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Do You Have a “Kiss My Ass” Fund?

During my early education years, I earned a Masters of Business Administration from top ranked University.  When I entered this institution, I was delighted to have such an opportunity to attend a top 20 Business School.  My education here set the stage for a very rewarding career that has fulfilled my hopes of achieving lifelong success.  In fact, I probably would not be in this same place without it.  I encourage all young persons to pursue higher education that develops your skills and knowledge for success.

 This achievement banter was not why I decided to write about my education today.  I was reminded of something a professor discussed during an early class in my first year.  While discussing the expectation of a career in business, this professor stated something I have always remembered and passed on to others.  It was something like this: the first thing you should do when you land your first job is to start a “kiss my ass” fund because one day you will have to tell your employer to kiss my ass.  This is the ideology of the classic cold corporate world of being pushed beyond your limits or where you draw the line.  While the statement is over dramatic, it has an inherent meaning and purpose – be prepared.

Today, I think of this idea as one of those buckets we should be working to fill.  To prepare for your later years, you always should diversify your savings.  You obviously want an emergency cash account for unforeseen events.  Then, you want to take care of your retirement through 401 and other type of retirement plans as the 40 year company pension plan doesn’t exist today. Some may invest in real estate or businesses as a diversification of investments.  Then, where does the “kiss my ass” fund fit in with your personal planning?

I use the ole kiss my ass fund as my financial independence tool.  This is where I invest using income strategies such as the PCD strategy and other monthly income opportunities.  The PCD is defined as put-call-dividend. I sell a put option for income on a world class dividend stock until the stock is put to me.  Then, I sell call options on the stock until it is called away.  Finally, I also collect dividends while I own the stock shares.  In each of the three positions, I am earning income! I also invest in CEFs that pay monthly distribution because I can diversify across numerous asset classes. And, I have a higher risk option spread account to play poker with through fast moving swing trades.

Of course you know where the cash goes from these income strategies – into my “kiss my ass” fund.  Why? Because one day I will need the income generated from the “kiss my ass” fund to live the life I envisioned long ago! And to think – it all started from that one day in class that had a lasting impact on my life and I hope now your life too.

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Kick Off Your Wealthy New Year

Today, we say goodbye to 2016 and open the door to a fresh start in 2017. This is the time of year we embark on hairy ass new goals in hope of transforming our lives. Hey, I am one of you too. I have goals to improve my health, lose some weight and more achieve community related goals. Of course, the one constant is to maintain focus on growing my investing income. My foundation for income is the PCD Income Strategy.

I use put selling to create my favorite income strategy – the Put-Call-Dividend (PCD) Income Strategy. This is simple selling puts each month on a select stock to collect monthly income. If the stock gets put to me, then I sell covered call options for more income while also collecting dividends paid by the stock. I sell call options for premium each month until the stock is called away from me. Then, I will start selling puts against the stock again. This strategy is exactly why I only sell puts on stocks I want to own – world class, strong dividend stocks.

I view the PCD Strategy as an opportunity to collect up to three separate income streams from a single stock selection. I prefer this strategy compared to the buy and hold of owning a stock that only pays dividends every quarter and may have a capital gain in the future. This prevents me from having to time the market and wait for a return. I want to create monthly income so the PCD Strategy presents the best opportunity to achieve this objective regardless of market direction.

Remember this: Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago. This is your year to get started growing your income tree. Join our monthly income plan to jumpstart your 2017 goals.

Want to be a Millionaire?

If you’re hoping to reach millionaire status some day, there’s one small move you can make now that will virtually guarantee it: automatically save an hour a day of your income. At least this is the advice from David Bach author of “The Automatic Millionaire.” This is good advice to start a savings plan to move toward financial dependence which is what we strive for in our investing at Get Rich Investments.

Suppose you make $50,000 annually and you work a full-time job, 40 hours a week. You’ll be paid for about 2,080 hours of work in a year, equaling roughly $25 per hour. Bank that much each day, and you’ll be golden, according to Bach.

