Three Small Companies Demostrate Resilence by Dividend Increases

increaseThe wheat is getting separated from the chaff. While big names were cutting dividends to manage their debt, there are slew of mid to small cap companies that are continuing to show resilience, and  continuing to show how to manage sustainable and profitable business even in recession. Many companies are continuing to make sure shareholders have a stake in the business by increasing dividends. Among these dividend growers, following are three companies that have received by attention for the dividend increase.

Lincoln Electric Holdings Inc. (LECO): LECO manufactures and sells welding and cutting products worldwide. The products are mostly sold to industrial customers in general metal fabrication, power generation and process industry, structural steel construction, heavy equipment fabrication, shipbuilding, automotive, pipe mills and pipelines, and offshore oil and gas exploration and extraction markets. The company was founded in 1895 and has headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio. It is part of S&P 400 MidCap index.

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Brown and Brown – A Mid Cap Dividend Growth Company

broLogoBrown & Brown, Inc. (BRO) and its subsidiaries, provides insurance and reinsurance products and services, as well as risk management, employee benefit administration and managed health care services. It is a diversified insurance agency and brokerage firm, markets and sells to its customer’s insurance products and services, primarily in the property and casualty area. BRO has operations in 219 locations and in 37 states.

BRO is member of Mergent’s Dividend Achiever Index and S&P Mid-Cap 400 Index. The most recent dividend increase was in October 2009.

Trend Analysis
Here I am looking at trends for past 9 years of company’s revenue and profitability. These parameters should show consistently growth trends. The trend charts and data summary are shown in images below.

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