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This Company is Offering a 9.3% Special Dividend

Viad Corp (NYSE: VVI) announced that its Board of Directors declared a special cash dividend of $2.50 per share for shareholders of record at the close of business on November 7, payable on November 14.  This is a 9.3% dividend yield on this payout at current stock prices.

Its Board also expects to declare an additional special cash dividend of $1.50 per share, payable in January.

Analyst consensus has Viad growing EPS by 34% to $1.71 per share in 2014.  Based on this projected EPS, Viad has a 12-month price target of $30.00.  First Call has a strong buy recommendation on Viad Corp.

Viad Corp. is comprised of operating companies and a division which constitute a diversified services business. Most of Viad’s services are provided to businesses for use by their customers. Accordingly, the corporation markets its services through retail and financial locations, primarily in the U.S., to numerous trade show organizers and exhibitors, and others.

Viad Corp announced third quarter 2013 income from continuing operations of $10.8 million, or $0.53 per diluted share.  Viad’s income before other items of $14.1 million, or $0.69 per diluted share, excludes restructuring charges of $0.02 per diluted share and non-cash impairment charges of $0.14 per diluted share. This compares to the company’s prior guidance of income before other items in the range of $0.54 to $0.64 per share and 2012 third quarter income before other items of $1.01 per share. The expected decline from 2012 was driven primarily by negative show rotation in the Marketing & Events Group.

  • Revenue was $236.5 million as compared to $307.5 million in 2012.
  • Segment operating income was $24.6 million as compared to $34.2 million in 2012.
  • Free cash flow was $21.8 million as compared to $45.2 million in 2012.
  • Cash and cash equivalents were $120.1 million at September 30, 2013.
  • Debt was $1.7 million, with a debt-to-capital ratio of 0.4% at September 30, 2013.

CVR Energy Declares Special Dividend

CVR Energy Inc. (CVI) has declared a special $5.50 per-share dividend and also unveiled plans to initiate a per-share quarterly dividend of 75 cents.  The special dividend is payable Feb. 19 to shareholders of record on Feb. 5.  CVR Energy will begin paying the quarterly dividend of 75 cents a share in the second quarter.

The special dividend will have a 9.57% dividend yield.  The quarterly dividend will have an annualized 5.22%.

CVR Energy Inc. (CVI) has an equity summary score of 9.7 out of 10 for a VERY Bullish outlook.  CVI is projected to produce $6.62 in earnings in 2013.  Based on a PE of 12, the 12-month price target is $79.

CVR Energy noted it expects cash flows of $700 million for 2013 from its interests in CVR Refining LP (CVRR) and CVR Partners LP (UAN) , and based on this its board has declared the quarterly dividend.

CVR Energy owns a majority interest in CVR Partners (UAN), a nitrogen fertilizer master limited partnership. It also recently currently holds a stake of about 84% in CVR Refining (CVRR), a newly formed master limited partnership that will distribute all of its available cash each quarter.

CVR Energy said estimated cash distributions for 2013 from CVR Refining (CVRR) are about $700 million. Under the current ownership structure, the new unit holders of CVR Refining (CVRR) would collectively receive about $115 million, generating an annualized yield of roughly 19% and CVR Energy would receive about $585 million, for the year ending Dec. 31.

Headquartered in Sugar Land, Texas, CVR ENERGY is an independent refiner and marketer of high value transportation fuels and, through a limited partnership, a producer of ammonia and urea ammonia nitrate fertilizers.

CVR Energy’s petroleum business includes full-coking sour crude refinery in Coffeyville, Kan.  In addition, CVR Energy’s supporting businesses include a crude oil gathering system serving central Kansas, northern Oklahoma and southwest Nebraska; storage and terminal facilities for asphalt and refined fuels in Phillipsburg, Kan.; and a rack marketing division supplying product to customers through tanker trucks and at throughput terminals.

Best Income Stocks for 2013 – HollyFrontier (HFC)

HollyFrontier Corporation (NYSE: HFC) operates as an independent petroleum refiner and marketer in the United States. It produces light products, such as gasoline, diesel fuel, jet fuel, specialty lubricant products, liquefied petroleum gas, fuel oil, and specialty and modified asphalt.  HollyFrontier has a strong history of increasing shareholder value with special dividends and share buybacks.  The company trades at a discount to other refiners, has a strong balance sheet, is well managed and is looking to expand

HollyFrontier made the Goldman Sachs “Best Income Stocks” list for 2013.  In a recent note, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. pointed out a number of stocks that could provide some easy money for investors by virtue of what the Wall Street bank calls a “social contract” — a combination of earnings appreciation due to expected share buybacks along with dividend yields.  It could be easy money, provided shares remain stable or rise, for investors looking for as close to a guarantee as equities can offer.

