One of the most gratifying things about compiling the Dividend Champions spreadsheet is witnessing the steady stream of dividend increases, which are announced throughout the year, in wave after wave, by the Champions, Contenders, and Challengers.

(Note that all references to Champions mean companies that have paid higher dividends for at least 25 straight years; Contenders have streaks of 10-24 years; Challengers have streaks of 5-9 years. “CCC” refers to the universe of Champions, Contenders, and Challengers.)

[ad#Google Adsense 336×280-IA]The companies below now qualify as Dividend Challengers because 2015 marks their fifth year of higher dividends.

Many Dividend Growth investors focus on companies that are just beginning their dividend-growth streaks, reasoning that they have more potential for future increases.

As you can see, June represents the “Quiet” period of the year,when fewer increases are announced,but the pace of increases should pick up markedly as we head into Fall.

Here are the latest companies to qualify:

aMR=Most Recent; DGR=Dividend Growth Rate; *Offers Company-sponsored Dividend Reinvestment/Stock Purchase Plan. Unlike brokerage “DRIPs,” these allow cash investments of as little as $25. A list of No-fee company-sponsored DRIPs can be found here.

High Probability Increases
The repeatability factor for CCC dividend increases is generally about 90%, which inspires some confidence. Keep in mind, though, that the companies above are just reaching a fifth year of increases, so they haven’t yet established as strong a dividend-increasing “culture” and might be more inclined to cut or freeze the payout during recessions. Here’s a list of 22 more companies that are likely to declare the fifth year of increases by September 11:

bEx-Div Date refers to previous (year ago) increase. *Offers Company-sponsored Dividend Reinvestment/Stock Purchase Plan; (a)Annual Dividend

— David Fish