We like to take this advice a step farther than Bach. It is always productive to develop a habit of saving money. This money can be used to create wealth and ultimately financial independence. The majority of us started our financial journey this way. While saving is a starting point, how you invest this money can accelerate your timeline to millionaire status.

You need to create an emergency account to cover 3-6 months of income. Then, invest in world class dividend stocks that growth their dividends over time. Look to invest in some closed-end funds (CEFs) that pay monthly dividends. There are so many CEFs to allow the investor to diversify across different market sectors to include REITS, preferred stocks, bonds and other types of investments. And sell options to generate immediate income!

This is what we excel at in our monthly income plan. I use put selling to create my favorite income strategy – the Put-Call-Dividend (PCD) Income Strategy. This is simple selling puts each month on a select stock to collect monthly income. If the stock gets put to me, then I sell covered call options for more income while also collecting dividends paid by the stock. I sell call options for premium each month until the stock is called away from me. Then, I will start selling puts against the stock again. This strategy is exactly why I only sell puts on stocks I want to own – world class, strong dividend stocks.

This create a method to compound your returns as you rollover the options income to create even more income. If you’re hoping to reach millionaire status some day, this will accelerate your journey.

Compounding Returns with Option Selling

You have undoubtedly heard it said before – compounding returns is the eighth wonder of the world or man’s greatest invention. But to an investor it is a great wealth builder. While many income investors think of compounding dividends, this can also be accomplished by option sellers by compounding the option premium received by selling either put or call options. I think about the premium received as soon as the option is sold can be readily reinvested or compounded immediately.

Here is the formal definition from Investopedia:

Compound interest is interest calculated on the initial principal and also on the accumulated interest of previous periods of a deposit or loan. Compound interest can be thought of as “interest on interest,” and will make a deposit or loan grow at a faster rate than simple interest, which is interest calculated only on the principal amount. The rate at which compound interest accrues depends on the frequency of compounding; the higher the number of compounding periods, the greater the compound interest.

The “Rule of 72” is an easy way to calculate how long it will take to double you money based on compounding returns. For example, an investor has a dividend stock paying an annual 5% dividend. Using the rule of 72, dividing 72 by 5 indicates the investor will double his money in 14.4 years. Not bad for a dividend producing asset. Now, let’s compare this to selling options. If you make 2% per month on average, you can double you money in 36 months (72/2=36). This is only 3 years compared to 14.4 years for the 5% dividend stock! Which investment do you want to pursue?

This is the theory behind our strategy to sell puts and covered calls at get rich investments. We can generate consistent income on a monthly basis that will provide us the opportunity to compound our money and returns at a faster pace than the buy and hold dividend investing.

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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.

3 Dividend Stocks for a Weak Market

In recent weeks, the bears are starting to get the upper hand.  The S&P 500 may have problems keeping its 20% return year to date.  Investors should get more cautious with their stock holdings.  We believe that when pullbacks happen, dividend stocks fare better than others because their yields provide downside protection.  Then, how about stocks that have a current yield above 3.5%, have 10% earnings per share growth projections and have prices that are up more than 10% in the past 13 weeks.

Income provides a return when the market is vacillating on its next direction.  Add this to stocks in an uptrend and with projected growth, investors should be positioned for above market returns in the coming months.  Here are three stocks to watch;

Orchids Paper Products (TIS) has a high dividend yield of 5.05%.  The stock is up 15.9% in the last 13 weeks.  EPS is projected to increase 9.7% next year compared to this year.  Orchids provided investors with dividend increases in both the 1st quarter and 2nd quarter.  The company has increased dividends 75% in the past year.

Orchids Paper is a small cap with only $220 million in market cap.  The company established a new quarterly record for both total net sales and converted product net sales of $29.2 million and $27.8 million, respectively.  Net income per share for the second quarter 2013 was $0.39 per diluted share compared with $0.29 per diluted share in the same period in 2012.

 

Company efforts in new product development continue to enhance their product offering line-up for the mid and premium-tier markets which continues to resonate well with the market and is the major driver of recent business growth.

First Call has a strong buy recommendation with a 1.3 stock rating.