HollyFrontier boasts an 8.4% dividend, more than twice that of any other company.  But its relatively low 3.5% buyback earnings accretion keeps the total payout at 11.9%.  Trading in the upper $40s, HollyFrontier also is considered to have the highest price upside of nearly 50%, with a target of $69.

HollyFrontier has an equity summary score of 7.6 out of 10 for a Bullish outlook.  HFC has a mean analyst recommendation of 2.2 out of 4.0 for a BUY rating.

HollyFrontier reported 3Q earnings increased 18.5%  and 9 months earnings increased 15% from the same periods a year earlier.

HollyFrontier reported third quarter net income attributable to stockholders of $600.4 million or $2.94 per diluted share for the quarter ended September 30, 2012, compared to $523.1 million or $2.48 per diluted share for the quarter ended September 30, 2011. For the nine months ended September 30, 2012, net income attributable to HollyFrontier stockholders totaled $1,335.6 million or $6.44 per diluted share compared to $800.0 million or $5.63 per diluted share for the nine months ended September 30, 2011.

HollyFrontier’s President & CEO, Mike Jennings, commented, “We had a tremendous quarter with third quarter results reaching new record levels. Exceptionally high inland to coastal crude oil differentials as well as robust heavy crude oil differentials helped drive our refined product margins to all time highs. Looking forward, we believe that the structural crude advantages currently driving our strong operating margins will continue to positively impact our operating income, allowing us to continue to pay both regular and special dividends. We remain focused on increasing total shareholder return while maintaining a strong balance sheet.”

On November 1, HollyFrontier raised its quarterly dividend 33% and also unveiled an additional special payout of 50 cents per share, the refiner’s latest moves to reward investors.

 

The five-cent increase to HollyFrontier’s regular dividend brings the payout to 20 centsper share and will cost the company about $40.7 million more a year. HFC has a current dividend yield of 1.69%.  The latest dividend increase represents the fourth dividend increase since the company’s merger in July 2011.

HollyFrontier said its special cash dividend, its fifth special payout this year.  The company’s board year-to-date has declared $3.10 in special and regular dividends, which represents an approximate 8% cash yield.

HollyFrontier Corporation (NYSE: HFC) was one of the big winners for subscribers to the Get Rich Monthly income Plan.  HFC was purchased in January 2012 as part of the perpetual covered call strategy.  Monthly Income subscribers received the $3.10 in dividends and $1,690 in total call option premium.  The total return on HFC during 2012 was 212% for newsletter subscribers.

 

mREIT Update – High Yield and a Special Dividend

Investors have long been attracted to the high yields of mortgage REITs, which currently averages around 13 percent, nearly 7 times the average dividend yield of the S&P 500. The Fed’s announcement has caused drops in spreads, bond yields and homeowner’s borrowing costs, and as a result company’s earnings and dividends have been under pressure.

This will have a big impact on reinvestment for mREITs with low prepay protection.  November’s prepayment report showed a decline in overall prepayment speeds, but lower coupon speeds increased in the month. We continue to favor the mortgage REITs with prepay protected portfolios as they will have more stable cash flows from lower reinvestment needs. AGNC, AMTG, ARR, IVR, MTGE, and TWO have the lowest and most stable prepays in the sector.

Prepayment speeds on 30-year conventional speeds decreased 8% in November from the prior month, which was generally in line with expectations. Speeds on 3.5s rebounded potentially attributable to accelerated closing ahead of g-fee increases, rate relocks post September QE3 rally and closing delays due to Super Storm Sandy. The increase in 15-year speeds was in line with expectations.

The mortgage REITs are currently at a 7% discount to estimated fourth quarter book value and yielding 13.2%. Agency-only mortgage REITs are trading at a 7% discount to the hybrid peers.

While we continue to prefer the flexibility that hybrids have to invest across the entire mortgage universe, we see the Agency-only REITs offering better relative value today given the valuation discount. Trading at a discount to book value AGNC is our top pick; CYS and ARR also provide attractive relative value given current discounts to book.

The Board of Directors of CYS Investments, Inc. (CYS) declared a quarterly dividend of $0.40 per share of common stock for the fourth quarter of 2012, as well as a special dividend of $0.52 per share of common stock. The Company is making the special dividend to distribute the remaining REIT taxable income earned during 2012. These dividends will be paid on December 28, 2012 to common stock stockholders of record on December 21, 2012.  The company currently pays an annual dividend of$1.60 per share for a yield of around 12.3%.  CYS is trading at 87% of estimated book value.

American Capital Agency Corporation (AGNC) pays an annual dividend of five dollars per share for a yield of around 16.2%. The company invests in residential mortgage pass-through securities and collateralized mortgage obligations for which the principal and interest payments are guaranteed by government-sponsored entities or by the United States government agency.  AGNC is trading at 95% of estimated book value.  American Capital Agency Corp. announced that its Board of Directors has authorized the repurchase of up to $500 million of its outstanding shares of common stock through December 31, 2013.

