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HollyFrontier Declares 4th Special Dividend in 2012

HollyFrontier Corporation (NYSE:  HFC) announced  that its Board of Directors declared an additional special cash dividend in the amount of $0.50 per share, payable on October 2, 2012 to holders of record of common stock on September 25, 2012.

Mike Jennings, CEO and President of HollyFrontier, said, “Our Board of Directors’ decision to issue a 2nd special dividend for the third quarter 2012, our 4th special dividend this year, and our 6th special dividend since the completion of the merger that formed HollyFrontier in July 2011, is a reflection of our continued commitment to return capital to shareholders. The Board of Directors has declared $3.00 of special and regular dividends in the last twelve months representing a 7.5% dividend yield on today’s closing price of $40.00 per share. In total, HollyFrontier has returned $952 million of capital to shareholders since July 2011, $741 million in special and regular dividends as well as $211 million in share repurchases of its common stock as of the second quarter results announcement.”

HollyFrontier said last month that its second-quarter profit more than doubled as the refiner saw strong revenue growth, helped by the merger. The company has benefited from increased oil production in the Bakken region of North Dakota and the Permian Basin in Texasand New Mexico, as a glut of crude oil in the midcontinental region has allowed HollyFrontier to boost refining margins.

HollyFrontier is trading at $40.00, 49% below its fair value of $59.77.  HollyFrontier pays a quarterly dividend of 1.50%.  HollyFrontier has an equity summary score of 9.4 out of 10 for a VERY Bullish outlook.

Subscribers to the Get Rich Monthly Income Plan have been investing in HollyFrontier since January 2012 with a total return of 134% year to date.

AOL Offers a 15% Special Dividend

AOL Inc. (NYSE: AOL) authorized a special, one-time, cash dividend of $5.15 per share, payable on December 14, 2012 to shareholders of record at the close of business on December 5, 2012.  AOL does not currently pay a regular dividend.  Based on the current AOL stock price, the $5.15 special dividend will result in a dividend yield of 15%.

AOL has agreed to repurchase $600 million worth of common stock under the ASR Agreement, utilizing the share repurchase authorization previously approved and an incremental $10 million authorized by the Company on August 26. AOL will pay the $600 million at the beginning of the ASR Agreement and expects to receive shares throughout the remainder of the year and a substantial majority of the shares underlying the transaction before year-end, including approximately 4 million shares that Barclays will deliver to AOL onAugust 30.

The moves underscore AOL’s desire to establish a new image — a shareholder-friendly reputation — following years of presenting haphazard strategies and poorly received initiatives.

AOL has an equity summary score of 7.7 out of 10 for a Bullish outlook.

New Special Dividend Paying a 24% Yield!

Evolving Systems, Inc. (EVOL), a leading provider of software solutions and services to the wireless, wireline and IP carrier market, announced it will distribute approximately $19.3 million in cash to stockholders in the form of a $1.70 per share, one-time special dividend. The special dividend will be payable on May 29, 2012. If a stockholder sells their shares before May 30, 2012, the stockholder will have to relinquish the dividend to the buyer.  EVOL is trading at $7.10 making the special dividend a 24% dividend yield.

“This will be our second special dividend paid in 2012, underscoring the Board of Directors’ commitment to return value to stockholders,” said Thad Dupper, Chairman and CEO. “Our two special dividends, combined with regular quarterly dividends we began paying in 2010, bring the total cash returned to stockholders to $4.05 per share, or over $45.0 million. At the same time we continue to invest in product development and other growth initiatives and maintain a strong, debt-free balance sheet.”

As of the first quarter ended March 31, 2012, Evolving Systems had cash and cash equivalents combined with long-term investments in marketable debt securities that totaled $31.0 million.

Anixter International Inc. (AXE), a leading global distributor of communication and security products, electrical and electronic wire & cable, fasteners and other small parts, announced that it’s Board of Directors declared the payment of a special dividend to shareholders of $4.50 per common share, or a total cash outlay of approximately $150 million. The special dividend is payable on May 31, 2012 to shareholders of record on May 16, 2012.  AXE is trading at $61.71 for a special dividend yield of 7.29%.

SMTP (STMP) is a leading provider of cloud-based services to facilitate email deliverability, including bulk and transactional sending, reputation management, compliance auditing, abuse processing and issue resolution. Our services provide customers with the ability to increase the deliverability of email with less time, cost and complexity than handling it themselves.  SMTP trades OTC at $1.24 per share for a total dividend yield of 11.5%.

Special Dividend.  We have a cash surplus that has been earned over the last several years in excess of $1.4 million, and we intend to distribute $1.4 million in cash to our shareholders in the form of a Special Dividend, which will be paid on 5/31/12 to shareholders of record as of 5/21/12 (the “Record Date”).  In the event that an outstanding warrant to purchase up to 800,000 shares of common stock at a $0.625 strike price is exercised before the Record Date, the special dividend will be increased to up to approximately $1.9 million.

Quarterly Dividend.  Additionally, we intend to commence the payment of a regular quarterly dividend to our common stockholders, initially in the amount of $200,000 per quarter, which will be included with the special dividend payment and will be paid on 5/31/12 to the same special dividend Record Date shareholders. The initial quarterly dividend represents approximately 90% of one fiscal quarter of our 2011 net after tax earnings. Going forward, we intend to continue regular dividend payments each quarter (approximately 45 days after quarter end), with a general guideline of paying out 80%-90% of each fiscal quarter’s net earnings. We believe that our quarterly dividend payments will generally increase each quarter, as we focus on maintaining strong profitability, with consistent top-line growth.

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