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Dividend Growth with 60% Upside

Trinity Industries (TRN) – Stock Summary

The stock pays a modest dividend yield of 1.07% but it has significant dividend growth potential in the coming years.  The Company has a 5 year average dividend growth rate of 13.40% with dividend growth of 36.36% in the last year.   The dividend will continue to grow as the EPS growth for next year is projected to be 27.23%.  EPS growth in the last quarter was 59.49% compared to the same quarter from a year earlier.  The stock has an equity summary score of 9.9 out of 10 for a VERY BULLISH outlook among analysts.  The stock is reasonable priced with a price to sales ratio of 1.07.

The stock is projected to have earnings of $5.92 in 2014.  Based on a PE of 15, the stock has a 12-month price target of $89, an increase of nearly 60% in the next year.

Trinity Industries, Inc. has declared a quarterly dividend of $0.15 per share on its $1.00 par value common stock. The quarterly cash dividend, representing Trinity’s 199th consecutively paid dividend, is payable January 31, 2014 to stockholders of record on January 15, 2014.

Recent Earnings

Trinity Industries, Inc. announced earnings results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2013, including the following significant highlights:

  • Record quarterly earnings per share of $1.26, a 58% increase year-over-year
  • Anticipates fourth quarter earnings per common diluted share of between $1.24 and $1.34 and raises full year 2013 earnings guidance to between $4.55 and $4.65
  • Rail Group receives orders for 5,610 new railcars during the third quarter resulting in a backlog of 40,050 units with a value of $5.1 billion
  • Structural wind towers business receives orders with a value of $442 million, extending production visibility through 2015
  • Company repurchases approximately 540,000 shares of its common stock during the quarter at a cost of $23.9 million
  • Available liquidity at the end of the third quarter of approximately $1.2 billion

Trinity Industries, Inc. reported net income attributable to Trinity stockholders of $99.6 million, or $1.26 per common diluted share, for the third quarter ended September 30, 2013. Net income for the same quarter of 2012 was $63.2 million, or $0.80 per common diluted share.

New Developments

Trinity Industries Inc. announced on 1/10/2014 that it  has acquired the assets of WesMor Cryogenic Companies through a newly formed subsidiary.  WesMor specializes in the manufacturing, repair, and rehabilitation of cryogenic containers that store and transport LNG and other industrial gases with initial expected annual revenues of approximately $25 million. The transaction includes the acquisition of a manufacturing facility in La Porte, Texas, and three service facilities located in La Porte; Slidell, Louisiana; and Port Washington, Ohio.

Recently, equipment finance company Element Financial Corporation (ELEEF) announced that it has entered into a strategic alliance agreement with Dallas-based Trinity Industries, Inc. (TRN) , a railcar manufacturer and lessor, to provide lease financing for up to US$2 billion worth of railcars over the next two years.  Under the terms of the Agreement, Element will be presented with “preferred opportunities” to enter into lease financings for a diversified fleet of railcars, including new railcars to be manufactured by Trinity , existing railcars from Trinity’s lease fleet as well as secondary market purchases.

Trinity Industries, Inc. recently announced that its subsidiary, Trinity Railcar Repair, Inc., has acquired the assets of Seaboard Railcar Repair (“Seaboard”). Seaboard provides a full range of services for both tank and freight railcars ranging from standard maintenance and program modifications to specialized cleaning, blasting, lining, painting, inspection and testing. The transaction includes the acquisition of two maintenance facilities located in Oklahoma and North Carolina with access to a number of major railroad interchanges. The assets and results of operations of this acquisition will be reflected in the Rail Group for financial reporting purposes.

Trinity Industries, Inc., headquartered in Dallas, Texas, is a diversified industrial company that owns a variety of market-leading businesses which provide products and services to the industrial, energy, transportation, and construction sectors. Trinity reports its financial results in five principal business segments: the Rail Group, the Railcar Leasing and Management Services Group, the Inland Barge Group, the Construction Products Group, and the Energy Equipment Group.

The Right Chemistry for Growth and Income with 42% Upside Potential

What more can an income investor want than a dividend growing at 35% per year and price upside potential of 42% in the coming year.  This is exactly what is possible to owners of Celanese Corp. (NYSE: CE), a global producer of industrial chemicals.  While the current dividend yield is only 1.0%, it will likely continue to grow as EPS is projected to increase 14% in the next year.

