil company (formerly ChevronTexaco) with interests in exploration, production, refining and marketing, and petrochemicals.
Yield: 3.3% | Years of Dividend Growth: 26
Sunoco Logistics Partners (NYSE:SXL) is a master limited partnership (MLP) that was formed by Sunoco Inc. to acquire, own and operate a group of refined product and crude oil pipelines and terminal facilities.
Yield: 3.6% | Years of Dividend Growth: 11
Magellan Midstream Partners LP (NYSE:MMP) is engaged in the transportation, storage and distribution of refined petroleum products primarily through its 9,600-mile pipeline system.
Yield: 3.9% | Years of Dividend Growth: 12
Plains All American Pipeline LP (NYSE:PAA) is a limited partnership that engages in interstate and intrastate crude oil transportation, terminalling and storage, as well as crude oil gathering and marketing.
Yield: 4.5% | Years of Dividend Growth: 13
Enterprise Products Partners LP (NYSE:EPD) is an integrated provider of natural gas and natural gas liquids services, including processing, fractionation, storage, transportation and terminalling.
Yield: 4.6% | Years of Dividend Growth: 16
Buckeye Partners LP (NYSE:BPL) is one of the largest independent U.S. pipeline common carriers of refined petroleum products, with over 6,000 miles of pipeline.
Yield: 6.0% | Years of Dividend Growth: 18
TC PipeLines LP (NYSE:TCP) has interests in over 5,550 interstate natural gas pipelines, including a 46.5% stake in Great Lakes Gas Transmission L.P.
Yield: 6.3% | Years of Dividend Growth: 14
Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP (NYSE:KMP) is one of the largest pipeline master limited partnerships (MLPs) in the U.S.
Yield: 6.3% | Years of Dividend Growth: 17
As with past screens, the data presented above is in its raw form. Some of the the companies would be disqualified for poor dividend fundamentals. However some of the others may be worth additional due diligence.
My database, D4L-Data, is an Open Office spreadsheet containing more than 20 columns of information on the 230+ companies that I track. The data is sortable and has built-in buttons and macros to make it easy to use. Companies included in the list are those that have had a history of dividend growth. The D4L-Data spreadsheet is a part of D4L-Premium Services and is updated each Saturday for subscribers.
Full Disclosure: Long CVX in my Dividend Growth Portfolio. See a list of all my dividend growth holdings here.
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