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Dividend Reinvestment Pays

Over multi-year periods dividend reinvestment can significantly increase the total return of your investments. The following table shows 20-year returns with and without dividend reinvestment for a $10,000 initial investment for fifteen dividend-paying stocks.

All data for a stock are from the investment calculator housed on each company's website.

Dividend Reinvestment Gains
Stock
Quote
With Dividend Reinvestment
Without Dividend Reinvestment
Dividend Reinvestment Gain
Calculator
ABM
$69,661.91
$46,500.00
49.81%
Aqua America
$147,684.94
$107,213.39
37.75%
Colgate-Palmolive 
$121,266.76
$88,182.56
37.52%
Ecolab
$230,794.14
$193,772.80
19.11%
Eli Lilly
$61,394.63
$36,171.84
69.73%
Hasbro
$51,468.16
$33,364.68
54.26%
KB Home
$35,957.86
$27,065.40
32.86%
Kimberly-Clark 
$60,872.86
$36,068.97
68.77%
Noble Energy
$51,530.18
$48,456.00
6.34%
Nordson
$35,157.19
$30,000.00
17.19%
Sanderson Farms
$119,047.38
$89,205.15
33.45%
Sigma-Aldrich
$68,198.02
$58,314.84
16.95%
Tiffany & Co.
$21,472.38
$17,557.12
22.30%
Walgreen
$109,417.36
$91,801.52
19.19%
WGL Holdings
$57,582.03
$23,581.20
144.19%
$10,000 invested on December 31, 1992. Final dividend reinvestment values calculated using May 21, 2013 prices.

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