The Company has increased its dividends by 140% in the past year and boasts of a 5-year average annual dividend growth rate of 35.1% per year.  The current payout ratio is 21.24%.  Celanese announced a 100% increase in the company’s quarterly common stock dividend on July 25, 2013.  The dividend rate increased from $0.09 to $0.18 per share of common stock on a quarterly basis and from $0.36 to $0.72 per share of common stock on an annual basis.

Celanese posted adjusted EPS of $1.20 per share in Q3, up from a $1.12 gain during the same quarter last year and beating the Capital IQ consensus by $0.05 per share.  Revenue for the manufacturer of thermoplastic polymers slid 1.0% year over year to $1.64 billion, roughly in-line with analyst forecasts.

Looking forward, CE said it expects per-share earnings to continue growing during FY14 through new products and productivity improvement.  Celanese has expanded its polyacetal manufacturing footprint in Asia through investments in joint venture projects in Malaysia, Korea, and Saudi Arabia.  The company signed manufacturing agreements with Malaysia’s Polyplastics Asia Pacific Sdn. Bhd, Korea’s Korea Engineering Plastics, and Saudi Arabia’s Ibn Sina.

We think Celanese can generate above-average revenue growth from geographic expansion and the development of new applications for its products. Due to its size, CE also enjoys a cost advantage in many of its markets. We believe the engineered plastics business has solid long-term growth fundamentals, and that acetate tow remains a stable cash-generating business. Additionally, the European economy seems poised for gradual recovery in 2014.

We look for operating EPS to rise to $4.55 this year, from $3.80 in 2012. Further growth is expected in 2014, with EPS forecast to reach $5.20.   Based on a PE of 15, the 12 month target price is projected to be $78, an increase of 42% from current trading levels.  The Stock has an equity summary score of 8.6out of 10 for a Bullish outlook among analyst.

Celanese Corp. is a global producer of industrial chemicals and has the number  one or two market share in a majority of its products.  Celanese strives to focus its businesses in areas where it has a clear and sustainable competitive advantage to generate long-term earnings growth.  It also continually seeks to optimize its business portfolio to achieve industry, cost and technology leadership while expanding its product mix into higher value-added products. CE’s geographically balanced global footprint is another aspect of its strategy that should fuel future earnings growth, and its global presence is aligned with the current and expected growth of its customers.

The strong cash flow results allowed Celanese to more actively utilize their balance sheet, deploying$96 millionof cash in the quarter to purchase approximately 2 million shares.  Celanese also maintained a cash balance of$1.1 billionand net debt balance of less than$2.0 billion.

The company will cease all manufacturing operations and associated activities at the acetic anhydride plant in Roussillon and at the vinyl acetate monomer (VAM) unit in Tarragona by the end of 2013, and Celanese will proceed to decommission both facilities.

The need for these closure projects emerged from an assessment of Celanese’s overall corporate strategy, which included an assessment of the company’s global manufacturing facilities. Specifically, in support of the company’s acetyl portfolio, the manufacturing footprint strategy favors integrated production sites that provide critical economies of scale.  Celanese expects savings from these closures to be in the range of US $20-30 million in 2014.

A High Yield CEF Trading at a Double Digit Discount

For CEF Investors seeking income, they may want to evaluate Liberty All Star Equity Fund (USA).  This fund has a current distribution rate of 6.97% and still trades at a 10% discount to net asset value (NAV). While the fund is setup for income purposes, it has produced a year-to-date market return of 20% and a one year return on NAV of 29%.  This performance has landed this fund in the top25 CEFs through year to date results.

USA has a 1-year Z statistic of -1.71 while indicates it has a reasonable value compared to past discount of price to NAV.  The fund uses no leverage and no return of capital through distributions.  Here is the recent fund information.

 

 

Fund Style: Large-Cap Core

Investment Managers:
Value Managers:
Matrix Asset Advisors, Inc.
Pzena Investment Management, LLC
Schneider Capital Management   Corporation
Growth Managers:
Cornerstone Capital Management LLC
TCW Investment Management Company

 

Top 20 Holdings at Month-End
(31.9% of equity portfolio)

(Rank   from previous month)

1

Google, Inc., Class A (2)

2.5%

2

QUALCOMM, Inc. (1)

2.4%

3

Schlumberger Ltd. (4)

2.1%

4

JPMorgan Chase & Co. (3)

2.1%

5

Salesforce.com, Inc. (5)

1.8%

6

Amazon.com, Inc. (13)

1.6%

7

Citigroup, Inc. (6)

1.6%

8

Morgan Stanley (9)

1.5%

9

Devon Energy Corp. (11)

1.5%

10

Bank of America Corp. (7)

1.5%

11

Hewlett-Packard Co. (17)

1.5%

12

MetLife, Inc. (8)

1.4%

13

SunTrust Banks, Inc. (12)

1.4%

14

Microsoft Corp. (14)

1.4%

15

American International Group, Inc.   (16)

1.4%

16

Visa, Inc., Class A (15)

1.3%

17

Starbucks Corp. (10)

1.3%

18

Chesapeake Energy Corp. (18)

1.3%

19

Precision Castparts Corp. (22)

1.2%

20

State Street Corp. (20)

1.1%

Holdings are subject to change.