Bank holding company UMPQUA Holdings (UMPQ) has a high dividend yield of 3.58%.  The stock is up 23.3% in the last 13 weeks.  EPS is projected to increase 10.1% next year compared to this year.  UMPQUA provided investors with dividend increases in both the 1st quarter and 2nd quarter.  The company has increased dividends 67% in the past year.

The Company had second quarter 2013 net earnings of $26.1 million, or $0.23 per diluted common share, compared to net earnings of $23.2 million, or $0.21per diluted common share for the first quarter of 2013, and $23.1 million, or $0.21 per diluted common share, for the same period in the prior year.

For the six months ended June 30, 2013, the Company reported net earnings of $49.2 million, or $0.44per diluted common share, compared to net earnings of $48.5 million, or $0.43 per diluted common share for the same period of the prior year.

It was another solid quarter for Umpqua, highlighted by strong earnings, increasing capital returns to shareholders, continued loan growth and the Financial Pacific Leasing acquisition. Umpqua Bank’s acquisition of FinPac which closed on July 1, 2013, has expected earnings accretion of at least 14% in the first full year.

Valassis Communications (VCI) has a high dividend yield of 4.35%.  The stock is up 13.1% in the last 13 weeks.  EPS is projected to increase 11.6% next year compared to this year.  Valassis started paying dividends to investors in the 4th quarter of 2012.  The Company expects to use approximately 35-40% of free cash flow* for stock repurchases during 2013.

Valassis, which sells space for advertising and coupons in its four-color booklets, reported a profit of $26.8 million, or $0.68 a share, compared with $21.7 million, or $0.51 a share, a year earlier.  Valassis’ second-quarter profit jumped 24% as the company came up against a year-earlier period bogged down by large one-time charges, while core earnings fell below analyst estimates.

Based on the current plan and outlook, the Company reiterated full-year 2013 guidance with earnings per share between $3.05 and $3.20,  adjusted EBITDA of between $290.0 million and $300.0 million, and capital expenditures of approximately $25 million.

Look to this Shipper for High Yield

Investors looking for a high yield stock may want to check out Ship Finance International Ltd (NYSE: SFL).  The stock boasts a 9.59% dividend yield with EPS projected to grow 16% in 2014.  With 2 analysts upgrading the stock, SFL looks like a potential high yield stock that can sustain its EPS and dividend.

On February 25, Ship Finance International Ltd.’s fourth-quarter earnings jumped 69% as the tanker company benefited from a cash sweep agreement and a one-time gain from a sale.  Ship Finance, which owns and charters out large vessels that transport crude oil, in recent years has been diversifying its assets to include areas such as dry bulk and container ships. Though Ship Finance had seen a soft tanker market, the company said that the crude oil tanker market remained relatively firm.

Ship Finance is actively reviewing investment opportunities across its main market segments, while also closely monitoring the performance of its chartering counterparties in light of the “prevailing soft spot-market in some of the shipping segments.”  Ship Finance reported a profit of $51.1 million, or 60 cents a share, versus $ 30.2 million, or 38 cents a share, a year earlier. The latest period included $ 12.1 million from a cash sweep agreement with Frontline Ltd. and a $21.5 million gain on the sale of vessels.

Total operating revenue rose 2.1% to $77.7 million.  Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters most recently forecast earnings of 33 cents on revenue of $89.9 million.

First Call consensus has Ship Finance earning $1.71 in FY 2014 which is 16% above 2013 EPS.  First Call has a buy rating on the stock with a 2.2 rating.  The stock trades at a PE of 7 and 1.4 times book value.  Ship Finance has a 12-month price target of $18.70.

On April 20, 2013 Columbine Capital Services, Inc. upgraded SHIP FINANCE INTERNATIONAL LTD from NEUTRAL to FAVORABLE.

On April 12, 2013 Ford Equity Research upgraded SHIP FINANCE INTERNATIONAL LTD from HOLD to BUY.

