Using the Canadian Dividend All-Star list from December 31, 2021, I determined the monthly dividend growers for 2022. To be included, companies had to pay a monthly dividend, increase their distribution at least once in the last 12 months, and have a minimum 5-year history of annually increasing their payouts. From the 93 companies appearing on the initial Canadian Dividend All-Star list, there were only 15 who paid dividends monthly (the rest are quarterly payers). Sadly, I had to remove Chartwell Retirement Residences who had not raised their distributions in almost two years <- probably a good thing given the pandemic they have been navigating. The resulting 14 companies included nine real estate investment trusts (REITs). As the payout ratios and valuations of REITs are usually calculated based on funds from operations (FFO) or adjusted funds from operations (AFFO), looking at the EPS payout is not particularly relevant for these companies. For your browsing pleasure, here are the 14 monthly dividend payers heading into 2022:
As with any other screen, the above list is simply a starting point for further research. Clearly, a deeper dive is required based on the average EPS payout ratio over 70%. That said, the above list had an average return of 20% in 2021, including a 3.4% dividend payout and appears to be growing distributions by about 5% yearly, all very impressive figures.
As always, if you know of any other Canadian monthly dividend payers with a history of boosting their payouts, please reach out to me so that I can correct the above list.