On February 8th, I added 11 shares of Apple (NADSAQ: AAPL) to The Dividend Beginner’s portfolio. I purchased the shares at $131.75, with a trading cost of $6.95 for a total investment of $1,456.20. Unfortunately this was all the $USD that I had left in my account.
To add more U.S. stocks to my portfolio I’ll have to convert my $CAD at an awful rate… still, I see much more growth coming out of the U.S. than Canada, at least in the near term. I also don’t see very much upside to our currency other than if there was a sudden large increase in the price of oil, while the U.S. will have lower taxes and higher rates propel it’s dollar.
Apple posts record results
Apple, in it’s 2017 Q1 press release announced they had, “posted all-time record quarterly revenue of $78.4 billion and all-time record quarterly earnings per diluted share of $3.36. These results compare to revenue of $75.9 billion and earnings per diluted share of $3.28 in the year-ago quarter.” (apple.com)
While I had high conviction at the complete end of 2016, when I first bought Apple stock – my first tech investment – the great results made me even more optimistic on this name. There are many catalysts that can propel Apple’s share price and total returns, and you can check out those reasons in my previous article.
Pushing all-time highs
While many were touting that the stock price had already increased so much and it was dangerous, it continued to climb and is now at $135.72; and I don’t see it stopping. Even though it just recently pushed all time-highs, that’s the way things are supposed to go. From one high to the next. It appears Warren Buffett quadrupled his investment in Apple in the last quarter, it was discovered from his filings.
Apple is a growth play for me as the dividend is below 2% (1.68% right now), while the majority of my portfolio yields 4% – 6%+. Not to mention, being a Canadian, I am automatically deducted 15% in U.S. tax withholding on those dividends.
Yield on cost lowered to 1.83%
By purchasing the last 11 shares for a cost basis of $1,456.20, my yield on cost was 1.72%.
In my first purchase of Apple last month for 12 shares at a cost basis of $1,409.39 , my yield on cost was originally 1.94%
Now with 23 shares and an average cost basis of $2,865.71 – $124.60 per share. With an annual dividend of $2.28, my final yield on cost is a paltry 1.83%.
This $US position is worth $3,752.79 CAD, the 4th largest position in my portfolio.
Dividend Income increased 1%
My new shares in Apple Inc. add $25.08 USD to my annual dividend income, or $2.09 averaged per month. AAPL has increased their dividend consecutively for 4 years since it was reinstated in 2012 after being cut in 1995. The corporation maintains a very conservative payout ratio of 26.68%, and shouldn’t have any problem increasing it for years to come.
|Annual Dividend Income
|Monthly Dividend Income
Keep in mind. When calculating my annual / monthly dividend income, I use a 1 : 1 ratio for converting USD to CAD to keep it simple (it also keeps things even more conservative).