The Dividend Destroyers

This infamous list includes stocks that have reduced their dividend payments consistently or stopped paying dividends altogether.

The criteria to become a member of this list are that the stock must have been paying dividends for at least five years and the trend in dividend payments has been declining. One off increases in dividends are discounted if the company has a history of decreasing or missing dividends.

Generally, the share market sees a reduction in dividends as a signal of poor performance and will discount the company’s share price immediately and substantially.

There are several acceptable of positive reasons why companies may reduce or stop dividend payments. These are:

  • To conserve cash for a new investment opportunity that will result in a longer term increase in earnings and possibly dividends.
  • To conserve cash to repay debt and therefore reduce interest costs.

The most common reason however is as a response to reduced actual earnings or to signal lower earnings ahead in the future. Share markets usually respond swiftly and viciously to unexpected dividend reductions and slash the share price accordingly.

An important thing to consider is whether the company has split its shares during the historical period of dividend evaluation. There will be a once of reduction in dividend at each share split so it is important to consider this reason for an apparent poor history of dividend performance.

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Stock Company Sector Dividend
Franking Yield Price
per Share
Star Rating
PRGProgrammed MaintCommercial & Professional Services 7100.0%2.33%3004.80.69x
NUFNufarmMaterials 120.0%1.36%88545.683.81x
NTCNetComm WirelessTechnology Hardware & Equipment 00.0%0%148-1.420.00x
NHFNIB HldgsInsurance 17.5100.0%2.89%60527.71.58x
NHCNew Hope CorpEnergy 6100.0%3.82%1571.370.23x
NCMNewcrest MinMaterials 19.3286-114.9%0.89%216152.262.70x
NCKNick ScaliRetailing 34-96.1%5.52%616461.35x
NBLNoni BRetailing 00.0%0%2001.60.00x
NAMNamoi CottonCommercial & Professional Services 00.0%0%450.260.00x
NABNational Aust BankBanks 198100.0%6.41%3087172.80.87x
MXIMaxiTRANS IndCapital Goods 3100.0%4.48%672.960.99x
MTSMetcashFood & Staples Retailing 4.5100.0%1.73%26017.93.98x
MRNMacquarie MediaMedia 7-90.5%6.09%1159.81.40x
MRMMMA OffshoreTransportation 00.0%0%18-127.140.00x
MQGMacq GrpDiversified Financials 47045.0%5.38%8739657.61.40x
MOCMortgage ChoiceBanks 17100.0%7.46%22816.30.96x
MNYMoney3Diversified Financials 5100.0%3.42%14615.573.11x
MMSMcMillan ShakesprCommercial & Professional Services 65100.0%4.45%1461100.891.55x
NVTNavitasConsumer Services 19.5-72.6%4.28%45622.11.13x
NWHNRW HldgsCapital Goods 00.0%0%959.10.00x
PPTPerpetualDiversified Financials 260100.0%5.25%4950292.81.13x
PPKPPK GrpCapital Goods 00.0%0%20-10.40.00x
PPGPro-Pac PackagingMaterials 2.5100.0%6.76%372.511.00x
PPCPeetReal Estate 00.0%3.75%1208.930.00x
PMVPremier InvestRetailing 51100.0%3.86%132066.261.30x
PMPPMPCommercial & Professional Services 2.40.0%3.18%75.5-5.09-2.12x
PMEPro MedicusHealth Care Equipment & Services 4-145.8%0.79%5099.12.28x
PMCPlatinum CapitalDiversified Financials 00.0%5.75%1743.760.00x
PKAPlukkaDiversified Financials 00.0%0%
PHIPhileo AustReal Estate 2100.0%0.17%121042.3321.17x
PFGPrime FinancialDiversified Financials 0.8100.0%4.1%
PANPanoramic ResMaterials 00.0%0%290.40.00x
OZGOzgrowthNot Applic 0.5100.0%3.13%164.238.46x
OSHOil SearchEnergy 4.1226-1.8%0.64%6408.151.98x
ORIOricaMaterials 52.521.0%2.68%1957103.91.98x
OMHOM HldgsMaterials 00.0%0%31-1.210.00x
OCLObjectiveSoftware & Services 4100.0%1.74%2308.272.07x
MLTMiltonDiversified Financials 18.7-78.3%4.21%44418.791.00x
MLBMelbourne ITSoftware & Services 8100.0%2.44%28710.861.36x
MIRMirrabooka InvestDiversified Financials 14100.0%3.7%2704.840.35x
KCNKingsgate ConsMaterials 00.0%0%30-93.180.00x
KATKatana CapitalNot Applic 0.5-233.3%2.68%
JYCJoyceRetailing 5.5-21.2%4.06%16013.562.47x
JHXJames Hardie IndMaterials 40.6982-2.5%2.24%181381.111.99x
JBHJB Hi-FiRetailing 118-29.9%4.61%2562154.31.31x
IZZiShares China LCapNot Applic 97.32267.2%1.82%5336-198.99-2.04x
IXPiShares Glb Telecom259.0995.0%3.4%7595998.353.85x
IXJiShares Glb Health191.8813.8%1.4%13607906.724.73x
IXIiShares Glb Cons245.714.3%1.88%13033493.522.01x
IVViShares S&P 500Not Applic 510.0012.6%1.62%310614067.327.98x
IVEiShares MSCI EAFENot Applic 185.2933.9%2.2%8375-1875.33-10.12x
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