2 ASX 200 dividend heavyweights to buy and hold until you retire

They might not quite be dividend aristocrats, but these two ASX shares come close.

a couple clink champagne glasses on board a private aircraft with gourmet food plates set in front of them. They are wearing designer clothes and looking wealthy.

Image source: Getty Images

You’re reading a free article with opinions that may differ from The Motley Fool’s Premium Investing Services. Become a Motley Fool member today to get instant access to our top analyst recommendations, in-depth research, investing resources, and more. Learn More

Key points

  • The US markets have dozens of dividend aristocrats – shares that have raised their dividends for 25 years straight
  • They even have a few dividend kings
  • But here are the closest things to a dividend aristocrat that the ASX has to offer...

A dividend aristocrat is a very special thing. It is typically defined as a dividend share that has increased its annual dividend payouts to investors every year for at least 25 years.

Such a long and steady track record shows that a company is financially stable and strong enough to fork out such a large volume of cash consistently.

Over on the US markets, there are many dividend aristocrats. Some you might have heard of include Caterpillar Inc (NYSE: CAT), Exxon Mobil Corp (NYSE: XOM), and McDonald's Corp (NYSE: MCD).

What's more, is that the US markets also boast quite a few dividend kings. These fabled royals of the share market have a 50-year streak of annually raising their dividends. This list is a lot smaller but includes Coca-Cola Co (NYSE: KO), Colgate-Palmolive Company (NYSE: CL), and Altria Group Inc (NYSE: MO).

Does the ASX offer any dividend aristocrats?

Unfortunately, here on the ASX, we have no dividend aristocrats by the US definition. Let alone dividend kings.

But we do have a couple of ASX dividend heavyweights that come close. And they are two shares that I think any investor could comfortably buy and hold for the long term.

The first is Brickworks Limited (ASX: BKW). Brickworks is a building and construction materials company. But it also has a few other earning streams, including from its lucrative property business.

Brickworks has a strong dividend track record. It hasn't raised its dividend for 25 consecutive years, so we can't call it an official dividend aristocrat.

But what it does have is a 45-year history of not cutting its dividends. In other words, Brickworks has either maintained or increased its annual dividends every year since 1976. Definity heavyweight material.

Soul Patts: 3 years to go

The second is Washington H. Soul Pattinson and Co Ltd (ASX: SOL).

Soul Patts is the closest thing to a dividend aristocrat the ASX has. No, Soul Patts hasn't quite got to 25 years of annual dividend raises. But it has upped its annual dividend every year since 2000. That means it's only three years away from becoming the ASX's first dividend aristocrat.

Soul Patts is a rather interesting company. It functions more as a listed investment company (LIC) than a traditional ASX business, owning large chunks of other ASX shares in a massive investment portfolio.

This it runs for the benefit of its shareholders. Soul Patts' largest holdings include TPG Telecom Ltd (ASX: TPG), New Hope Corporation Limited (ASX: NHC), and Brickworks itself.

But Soul Patts also owns a large and diversified portfolio of ASX 200 shares, thanks to the acquisition of ASX LIC Milton Corporation last year. These include your typical ASX holdings like BHP Group Ltd (ASX: BHP) and Commonwealth Bank of Australia (ASX: CBA).

Both of these would-be ASX dividend aristocrats have a long history of delivering meaningful returns to their shareholders. And both boast unrivalled dividend records on the ASX, if not yet long enough to qualify for the 'dividend aristocrat' tag.

As such, Soul Pattss and Brickworks are two ASX dividend heavyweights that I would happily buy and hold until retirement and beyond.

Motley Fool contributor Sebastian Bowen has positions in Altria Group, Caterpillar, Coca-Cola, McDonald's, and Washington H. Soul Pattinson And. The Motley Fool Australia's parent company Motley Fool Holdings Inc. has positions in and has recommended Brickworks and Washington H. Soul Pattinson And. The Motley Fool Australia's parent company Motley Fool Holdings Inc. has recommended the following options: long January 2024 $47.50 calls on Coca-Cola. The Motley Fool Australia has positions in and has recommended Brickworks and Washington H. Soul Pattinson And. The Motley Fool Australia has recommended Tpg Telecom. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy. This article contains general investment advice only (under AFSL 400691). Authorised by Scott Phillips.

More on Dividend Investing

A doctor or medical expert in COVID protection adjusts her glasses, indicating growth or strong share price movement in ASX medical, biotech and health companies
Healthcare Shares

Should I buy CSL shares now for their 'steadily growing' dividends?

CSL has increased its interim and final dividend payouts for four years running now.

Read more »

Hand of a woman carrying a bag of money, representing the concept of saving money or earning dividends.
Dividend Investing

3 excellent ASX 300 income stocks for investors to buy

Analysts think these stocks could be in the buy zone right now.

Read more »

Happy man holding Australian dollar notes, representing dividends.
Dividend Investing

3 of the best ASX dividend stocks to buy now

Analysts have given the thumbs up to these stocks. Let's find out why.

Read more »

Man looking amazed holding $50 Australian notes, representing ASX dividends.
Dividend Investing

2 ASX dividend shares to buy next week

Brokers have good things to say about these income options.

Read more »

A female broker in a red jacket whispers in the ear of a man who has a surprised look on his face as she explains which two ASX 200 shares should do well in today's volatile climate
Dividend Investing

Top brokers name 3 ASX dividend stocks to buy

These dividend shares were give the thumbs up by analysts last week. But why?

Read more »

Man smiling at a laptop because of a rising share price.
Dividend Investing

One ASX dividend machine I'd buy over Fortescue shares right now

When it comes to dividends, growth can be better than a high yield.

Read more »

Excited woman holding out $100 notes, symbolising dividends.
Dividend Investing

3 ASX dividend stocks with great yields to buy today

These dividend options have been given the thumbs up by analysts.

Read more »

two men in hard hats and high visibility jackets look together at a laptop screen that one of the men in holding at a mine site.
Dividend Investing

How big will the BHP dividend be in 2025?

Let's see if the mining giant will be rewarding shareholders with more generous dividends.

Read more »