This Lodging Stock is a Stable Growth and Income Play

RLJ Lodging Trust (RLJ) is a self-advised, publicly traded real estate investment trust focused on acquiring premium-branded, focused-service and compact full-service hotels.  The Company’s portfolio consists of 145 hotels in 21 states and theDistrict of Columbia, with a total of more than 21,600 rooms.  RLJ is a great growth and income stock as it is projected to increase EPS by 19% in 2013 while paying a steady 3.6% dividend yield.

The Company recently announced that it acquired the historicHumble Oil Buildingcomplex in downtownHouston, for a purchase price of$79.5 million, or approximately$151,000per key based on a combined forward room count of 528 keys.

The Humble Oil Buildingis a three-tower complex that occupies an entire city block in downtownHouston. The complex consists of an 82-unit apartment tower that will be converted to a 166-room SpringHill Suites and two existing hotels, the existing 191-roomCourtyard Houston Downtown Convention Center(“the Courtyard”) and the 171-roomResidence Inn Houston Downtown Convention Center(“the Residence Inn”). The purchase price represents a forward capitalization rate of approximately 10.1% for the Courtyard and 9.5% for theResidence Innbased on each hotel’s projected 2013 net operating income and applicable purchase price allocation. The Company purchased this portfolio of assets with its revolving credit facility.

“Our ability to execute this off-market transaction required the expertise, experience, and relationships that are unique to RLJ,” commentedThomas J. Baltimore, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer. “Acquiring theHumble Oil Buildingcomplex represents a value-add opportunity. Both existing hotels have notable upside potential and our extensive experience managing complex renovations will enable us to deliver another conversion property that will help drive economies of scale.”

Adjusted FFO for the three months ended December 31, 2012, increased $13.4 million to $50.7 million, representing a 35.9% increase over the comparable period in 2011. For the twelve months ended December 31, 2012, Adjusted FFO increased $43.5 million to $185.6 million, representing a 30.6% increase over the comparable period in 2011. Adjusted FFO per diluted share and unit for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2012, was $0.48 and $1.74, respectively, based on the Company’s diluted weighted-average shares and units outstanding of 106.8 million and 106.6 million for each period, respectively.

Net income attributable to common shareholders for the three months ended December 31, 2012, was $13.7 million, compared to a loss of $1.3 million in the comparable period in 2011. For the twelve months ended December 31, 2012, net income attributable to common shareholders was$41.3 million, compared to$11.3 million for the comparable period in 2011.

First Call consensus has the company producing $2.08 in EPS in 2013 which is a 19% increase from the prior year.  EPS are projected to be $2.34 in 2014 which is a nice 12% increase from 2013.  First Call Analyst currently have a buy rating with a 2.0 rating.  RLJ has an equity summary score of 7.2 out of 10 for a Bullish outlook.  The stock is currently trading near $22.50, 10.8 times 2013 EPS and 9.6 times 2014 EPS.

PSA Profits up 24% – Increases Dividend 14%

Public Storage’s (PSA) fourth-quarter profit rose 24% as the real-estate investment trust posted wider margins, although revenue missed analysts’ expectations.  Public Storage reported income of $271.4 million, or $1.22 a share, up from $ 220.2 million, or 96 cents a share, a year earlier. Per-share earnings reflect effects from preferred and restricted shares.

Excluding foreign currency exchange impacts and other items, funds from operations (FFO), a key performance benchmark in the REIT sector, grew to $1.86 a share from $1.50. Rental revenue rose 5.3% to $385.6 million.

For the year endedDecember 31, 2012, net income allocable to common shareholders was$669.7 million or $3.90per diluted common share, compared to$561.7 million or $3.29per diluted common share for the same period in 2011, representing an increase of$108.0 million or$0.61per diluted common share.

For the year endedDecember 31, 2012, FFO was$6.31per diluted common share as compared to$5.67for the same period in 2011, representing an increase of 11.3%.

First Call analysts’ consensus has a projected 2013 FFO of $7.09 which is a 12% increase.  Based on its current PE, PSA has a 12-month price target of $170.  This represents an 11.8% price upside which presents a 15% total return with dividends included. PSA has an equity summary score of 7.2 out of 10 for a Bullish outlook.