ARMOUR Residential REIT (ARR) invests primarily in residential mortgage backed securities issued or guaranteed by a United States Government-chartered entity, such as the Federal National Mortgage Association and the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, or guaranteed by the Government National Mortgage Administration, a United States Government corporation (Ginnie Mae). The company currently pays an annual dividend of$1.08 per share for a yield of around 15.5%.  ARR is trading at 91% of estimated book value.

The Special Dividend Craze Continues

Electro Scientific Industries (NASDAQ: ESIO) declared a special dividend of $2.00 per share.  The dividend will be payable on December 27, 2012, to stockholders of record on December 13, 2012.  The annual yield on the dividend is 19.1 percent.

PetMed Express, Inc. (NASDAQ: PETS) declared a special dividend of $1.00 per share.  The dividend will be payable on December 24, 2012, to stockholders of record on December 14, 2012.  The annual yield on the dividend is 8.7 percent.

Campbell Soup (NYSE: CPB) declared a quarterly dividend of $0.29 per share, or $1.16 annualized.  The dividend will be payable on December 28, 2012, to stockholders of record on December 14, 2012, with an ex-dividend date of December 12, 2012.  The annual yield on the dividend is 3.2 percent.  Additionally, Campbell said that a quarterly dividend of $0.29 per share is now payable on Dec. 28, 2012 to shareholders of record at the close of business on Dec. 14, 2012. The dividend was previously scheduled to be paid on Jan. 28, 2013 to shareholders of record at the close of business on Dec. 26, 2012.

Oracle Corp (NASDAQ: ORCL) declared a special dividend of $0.18 per share after accelerating its Q2, Q3, Q4 dividend for fiscal 2013 ahead of the fiscal cliff.  The dividend will be payable on December 21, 2012, to stockholders of record on December 14, 2012, with an ex-dividend date of December 12, 2012. The annual yield on the dividend is 0.6 percent.

Carnival Corp. (NYSE: CCL) declared a special dividend of $0.50 per share.  The dividend will be payable on December 28, 2012, to stockholders of record on December 7, 2012.  The annual yield on the dividend is 1.3 percent.  Holders of Carnival Corporation common stock or Carnival plc ADSs will receive a dividend payable in U.S. dollars. The quarterly dividend for Carnival plc ordinary shares will be payable in sterling unless shareholders elected to receive the dividend in U.S. dollars by November 23, 2012. The special dividend for Carnival plc ordinary shares will be payable in sterling unless shareholders elect to receive the dividend in U.S. dollars by December 7, 2012.

Sun Hydraulics, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNHY) declared a special dividend of $1.00 per share.  The dividend will be payable on December 28, 2012, to stockholders of record on December 14, 2012.  The annual yield on the dividend is 3.8 percent.

Espey Manufacturing & Electronics Corp. (NYSE: ESP) declared a special dividend of $1.00 per share.  The dividend will be payable on December 20, 2012, to stockholders of record on December 10, 2012.  The annual yield on the dividend is 3.8 percent.  Espey Manufacturing also declared a quarterly dividend of $0.25 per share, or $1 annualized. This is an 11.1% increase from the prior dividend of $0.225. The dividend will be payable on December 20, 2012, to stockholders of record on December 10, 2012, with an ex-dividend date of December 6, 2012.

New Special Dividends from DDS, SLI and LVS

Dillard’s, Inc. (NYSE: DDS) announced that the Board of Directors declared a regular, quarterly cash dividend of$0.05 per share as well as a special, one-time cash dividend of $5.00 per share.  Both dividends are payable on the Class A and Class B Common Stock of the Company on December 21, 2012 to shareholders of record as of December 7, 2012.  The dividends combine for a yield of 5.9%.

DDS has an equity summary score of 7.6 out of 10 for a Bullish outlook.

SL INDUSTRIES, INC. (NYSE: SLI) announced that its board of directors declared a cash dividend of $2.00per share of Common Stock outstanding, payable in cash on December 17, 2012 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on December 6, 2012. The dividend yield is 11.6%.

SLI has an equity summary score of 9.3 out of 10 for a VERY Bullish outlook.

Las Vegas Sands Corp.’s (NYSE: LVS) board has approved a special dividend of $2.75 a share, as the casino operator looks to boost shareholder returns.  The dividend will be paid on Dec. 18 to shareholders of record as of Dec. 10 and will cost the company about $2.26 billion.

LVS has an equity summary score of 1.6 out of 10 for a Bearish outlook.