 

Monthly Performance
Performance

NAV

Market   Price

Discount

Beginning of month value

$6.20

$5.41

12.7%

Distributions (Ex-Date October 30)

$0.10

$0.10

End of month value

$6.37

$5.72

10.2%

Performance for month

4.54%

7.58%

Performance year-to-date

27.03%

27.94%

The net asset value (NAV) of a closed-end   fund is the market value of the underlying investments (i.e., stocks and   bonds) in the Fund’s portfolio, minus liabilities, divided by the total   number of Fund shares outstanding. However, the Fund also has a market price;   the value at which it trades on an exchange. If the market price is above the   NAV the Fund is trading at a premium. If the market price is below the NAV   the Fund is trading at a discount.

Returns for the Fund are total returns, which include dividends, after   deducting Fund expenses. The Fund’s performance is calculated assuming that a   shareholder reinvested all distributions and exercised all primary rights in   the Fund’s rights offerings. Past performance cannot predict future   investment results.

Performance will fluctuate with changes in market conditions. Current   performance may be lower or higher than the performance data shown.   Performance information shown does not reflect the deduction of taxes that   shareholders would pay on Fund distributions or the sale of Fund shares. Shareholders   must be willing to tolerate significant fluctuations in the value of their   investment. An investment in the Fund involves risk, including loss of   principal.

 

Net Assets at Month-End   ($millions)
Total $1,111.6
Equities $1,090.0
Percent Invested 98.1%
Sector   Breakdown (% of equity portfolio)*
Financials 25.2%
Information   Technology 18.9%
Consumer   Discretionary 15.6%
Energy 15.0%
Health Care 10.2%
Industrials 7.3%
Consumer   Staples 4.9%
Materials 2.3%
Utilities 0.6%
Total Market   Value 100.0%
*Based on   Standard & Poor’s and MSCI Barra Global Industry Classification Standard   (GICS).

 

Pfizer offers a Total Yield Stock Play with an Increasing Dividend Payout

While income investors constantly seek out stocks with growing dividend yields, they can also benefit from share buybacks.  The share buybacks present an opportunity for investors to get capital gains in addition to current income.  Currently, 80% of S&P 500 companies are buying back shares. Combine this with dividend yield and you can get a total yield of greater than 10% in 2014.  We are presenting a series of stocks worth a look.

Pfizer (PFE) has a projected share buyback yield of 14% and a current dividend yield of 3.49%.  This provides investor a potential for a total yield of 18.2%.  The stock has a 12 month price target of $33.

Investors were pleased to hear that the company intends to increase its dividend payout ratio to 40% (from 33%) by the end of 2013. The company returned about $15 billion to shareholders in the form of dividends and share buybacks in 2012. Pfizer intends to use the proceeds from the sale of the Nutrition business on additional share repurchases and other value creating opportunities.

On 7/30/2013, the Board of Directors authorized a new$10 billion share repurchase program to be utilized over time. This new program is in addition to the$3.1 billion of authorization currently remaining under the previous share repurchase program.

Pfizer posted second quarter 2013 earnings of $0.56 per share, 5% below the year-ago earnings. Revenues, which fell 7% to $12.9 billion, missed the Consensus Estimate of $13.1 billion. Revenue growth was impacted by the loss of exclusivity of certain products and purchasing patterns for Prevnar/Prevenar in some markets.  Pfizer maintained its outlook for 2013. Revenues will be hit by genericization and the expiration of a few co-promotion agreements. The company s pipeline needs to deliver given the Lipitor loss of exclusivity and the upcoming loss of exclusivity on additional products in the next few years.

We expect revenues in 2013 to decline about 12%, primarily reflecting the classification of the animal health business (divested in June 2013) as a discontinued operation. We also project lower sales of established drugs, largely due to ongoing generic erosion in off-patent Lipitor, Detrol and Xalatan, as well as the expiration of certain co-promotion agreements.  However, we project continued gains in Lyrica muscle pain therapy and Celebrex arthritis treatment. We also forecast good growth from emerging markets, new oncology agents such as Xalkori and Inlyta, and from the recent launches of Xeljanz and Eliquis.

