Exelon Corporation (EXC), National Grid plc (ADR) (NGG), Philip Morris International Inc. (PM): The World’s Best Dividend Portfolio

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In June 2011, I invested my money equally in a selection of 10 high-yield dividend stocks. With a year of success behind me, in July 2012, I added even more money to the portfolio, and then more again in 2013. Those names offer triple the yield of the average S&P 500 stock. You can read all the details here. Now let’s check out the results so far.

Company Cost Basis Shares Yield Total Value Return
Exelon Corporation (NYSE:EXC) $41.36 28.818 4.1% $866.85 (27.3%)
National Grid plc (ADR) (NYSE:NGG) $48.90 20.3693 5.5% $1,153.31 15.8%
Philip Morris International Inc. (NYSE:PM) $78.05 25.5429 3.9% $2,241.39 12.4%
Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc. (REIT) (NYSE:RHP) $40.96 39.3 5.3% $1,484.75 (7.8%)
Plum Creek Timber Co. Inc. (NYSE:PCL) $38.42 26 3.8% $1,206.14 20.7%
Brookfield Infrastructure Partners L.P. (NYSE:BIP) $26.12 38.2825 4.7% $1,395.78 39.6%
Vodafone Group Plc (ADR) (NASDAQ:VOD) $27.26 74 5.5% $2,125.28 5.4%
Seaspan Corporation (NYSE:SSW) $15.24 95 6.5% $1,905.70 31.7%
Retail Opportunity Investments Corp (NASDAQ:ROIC) $12.20 81.95 4.4% $1,105.51 10.6%
Annaly Capital Management, Inc. (NYSE:NLY) $25.50 38.9 7.7% $951.49 (4.1%)
Gramercy Property Trust Inc (NYSE:GPT) $4.48 223 0% $1,054.79 5.6%
Cash $544.76
Dividends Receivable $161.74
Original Investment $13,983.01
Total Portfolio $16,197.48 15.8%
Investment in SPY (Including Dividends) 22.1%
Relative Performance (Percentage Points) 6.3

Source: Capital IQ, a division of Standard & Poor’s.

There has been quite the switch in portfolio performance in the past couple of weeks, and it looks like investors were switching out of dividend stocks. The total portfolio is now up 15.8% — down 0.1 points since last week. Investors really have shifted out of dividend stocks for the moment, but we’ve found some great deals in Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc. (REIT) (NYSE:RHP) and Gramercy Property Trust Inc (NYSE:GPT).

So that all leads us to underperformance on the S&P of 6.3 percentage points. Some day investors will get over their short-term dislike for dividend stocks, and we’ll narrow the gap. The blended yield remains at 4.8%.

I’m not worried over these short-term issues, and I’ve been preparing for them by saving up dividends in the approach of a good buying opportunity. The portfolio now has more than $500 in accumulated dividends, with more than $140 in accrued payouts. All that will be reinvested in what I think is the best idea in the portfolio.

Brookfield Infrastructure sold off its 42% stake in Powerco, New Zealand’s second-largest utility, for $408 million to AMP Capital. This is part of Brookfield’s typical strategy of harvesting assets and then recycling that capital into higher-returning assets.

Exelon Corporation (NYSE:EXC)Shares of Annaly common stock continue to plumb the depths. The stock reached a new 52-week low earlier this week and continues a downward trend since March or so. If you buy the stock based on the trailing yield, it looks appealing, but you should expect that dividend to shrink in good times, as it has in the past. The portfolio sold out at prices above $15 per share and moved into the much less volatile Series D preferred stock.

Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc. (REIT) (NYSE:RHP) repurchased nearly $55 million of its 3.75% convertible debt due 2014 last week. I like the move, though over $304 million more in converts remain outstanding. I continue to like Ryman a lot. On the most recent conference call, management spoke of potentially using debt to buy back more stock, a move that I like a lot at these prices. With such premier assets, this company deserves a much higher valuation.

What does President Obama’s climate change policy mean for our investment in Exelon Corporation (NYSE:EXC)? Fellow Fool Justin Loiseau says things look positive for our nuclear-heavy utility, and you can read his detailed thoughts in this article.

We finally got word on dividends from our two U.K. companies. National Grid plc (ADR) (NYSE:NGG) will pay out about $2.09 per share on Aug. 21, while Vodafone Group Plc (ADR) (NASDAQ:VOD) distributes about $1.05 per share on Aug. 7. Those dividends contribute meaningfully to the nearly $160 in payouts that are owed to the portfolio.

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