As summer turns to fall and the heat begins to moderate, winter and its freezing temperatures are just around the corner. However, some companies have been frozen in place for the last year; more specifically, their dividends have been frozen at the same rate for more than a year.
A lot of press is given to companies cutting their dividends. In this spot we normally look at dividend increases. However, this week there were none. So let's look at some companies that have opted to neither raise nor cut their dividends, but instead freeze them at the current rate. Here are 13 select companies with 25 or more years of consecutive dividend increases that have not raised their dividends in the last 12 months:
American States Water (AWR)
This utility primarily serves water customers in California, as well as in Arizona. It also provides electric service to a small section of San Bernardino County.
Last Increase: 11/7/2007 – Years of Consecutive Increases: 54
Parker-Hannifin Corp. (PH)
This company is a global maker of industrial pumps, valves, and hydraulics. Its products are used in everything from jet engines to trucks and autos and utility turbines.
Last Increase: 8/21/2008 – Years of Consecutive Increases: 52
Illinois Tool Works (ITW)
This diversified manufacturer operates a portfolio of about 750 industrial and consumer businesses located throughout the world.
Last Increase: 9/26/2008 – Years of Consecutive Increases: 45
Tennant Company (TNC)
This company designs, manufactures, and markets cleaning solutions.
Last Increase: 2/27/2008 – Years of Consecutive Increases: 37
Mine Safety Appliances (MSA)
This company develops, manufactures and supplies products that protect people's health and safety.