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This under-the-radar FTSE 100 share has hiked dividends 13.7% a year for a decade. Time to buy?

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This FTSE 100 share has flown below my radar for a lot too lengthy and I’m kicking myself in consequence. Distribution group Diploma (LSE: DPLM), which provides technical services to corporations in North America and Europe, has an excellent observe document of long-term share worth and dividend revenue development.

In my defence, the enterprise doesn’t instantly catch the attention. It makes unglamorous industrial merchandise reminiscent of seals, gaskets, filters, wiring, connectors and fasteners for companies. But it’s been flying recently.

Full marks for this share

On 13 Could, the Diploma share worth hit a document excessive after the board posted a 17% rise in adjusted half-year earnings. These have been boosted by six new acquisitions within the interval, together with Peerless for £236m and PAR Group for £38m. 

The inventory’s jumped 33.36% over the past 12 months and a staggering 166.54% over 5. I actually do want to regulate my radar settings in the event that they missed that.

It rewarded loyal shareholders by rising the interim dividend by 5% to 17.3p a share. There’s nothing new about that. It has among the finest dividend observe data on the whole FTSE 100.

It has elevated shareholder payouts by a median fee of 13.7% a 12 months for a decade. This determine’s courtesy of AJ Bell, whose funding director Russ Mould mentioned the group advantages from promoting merchandise “with out which its prospects would battle to function”.

The board has additionally proven how cautious acquisitions can complement the momentum that exists inside an organization, relatively than attempting “to conjure up development from nowhere”, Mould provides.

I’d by no means have imagined Diploma was such a prime FTSE 100 Dividend Aristocrat by trying on the headline yield, which is simply 1.36%. Yields could be deceptive, after all. They’re calculated by dividing the dividend per share by the share worth. So if the share worth climbs, the yield falls, even when the board is progressive, as this one is.

Diploma’s hiked its annual distribution for 23 consecutive years, and is ready to make it 24 this 12 months.

FTSE 100 revenue hero

I could have missed the inventory however others haven’t. The shares aren’t low-cost now, buying and selling at 36.36 occasions earnings. That’s the worth of success.

Given the vary of worth added merchandise it sells, and the completely different sectors it sells throughout, I discover the corporate’s prospects onerous to gauge. My main concern is that if the worldwide financial system stumbles, demand for its merchandise will fall, hitting demand and earnings. With the US financial system slowing, the following 12 months or two could possibly be more durable.

CEO Johnny Thomson is upbeat, forecasting fixed foreign money income development of round 16%. Working margins ought to rise 80 foundation factors to round 20.5%.

I don’t have cash in my account to purchase Diploma as we speak, in any other case I’d. Fingers crossed the shares aren’t even pricier once I do have the money.


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