In July 2013, PFE announced plans to internally separate into three distinct business segments, two innovative units and one value business.  The first innovative unit will comprise drugs with patent exclusivities beyond 2015. The second innovative segment will include vaccines, oncology agents, and consumer healthcare.  The third value unit will consist of mature drugs, and joint venture products. We believe the new structure should provide investors greater transparency of PFE’s different businesses, and represents a prelude for a potential eventual split-up of Pfizer into three separate firms.

More Special Dividends this Week

Primus Telecommunications Group, Incorporated (PTGI), a leading international wholesale service provider to fixed and mobile network operators worldwide, announced today that its Board of Directors has approved a special cash dividend of $8.50 per share on all issued and outstanding PTGi common stock. The special cash dividend will be paid on August 27, 2013 to holders of record of PTGi common stock as of August 20, 2013.

The dividend creates a current yield of 70%.  The special dividend comes after disappointing earnings.

PTGI shares are down market trading as it reports Q1 revenue of $51.3 million, down from $59.8 million a year prior. Net loss was $3.2 million, or $0.23 per share, compared to $6.9 million, or $0.50 per share.

I would PASS on the PTGI special dividend based on the poor EPS report.

Nature’s Sunshine Products, Inc. (NATR), a leading natural health and wellness company engaged in the manufacture and direct selling of nutritional and personal care products, today reported its consolidated financial results for the second quarter, and declared a special one-time cash dividend of $1.50 per share, a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.10 per share and a $10 million share repurchase program.

The combined $1.60 in dividends creates a current yield of 8.55%.  The dividend is payable on August 29, 2013 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on August 19, 2013. The amount of the cash dividends is expected to be approximately $25.6 million. In addition, the Board of Directors authorized a $10 million share repurchase program to be implemented over two years.

The special one-time cash dividend and share repurchase program is due to the Company’s strong cash flow and its record high quarter-end cash balance of $87.3 million, and the Board’s commitment to return capital to shareholders and its confidence in the long-term growth prospects of the Company’s business.

The stock trades at a PE ratio of 14 and a price to sales ratio of 0.78.

NATR has an equity summary score of 7.4 out of 10 for a Bullish outlook.

This Takeover Candidate Offers High Yield and High Growth

Investors looking for high yield and high growth stocks should consider NTELOS Holdings Corp (NTLS) as a possible portfolio addition.  For income, the stock boasts a healthy 8.95% dividend yield.   For growth, earnings per share are projected to grow 29%next year compared to the current year.  This is a combination that can create significant upside for the stock price.  In addition, there is considerable speculation that NTELOS may be acquired by a larger telecom provider.

First Call consensus has NTELOS earning $1.32 per share in 2014 which is an increase of 29% from its 2013 EPS.  The EPS growth will better support the current dividend payout ratio.  Investors can wait for a pullback to add new shares since NTLS shares are up 30% in the past three months due to talk of a takeover.

AT&T Inc.’s (T) deal to grab Leap Wireless for$1.2 billion in cash continues the U.S. wireless consolidation race and has Wall Street looking at other possible targets.  NTELOS is a name being mentioned as having attractive spectrum. The company is small, with just 451,000 total subscribers at the end of March and a market value of$360 million. By comparison, Verizon Wireless has more than 90 million contract customers.

Despite its size, NTELOS has connections to bigger players including a wholesale deal to provide Sprint (S) service in West Virginia and western Virginia.  It is also working with Dish Network Corp. (DISH) to co-develop a fixed-mobile broadband-service within its coverage territory.

Once completed, the service is expected to give NTELOS and Dish customers access to high-speed Internet, a service that is especially lacking in some of the rural areas NTELOS covers.  The agreement comes as Dish has been working to plug a significant hole in the services it provides, it can’t offer high-speed Internet competitive with cable providers.

NTELOS Holdings Corp., a leading regional provider of nationwide wireless voice and data communications and home to the “best value in wireless,” recently announced it will be added to the Russell Microcap® Index, effective at the close of the market on June 28, 2013.

NTELOS Holdings Corp., operating through its subsidiaries as “nTelos Wireless,” is headquartered in Waynesboro, VA, and provides high-speed, dependable nationwide voice and data coverage for approximately 451,000 retail subscribers based in Virginia, West Virginia and portions of Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Kentucky. The Company’s licensed territories have a total population of approximately 7.9 million residents, of which its wireless network covers approximately 6.0 million residents. The Company is also the exclusive wholesale provider of wireless digital PCS services to Sprint Nextel in the Company’s western Virginia and West Virginia service area for all Sprint CDMA wireless customers.

