3 shares to grow your income for the next decade

When it comes to dividend income, I like companies that have demonstrated consistent dividend growth in the past and strong prospects to suggest this will continue in the future.

These three companies fit the bill and could grow your income over the next decade:

Australian Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd (ASX: API)

This pharmaceutical wholesaler has a very defensive business and strong consumer brands such as Priceline and Soul Pattinson which is related to API’s significant shareholder Washington H. Soul Pattinson and Co. Ltd (ASX: SOL).

API has a 10-year dividend growth rate of 26% and looking forward, I expect that to continue as the company benefits from a growing and ageing population.

API has a dividend yield of 5.3% and a pay out ratio of 64%

Macquarie Group Ltd (ASX: MQG)

Macquarie is more than just a bank. It’s one of the world’s top infrastructure investors and its asset management division provides consistent annuity income. It also invests in emerging industries such as renewable energy that could provide high rates of return going forward.

Macquarie has a 10 year dividend growth rate of 12.5%, a dividend yield of 4.7% and a pay out ratio of 63%.

BWP Trust (ASX: BWP)

Bunnings Warehouse is one of the best performing businesses out of all the subsidiaries owned by Wesfarmers Ltd (ASX: WES) with recent performance better than Coles, Kmart and Target.

One way to leverage off the continued performance of Bunnings is with an investment in BWP Trust, the largest owner of Bunnings Warehouse properties in Australia. BWP Trust has a portfolio of 80 stores with 99% occupancy rates.

BWP Trust has a 10 year dividend growth rate of 3.7%, a dividend yield of 5.5% and a pay our ratio of 100%.

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Motley Fool contributor Kevin Gandiya has no position in any of the stocks mentioned.

You can follow Kevin on Twitter @KevinGandiya.

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