We are almost to the halfway point of the month and I finally scraped together enough cash to make a purchase for my Empire portfolio. After buying KMI, ADM, DIS and AAPL for my Retirement portfolio it was about time for me to switch gears.
Some of the stocks I was considering included AMNF, V, UPS, BBL, and SO. Finally I decided on United Parcel Service (UPS) because of their strong dividend, incredible growth potential and what I believe to be a fair entry price.
United Parcel Service, Inc. is a package delivery company. The Company is a provider of global supply chain management solutions. It delivers packages in over 220 countries and territories. It also provides control and visibility of customers’ inventories and supply chains via its UPS technology platform. The Company offers transportation, distribution, forwarding, ground freight, ocean freight, air freight, brokerage and financing services.. Source – Google Finance.
UPS generates a ton of cash which they use to pay out a nice dividend and to regularly buy back shares. UPS has raised their dividend every year since 2009. The current UPS dividend yield is about 2.9% and it has been growing at about 9-10% annually over the past 5 years.
Another thing I like to see with dividend growth companies is their ability to pay and even grow their dividend during rough patches. UPS has proven their ability to do this on several occasions when their earnings dropped:
In addition to their healthy dividend, UPS has several areas they are working on to ensure future growth:
- Increase capacity – UPS is investing $3 billion this year
- Increase efficiency through new technologies like route optimization software (expected to save up to $400 million in 2017)
- Continue international expansion
- Focus on fast-growing industries
- Streamline operations, control costs and improve customer service
In my personal experience most people I know and most companies I interact with choose UPS over the competition. Many companies that used to use FedEx, including the company I work for, have recently transitioned over to UPS. These are huge contracts. If my employer identified reasons to make this change then I am certain others are doing the same.
I also believe that the days of shopping in a store are coming to an end. For some people, myself included, this is already a reality. The only thing I go to the store for is groceries – and that is only because I enjoy the process, it is not out of necessity. Everything else I buy? Amazon prime, Target online and various other retailers that offer online services. And who do they (mostly) use to ship products? UPS!
To support this I have compiled annual UPS shipping volumes over the years from their annual reports. I realize there are other factors that contribute to shipping volumes besides people ordering more products online but this certainly doesn’t hurt my argument.
Shipment volumes increased a measly 1.5% going from 2010 to 2011, rising to a massive 7% increase going from 2013 to 2014. I can’t wait to see the final numbers for 2015! The trend is pretty obvious and I don’t see it changing any time soon.
More online shopping + more people / businesses switching to UPS + international expansion + increased efficiency = increased earnings = increasing dividends. I love math.
United Parcel Service (UPS) Purchase Details
- Sector: Industrials
- Industry: Air Freight & Logistics
- Purchase date: 8/10/2015
- Portfolio: Dividend Empire Portfolio
- Shares purchased: 15
- Cost per share: $103.24
- Commissions: $4.95
- Cost basis: $1553.55
- Yield on cost: 2.82%
- Forward income: $43.80
These 15 shares of UPS add $43.80 of forward income to my portfolio, bringing the total up to $779.39. This boost in income all but guarantees my ability to hit my $500 annual dividend goal this year. Especially since I got in just prior to the ex-date.
My Dividend Empire portfolio has been updated to reflect my new addition.
What are you thoughts on UPS? Anybody else interested in package delivery companies for their dividend growth portfolios? Please let me know in the comments section below!