Here is a Nice Dividend Capture for July

For investors looking to book a solid dividend, Himax Technology (NASDAQ: HIMX) is the place to be in July.  Himax Technology has a current dividend yield of 4.78%.  On June 17, 2013 the board of directors approved a dividend of $0.25 per share.  The dividend is payable on July 31, 2013 to shareholders of record on July 19, 2013.

The stock has recently pulled back to $5.22 and presents a nice dividend capture strategy as HIMX pays an annual dividend.  Himax has an equity summary score of 9.8 out of 10 for a VERY Bullish outlook.  The stock has a 12-month price target of $8.40.  The stock is up 188% in the past year.

HIMX is growing solidly, and has shown this by beating Q1 earnings estimates, despite the fact that last quarter was the slow quarter for most Asian companies.  Himax also expanded its profit margin by 5%. This stock’s growth should only continue with the massive amount of news catalysts on the horizon.

Himax recently announced the closing of the previously announced underwritten offering by selling shareholder Innolux Corporation (“Innolux”) of 25,399,753 American Depositary Shares (“ADSs”), including 3,313,011 ADSs sold pursuant to the underwriters’ over-allotment option. The underwriters have exercised in full their over-allotment option to purchase the 3,313,011 ADSs. Immediately following the closing, Innolux has ceased to be the Company’s shareholder. The Company did not sell any ADSs in the offering and did not receive any proceeds from the offering. Innolux’s sale of the ADSs will not result in dilution of the Company’s outstanding shares.

Himax Technologies, Inc. (HIMX) is a fabless semiconductor solution provider dedicated to display imaging processing technologies. Himax’s main products include display driver ICs and timing controllers used in TVs, laptops, monitors, mobile phones, tablets, digital cameras, car navigation, and many other consumer electronics devices.  Additionally, Himax designs and provides controllers for touch sensor displays, LCOS micro-displays used in palm-size projectors and head-mounted displays, LED driver ICs, power management ICs, scaler products for monitors and projectors, tailor-made video processing IC solutions and silicon IPs. The Company also offers digital camera solutions, including CMOS image sensors and wafer level optics, which are used in a wide variety of applications such as mobile phone, tablet, laptop, TV, PC camera, automobile, security and medical devices. Headquartered in Tainan, Taiwan, the Company has offices in Hsinchu and Taipei, Taiwan and in China, Korea, Japan and the US.

MRO – Look for a 49% Price Gain

David Kostin, Goldman Sachs’ chief U.S. equity strategist, provides us with a list of stocks with the most upside potential in his new Monthly Chartbook.   Kostin notes early May was solid for the S&P 500, but cited month-end drags in telecom services and utilities (-7 and -9 percent, respectively).  Nevertheless, he projects the S&P will end up 7.3% by year end, at 1750.

One stock on the Goldman list to watch is Marathon Oil (MRO).  The stock is up 39% in the past year but Goldman Sachs is projecting an increase of 49% in the stock.  In addition, Marathon offers a 1.96% dividend yield.

Production grew 8% (excluding Libya; 48 thousand barrels of oil equivalent per day; MBOE/d) in 2012, to 388 MBOE/d. MRO expects development at U.S. onshore plays to drive a 7%-10% production boost in 2013 (ex Libya and Alaska), to 405-425 MBOE/d, and a 5%-7% production CAGR (compound annual growth rate) through 2017. MRO believes these assets are 80% liquids. We expect a lower planned 2013 rig count, made possible by drilling efficiencies, to keep cost inflation down. Since the fourth quarter 2012, Eagle Ford and Bakken production are up 22% and 6%, respectively. MRO is ending shale activity in Poland on weak tests.

MRO spun off its downstream business to shareholders in a tax-free transaction in mid-2011. We had been looking for reduced refining contributions over the next five years and believe greater exposure to upstream projects in new international and U.S. onshore basins will drive upstream growth at lower operating costs. MRO’s streamlined asset base (75% oil, based on reserves) is one of the higher-content liquids portfolios among domestic E&P companies. Operations in Libya resumed in late 2011 and MRO is looking to ramp up production there. MRO lowered its onshore U.S. rigs to about 25 as of October 2012, versus 34 rigs earlier in 2012, in response to lower prices.

