Kinder Morgan has steadily raised its payout every quarter or two since 1997. The company currently pays out $1.05 a quarter, which management can more than cover with internal cash flow. Kinder Morgan is larger than most of its peers and still has decent access to capital. The company is not shying away from new potential growth projects (when backed by long-term contracts) that the competition is not in a position to undertake, which means it could be able to raise its payout for years and years to come.

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