Concurrent with its earnings release, Public Storage announced a hike in its quarterly dividend. The increased dividend now stands at $1.25 per share, reflecting an augmentation of 15 cents per share, or 14% from the prior-quarter amount. This dividend will be paid on Mar 28, 2013 to shareholders of record as of Mar 13.

PSA has a current dividend yield of 3.28% with a 5-year annual dividend growth rate of 20%.

The REIT, which owns self-storage facilities, has benefited from industry consolidation, giving it an advantage advertising-wise and allowing it to gain market share. The company’s top-line results rebounded in the second half of last year, after four consecutive quarters of weaker earnings.

During the three months endedDecember 31, 2012, PSA acquired ten self-storage facilities (761,000 net rentable square feet of self-storage space and additional space that we intend to convert into 220,000 net rentable square feet of storage space for an additional cost of$15 million), located inFlorida(three),Georgia(two),California(two) and one each inArizona,New YorkandTexas, for an aggregate acquisition cost of approximately$82 millionin cash.

We are encouraged with the better-than-expected results at Public Storage. We believe that the company is well poised to maintain its growth curve backed by its robust presence in all the major markets in the U.S.

It is the leading owner and operator of storage facilities in the U.S. and has significantly increased the scale and scope of its operations through the acquisition of Shurgard Storage Centers that has a considerable presence in the European markets.

It also owns a 41% common equity interest in PS Business Parks Inc. (PSB), which owns and operates commercial space, primarily flex, multi-tenant office and industrial space. In addition, the storage facilities of the company have high visibility and are usually located in heavily populated areas that enhance the local awareness of the brand.

Diamond Offshore Declares Special Dividend

Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc (DO), the world’s fourth-biggest offshore driller by market value, reported a stronger-than-expected quarterly profit as contract drilling expenses fell.  The company rewarded investors with a special dividend payment.

On February 5, 2013 the board of directors at Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc (DO) approved a dividend of $0.75 per share and a quarterly dividend of $0.125 per share.  The combined special and quarterly dividends are a one-time yield of 1.2%.  Both dividends are payable on March 1, 2013 to shareholders of record on February 19, 2013.

Diamond Offshore Drilling reported net income for the fourth quarter of 2012 of $156 million, or $1.12 per share on a diluted basis, compared with net income of $188 million, or $1.36 per share on a diluted basis, in the same period a year earlier. Revenues in the fourth quarter of 2012 were $751 million, compared with revenues of $748 million in the prior-year quarter.

For the full-year 2012, the Company reported net income of$720 million, or$5.18per share on a diluted basis, compared with net income of$963 million, or$6.92per share on a diluted basis, in 2011. Revenues for the full-year 2012 were$2.987 billion, compared with$3.322 billionin 2011.

Diamond Offshore has great financial discipline, which is one of the best in the industry.  The company is also looking to increase its footprint in the emerging markets (like Brazil and West Africa) to reap benefits from the recently discovered deepwater fields. Further, improving activity in North Sea positions the company well. Diamond Offshore exhibits long-term earnings growth visibility based on its strong leverage to the offshore deepwater drilling market.

Diamond is expanding its ultra deepwater leverage through the construction of three drillships.  The company placed an order for its fourth ultra-deepwater drillship Ocean BlackLion, which is believed to be valuably utilized in the ultra-deepwater markets.  It is due for delivery by the fourth quarter of 2014. The increasing demand in regions of West Africa and North Sea is likely to benefit the existing fleet along with the newbuilds as they may be contracted at higher dayrates.

Diamond Offshore Drilling added 13 new contracts during the third quarter that augmented the Company’s revenue immensely and boosted contract drilling backlog by 12.1 rig-years.  This will provide sound earnings and cash flow visibility for years to come and be further strengthened by the company’s increasing focus on Brazil and the North Sea.  A combination of upgrades and new construction has been a long-term strategy and has allowed it to become a major in the industry.

Diamond Offshore Drilling has a 12-month price target of $80.

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