Arden Pays a $20 Special Dividend

Arden Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARDNA) declared a special dividend of $20 per share. The dividend will be payable on December 18, 2012, to stockholders of record on December 3, 2012.  The special cash dividend will total approximately $61,420,000. The Company anticipates paying the special cash dividend from cash on hand. The special cash dividend is in addition to the current quarterly cash dividend.

The base price under all outstanding stock appreciation rights of the Company, including those issued to non-employee directors of the Company, is being amended and adjusted downward by $20 as of the record date for each unit of stock appreciation rights outstanding on the record date in connection with the payment of the special cash dividend.

The annual yield on the dividend is 20.4 percent.

Arden also approved a dividend of 0.25 per share. The dividend is payable on January 18, 2013 to shareholders of record on December 28, 2012.

Arden Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates supermarkets in southern California.

More Special Dividends on Tap from 2% to 18%

As the year comes to a close, there are more special dividend announcements.  Company’s continue to pay cash to shareholders before the decision to raise taxes in 2013.  Here is a list of special dividends from 2.0% to 18%:

Republic Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:RBCAA), parent company of Republic Bank & Trust Company and Republic Bank, announced today that its Board of Directors has approved a one-time special cash dividend of$1.10 per share on Class A Common Stock and $1.00 per share on Class B Common Stock. The special cash dividend will be payable December 21, 2012 to shareholders of record as of November 30, 2012.  In addition, the Board also declared the Company’s regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.165per share on Class A Common Stock and $0.15 per share on Class B Common Stock. The regular quarterly dividend payment will be payable January 18, 2013 to shareholders of record as of December 21, 2012.

The combined dividend payments are a dividend yield of 5.81% on Class B shares.  Republic Bancorp has an equity summary score of 9.9 out of 10 for a VERY Bullish outlook.

The Board of Directors of Waddell & Reed Financial, Inc. (NYSE:WDR) approved a special cash dividend on its Class A common stock of$1.00 per share payable on December 6, 2012 to stockholders of record as of November 26, 2012.  In addition to the special cash dividend, the Board has approved an increase in the
quarterly dividend to $0.28 per share payable on February 1, 2013 to stockholders of record as of January 11, 2013. This new quarterly rate represents an increase of 12% over the previous$0.25 dividend per share rate.

The combined dividend payments are a dividend yield of 3.97%.  Waddell & Reed Financial has an equity summary score of 9.0 out of 10 for a Bullish outlook.

NetEase (NASDAQ:NTES) makes the lion’s share of its revenue from online games.  The company said Tuesday it is paying a special dividend of $1 per American depositary share, and launching a share buyback program of $100 million, as it seeks to boost shareholder returns. The dividend will cost the company around $131 million.

The special dividend payment is a dividend yield of 2.0%.  NetEase has an equity summary score of 5.7 out of 10 for a Neutral outlook.

Primus Telecommunications Group, Incorporated (NASDAQ:PTGI) , a global facilities-based integrated provider of advanced telecommunications products and services, announced that its Board of Directors has approved a special cash dividend of$2.50 per share on all issued and outstanding PTGI common stock. The special cash dividend will be paid on December 11, 2012 to holders of record of PTGI common stock as of November 27, 2012.

The special dividend payment is a dividend yield of 18.0%.  Primus Telecommunications Group has an equity summary score of 2.0 out of 10 for a Bearish outlook.

RLI Corp. (NYSE:RLI) announced today its board of directors has declared an extraordinary cash dividend of $5.00 per share of common stock, which is expected to total approximately $105 million, and a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.32 per share. Both dividends are payable on December 20, 2012, to shareholders of record as of November 30, 2012.

The combined dividend payments are a dividend yield of 7.97%.  RLI Corp. has an equity summary score of 3.7 out of 10 for a Neutral outlook.

Get a Special Dividend with a 71% Yield

China Digital TV Holding Co., Ltd. (STV) , the leading provider of conditional access systems to China’s expanding digital television market, today declared a special cash dividend of US$2.30 per share on the Company’s ordinary shares, par value US$0.0005 per share. Each of the Company’s American depositary shares represents one ordinary share.

Shareholders of record as of the close of business on November 26, 2012 will be eligible to receive the dividend. This cash dividend is currently expected to be paid in two installments of US$1.00 and US$1.30 on or around December 3, 2012 and February 4, 2013, respectively.

STV is trading at $3.24 so the special dividend will yield 71%.  China Digital TV has an equity summary score of 8.1 out of 10 for a Bullish outlook.

Company to Pay $29 Special Dividend with 37% Yield

Loral Space & Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: LORL) announced that, in connection with receipt of proceeds from the sale of its former subsidiary Space Systems/Loral, its Board of Directors has declared a special distribution of $29.00 per share for an aggregate distribution of up to $899.3 million. The distribution is payable onDecember 4, 2012 to holders of record of Loral voting and non-voting common stock as ofNovember 19, 2012.

The special dividend has a dividend yield of 37%.

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