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Hillenbrand Inc (HI) Passes Through 4% Yield Mark

By Dividend Channel Staff, Monday, August 8, 3:46 PM ET
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In trading on Monday, shares of Hillenbrand Inc (NYSE:HI) were yielding above the 4% mark based on its quarterly dividend (annualized to $0.76), with the stock changing hands as low as $16.33 on the day. Dividends are particularly important for investors to consider, because historically speaking dividends have provided a considerable share of the stock market's total return. To illustrate, suppose for example you purchased shares of the iShares Russell 3000 ETF (IWV) back on 5/31/2000 you would have paid $78.27 per share. Fast forward to 5/31/2011 and each share was worth $80.78 on that date, a mere $2.51 or 3.2% increase over eleven years. But now consider that you collected a whopping $9.69 per share in dividends over the same period, increasing your return to 20.27%. Even with dividends reinvested, that only amounts to an average annual total return of about 1.7%; so by comparison collecting a yield above 4% would appear considerably attractive if that yield is sustainable. Hillenbrand Inc (NYSE:HI) is a member of the Russell 3000, giving it special status as one of the largest 3000 companies on the U.S. stock markets.

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In general, dividend amounts are not always predictable and tend to follow the ups and downs of profitability at each company. In the case of Hillenbrand Inc, looking at the history chart for HI below can help in judging whether the most recent dividend is likely to continue, and in turn whether it is a reasonable expectation to expect a 4% annual yield.

HI Dividend History
Date Div*
06/14/11 0.190
03/15/11 0.190
12/13/10 0.190
09/14/10 0.188
06/14/10 0.188
03/15/10 0.188
12/15/09 0.188
09/14/09 0.185
06/12/09 0.185
03/13/09 0.185
12/15/08 0.185
09/12/08 0.183
06/12/08 0.183
12/27/02 0.250
09/26/02 0.250
06/26/02 0.250
03/26/02 0.220
12/27/01 0.220
09/26/01 0.220
06/27/01 0.220
03/28/01 0.190
12/27/00 0.190
09/27/00 0.190
06/28/00 0.190
03/29/00 0.170
12/29/99 0.170
09/28/99 0.170
06/28/99 0.170
03/29/99 0.170
12/29/98 0.150
09/28/98 0.150
06/24/98 0.150
03/27/98 0.150
12/29/97 0.140
09/26/97 0.140
06/26/97 0.130
03/26/97 0.130
12/27/96 0.130
09/26/96 0.130
06/26/96 0.113
03/27/96 0.113
12/27/95 0.113
09/27/95 0.113
* Data may be adjusted for splits; we are not responsible for data errors; always verify data with the company.

According to the ETF Finder at ETF Channel, HI makes up 3.77% of the Guggenheim Spin-Off ETF (AMEX:CSD) which is trading lower by about 6.2% on the day Monday.

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HI operates in the Consumer Services sector, among companies like Regis Corp. (NYSE:RGS) which is down about 6% today, and Matthews International Corp (NASDAQ:MATW) trading lower by about 5%. Below is a three month price history chart comparing the stock performance of HI, versus RGS and MATW.

HI,RGS,MATW Relative Performance Chart


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