Dividends4Life: Does Nike Inc. Belong in Your Dividend Portfolio?

Nike (NYSE: NKE) has never been an obvious dividend play. With a current dividend yield of just 1.2%, the athletic-gear maker offers the fourth-smallest yield among the 30 Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJINDICES: ^DJI) members. The average Dow yield right now is 2.6%, and Nike's payout hasn't matched that yield at any time in the last 10 years. But that doesn't mean that Nike isn't trying to treat its shareholders right. That would be silly, considering that co-founder and Chairman Phil Knight owns nearly 20% of the company. That's plenty of incentive to align Nike's payout policies with the best interest of shareholders.

The company has nearly doubled its dividend payouts in the last five years, and almost quadrupled them in the last decade. The yield has stayed low because Nike shares were rising faster than the dividend policy. That's a very nice problem to have. If you bought Nike stock 10 years ago, you locked in a split-adjusted starting price of $19.10 per share. Measured against that base, today's annual payout at $0.96 per share works out to an effective yield just north of 5%. So Nike may not look like the Dow's richest dividend play right now. But patience is a virtue, and Nike is doing all it can to keep rewarding shareholders -- on top of swiftly rising share prices.

Source: Motley Fool

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1 comments

  1. EL @ MoneyWatch101 // April 7, 2014 at 3:01 PM

    I agree the stock price has been resonable in the past, I would buy in the next market correction.

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