MRO’s growth assets are where it expects to make significant investment in order to realize oil and gas production and reserve increases. It is focused on U.S. growth by developing liquids-rich shale play positions, a strong position in the core of the Eagle Ford shale. In addition, growth assets include the development of Angola Block 31, discoveries in Iraqi Kurdistan, select Gulf of Mexico blocks and Canadian in-situ assets. Exploration is focused on Poland, Iraqi Kurdistan, Norway and the Gulf of Mexico. MRO had a goal of divesting between $1.5 billion and $3.0 billion of non-core assets between 2011 and 2013. For the two-year period ended December 31, 2012 , it had entered into agreements for approximately $1.3 billion in divestitures, of which $785 million were completed. The remaining $545 million in asset sales were completed by February 22, 2013

We see 2013 and 2014 EPS of $2.76 and $3.35, respectively, versus $2.45 (adjusted) in 2012.

Investors can find High Yield here

For investors looking for high yield without the risk of rising interest rates, AllianceBerstein Holdings (AB) is definitely worth a look.  The stock has a nice 6.62% dividend yield that has increased 64% in the past year.  AB has an equity summary score of 9.8 out of 10 for a Very Bullish rating.

First Call consensus has EPS increasing 23% in 2013 and 13% in 2014.  Analysts have a 12-month price target of $28.

AllianceBernstein’s  first-quarter profit rose 44% as demand from institutional investors helped the money manager book its second-straight quarter of inflows.

Assets under management stood at $443.2 billion at the end of the quarter, up from $430 billion at the end of 2012 and $419.1 billion a year earlier. Market gains added $10.6 billion while the firm also drew a net $2.6 billion in investor cash.

Institutional demand accounted for the bulk of the inflow, contributing a net $3.3 billion and helping to offset a modest outflow from the firm’s private- client business.

“Momentum continued to build in our institutions channel, where gross sales nearly doubled year-over-year,” Chief Executive Peter Kraus said.

AllianceBernstein reported a profit of $38.5 million, or 38 cents a unit, versus a year-earlier profit of $26.7 million, or 26 cents a unit.  Net revenue rose 4% to $709.1 million. Analysts expected earnings of 35 cents a unit on $684 million in revenue.

Total net revenues were up 4%, year to year, in the first quarter, driven by base investment management fees and easy comparisons.  We expect revenues to be up in the mid- to high single digits in 2013 and 2014 given easier comparisons and contraction of equity assets to the point where fixed income inflows are able to offset equity outflows.

The company has made progress in improving efficiency from cost-cutting efforts and has recently seen an encouraging turnaround in asset flows, but there is still work to do to improve equity fund performance.

This Monthly Dividend Stock May be Worth a Look

Fifth Street Finance Corp.(FSC) may be an ideal name for aggressive income investors. This is one of the top business development companies. The consensus price target is $11.50. Investors receive a 10.47% dividend with monthly distributions.  First Call consensus has a buy recommendation with a 2.5 rating.

Fifth Street reported net investment income of $0.27 (excluding gains on convert repurchase, diluted), in line with prior quarter and our estimate. This was a result of lower interest income earned on a larger average portfolio. Book value increased by $0.02 following a net $2.5 million unrealized appreciation on investments.

Liquidity: As of this week, FSC increased its available liquidity to $738 million following the post quarter end note issuance, capital raise, and credit facility expansion. FSC is well positioned for the acquisition of Healthcare Financial Group as management works toward its target leverage.

Valuation: Fifth Street is trading 12% premium, 1% above the peer group average, and yielding 10.47%, above the peer group average of 9.1%.

Estimates: Analyst lowered the 2013 estimate to $1.08 (from $1.10) to reflect a larger liquidity drag than previously expected. The 2014 and 2015 estimates remain unchanged at $1.15 and $1.20.

Maintain Buy: FSC is well positioned from a liquidity and capital standpoint to continue to take advantage of a strong pipeline of growth. The next step for the stock is to translate that into higher ROEs by achieving and maintaining higher levels of leverage.

In May, FSC announced that it has entered into an agreement to purchase a specialty lender, Healthcare Finance Group, that provides lending to healthcare companies. FSC will be investing $100 million, financed by cash and liquidity mentioned above.

OnMay 6, 2013, upon expiration of our existing stock repurchase program, the Board of Directors authorized a stock repurchase program to acquire up to$50 millionof outstanding common stock. Stock repurchases under this program would be made through the open market at times and in such amounts as management deems appropriate, provided they are below the most recently published net asset value per share.

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