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We are looking for solid companies that are able to increase their dividends, preferably above inflation rate, each year, which we can buy when they are historically undervalued. Inherently these are defensive companies with sales and profits holding up even in a recession and have strong balance sheets that do not normally depend on huge amounts of debt. Currently, we are focusing on UK companies, but at some stage we also want to buy their Asian and other developing countries’ equivalents. Why, see our recent interview with global value investor Jeffrey Towson.

So, here are some UK examples.


I am a firm believer of the long term up-trend in commodities. Also in a real economic and financial collapse, with ensuing hyper inflation and currency depreciation, prices of gold and several other commodities would go stratospheric. I belief there are a number of undervalued gold miners out there, such as AIM-listed Goldplat which in my view currently represent deep value, but unfortunately it does not pay a dividend (yet).

Instead, we have invested in BHP Billiton (LON:BLT) during the recent sell-off when its share price was nearing historic undervalue levels. Comfortingly, during the last 14 years, BHP has been paying dividends during 12 years including 9 when it increased its dividends by more than 7.5%.


Supermarkets are seen as an obvious defensive sector in tough times. Food sales provide defensive characteristics. Also, the current supermarket ‘price’ war underlines the importance of market share and pricing power. Earlier this year we invested in Tesco (LON:TSCO) - whose UK market share is nearly double that of Sainsbury and Morrisons. Long term, I expect major growth for Tesco to come from its expanding Far Eastern activities which in time will boost its dividends. Also remember Tesco is one of only very few companies listed in London which have been paying increasing dividends for more than 25 years. I like that continuity. Also, while starting from a low base dividend, Tesco has increased its dividend by 7.5% or more in 20 of the last 22 years. Value investor Warren Buffett is a long term investor, having only recently added more into his Berkshire’s holdings.

Consumer staples

Another angle on necessary recession expenditure are consumer-staples manufacturers Reckitt Benckiser and Unilever (LON:ULVR) . Both have…

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BHP Billiton Plc is a global resources company. The Company is a producer of various commodities, including iron ore, metallurgical coal, copper and uranium. Its segments include Petroleum, Copper, Iron Ore and Coal. The Petroleum segment is engaged in the exploration, development and production of oil and gas. The Copper segment is engaged in mining of copper, silver, lead, zinc, molybdenum, uranium and gold. The Iron Ore segment is engaged in mining of iron ore. The Coal segment is engaged in mining of metallurgical coal and thermal (energy) coal. Its businesses include Minerals Australia, Minerals Americas, Petroleum and Marketing. It extracts and processes minerals, oil and gas from its production operations located primarily in Australia and the Americas. It manages product distribution through its global logistics chain, including freight and pipeline transportation. It sells its products through direct supply agreements with its customers and on global commodity exchanges. more »

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Goldplat plc is engaged in the production of gold and other precious metals, by processing by-products of the mining industry, as well as mining itself. Its segments include Recovery operations, which includes the recovery of precious metals from metallurgical challenging materials and the processing of ore, sourced from other mining operations; Mining and exploration, which includes assets held for commercial exploitation of precious metals and exploration assets held where the commercial viability of the ore resource has not yet been evaluated or is in the process of evaluation, and Administration, which includes activities conducted by holding companies in relation to the Company and its subsidiaries. Its portfolio of assets consists of gold recovery operations in South Africa and Ghana, a gold mine in Kenya and exploration projects in Ghana and Burkina Faso. Its projects include Kilimapesa gold mining project, the Nyieme gold mining project and the Anumso gold mining project. more »

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Tesco PLC (Tesco) is a retail company. The Company is engaged in the business of Retailing and associated activities (Retail) and Retail banking and insurance services. The Company's segments include UK & ROI, which includes the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland; International, which includes Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Malaysia and Thailand, and Tesco Bank, which includes retail banking and insurance services through Tesco Bank in the United Kingdom. The Company's businesses include Tesco UK, Tesco in India, Tesco Malaysia, Tesco Lotus, Tesco Czech Republic, Tesco Hungary, Tesco Ireland, Tesco Poland, Tesco Slovakia, Tesco in China, Tesco Bank and dunnhumby. The Company's brands include Finest, Everyday Value, Chokablok and Technika. Finest and Everyday Value are the two food brands in the United Kingdom. The Company offers a range of personal banking products, principally mortgages, credit cards, personal loans and savings. more »

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Fangorn 13th Oct '11 1 of 3

Interesting list. Surprised there's no mention of Pharmaceuticals or Telcos ( the former rates particularly highly in Neil Woodford's defensive orientated Income funds)

Otherwise spot on , most of which I actually hold in my high yield porty element.

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Steven Dotsch 13th Oct '11 2 of 3

Cheers Fangom

The above is only meant as an example of several sectors, and some of the participants therein, which have a number of criteria which fit most of our investment philosophy. I could also have included the pharma, telco and some other sectors, including potential relevant companies therein. Next time.

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Fangorn 13th Oct '11 3 of 3

Look forward to the next installment. :)

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Steven is the editor of Dividend Income Investor.com and publisher of the Guide to Dividend Investing. Dividend Income Investor.com provide savers, investors and (future) retirees with concise information when dividend paying shares are historically under- or overvalued. Dividend Income Investor.com's investment strategy is aimed at maximising total returns by providing timely information to subscribers on when a dividend paying company is historically undervalued. Focus is on sound stock selection and the ability to recognise value using dividend yields in order to identify undervalued and overvalued shares. As part of the Dividend Income Investor.com premium content offering, subscribers have exclusive access to Dividend Value Profiles of companies whose share prices are historically undervalued, as well as occassional Dividend Income Reports. and DII Snapshots. The latter are mini reports based on exactly the same valuation methodology used for our Dividend Value Profiles and Dividend Income Reports with concise information whether a dividend paying company is currently historically undervalued, overvalued, or, somewhere in between. We have also put more than £75,000 of our own money behind our dividend income investment strategy creating the Dividend Income Portfolio which over time will invest in up to 30 dividend paying companies in order to create a diversified and increasing stream of tax-free dividend income. Steven Dotsch said "In the current climate of low interest rates, increasing inflation, and huge budget deficits now more than ever individuals need to take responsibility of their finances in making sure that they can afford to retire when they want to. By empowering individuals with the right information on how to build a portfolio of high quality dividend paying companies which consistently increase their dividends they can safeguard their futures.” Steven Dotsch - Managing editor - http://www.dividend-income-investor.com - For an example Dividend Value Profile click: http://www.dividend-income-investor.com/british-american-tobacco/ more »


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