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Saratoga Investment Corp. (NYSE: SAR) declared a special dividend of $2.65 per share.  The dividend will be payable on December 27, 2013, to stockholders of record on November 13, 2013, with an ex-dividend date of November 8, 2013.  The annual yield on the dividend is 13.9 percent.

The dividend will be paid in cash or shares of the Company’s common stock at the election of the shareholders, although the total amount of cash to be distributed to all shareholders will be limited to approximately 20% of the total dividend to be paid to all shareholders. The remainder of the dividend (approximately 80%) will be paid in the form of shares of the Company’s common stock. This dividend is being made in accordance with certain applicable Treasury regulations and private letter rulings on cash/stock dividends issued by the IRS over the years that allow a publicly-traded regulated investment company to satisfy its distribution requirements from a distribution paid partly in common stock provided that at least 20% of the distribution is payable in cash and certain other requirements are satisfied. The dividend includes a carry-over balance of $3.9 million from the Company’s fiscal year 2013 taxable income and a significant portion of the Company’s fiscal year 2014 estimated taxable income.

Cohen & Steers, Inc. (NYSE: CNS) declared a special dividend of $1.00 per share. The dividend will be payable on December 20, 2013, to stockholders of record on December 2, 2013. The annual yield on the dividend is 2.6 percent.

Wynn Resorts Ltd (NASDAQ: WYNN) declared a special dividend of $3.00 per share.  The dividend will be payable on December 6, 2013, to stockholders of record on November 20, 2013, with an ex-dividend date of November 18, 2013.  The annual yield on the dividend is 1.8 percent.

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.

CSWC Announces $2.75 Special Dividend – Stock Trades at 49% Discount to NAV

The Capital Southwest Corporation (CSWC) board of directors has declared a cash dividend in the amount of $2.75 per share of common stock. This special dividend is a yield of 2.5% based on the current stock price. The dividend is payable on March 28, 2013 to shareholders of record on March 15, 2013.

Capital Southwest Corporation is a public investment firm specializing in venture capital and private equity investments in small and medium sized businesses.  CSWC has a market cap of $421 million and is cheaply valued with a trailing PE of only 6 compared to an industry average PE of 20.

Capital Southwest Corporation reported total net assets at December 31, 2012 of $628,089,815 equivalent to $165.36 per share.  CSWC shares are currently trading at $111 which is a 49% discount to the NAV at year end. 

The market clearly misunderstands this stock as it should not be trading at such a discount to NAV.  In addition, CSWC has NO long-term debt on its books.  CSWC has an equity summary score of 7.2 out of 10 for a Bullish outlook.

Assuming reinvestment of all dividends and tax credits on retained long-term capital gains, the December 31, 2012net asset value was 18.4% greater than the March 31, 2012net asset value of $167.45per share and 34.9% above the December 31, 2011net asset value of $146.95per share. It is important to note that during the nine months ended December 31, 2012, CSWC distributed $66,825,782 or $17.59 per share of capital gains dividends and $3,025,032 or $0.80 per share in ordinary dividends to our shareholders.

On January 30, 2013 Capital Southwest Corporation announced that Capital Southwest Venture Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of CSWC sold its 9,317,310 shares of common stock of Heelys, Inc. to Sequential Brands Group, Inc. pursuant to the merger of Heelys into a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sequential.  The Merger closed on January 24, 2013.

The sale of CSVC’s 9,317,310 shares of Heelys’ common stock generated cash proceeds of $20,963,948 and a capital gain of $20,861,458 or $5.49 per share, based on the 3,800,393 shares of issued and outstanding shares of CSWC. The CSWC Board has approved a partial distribution of the capital gain proceeds, in the amount of $2.75 per share or approximately $10,451,000.

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.

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.

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%.

A Solid Company offering a 9% Special Dividend

TransDigm Group Incorporated (TDG) declared a special cash dividend of $12.85on each outstanding share of common stock and cash dividend equivalent payments under certain of its stock option plans. The record date for the special dividend is October 25, 2012, and the payment date for the dividend is November 5, 2012.

TDG is currently trading at $148.70 so the special dividend is an 8.64% dividend yield.  TransDigm Group does not pay a regular dividend.

TransDigm Group is a leading global designer, producer and supplier of highly engineered aircraft components for use on nearly all commercial and military aircraft in service today.  The Company is up 72% in the last year and has exceeded analysts’ earnings estimates the past 6 quarters.  EPS has increased 116% in the past year compared to the same period one year earlier.

The improved results were aided by acquisitions of Schneller, Harco and AmSafe, which increased the company’s backlog.  Commercial OEM (original equipment manufacturer) markets were major benefactors. TransDigm raised its guidance driven by the good performance in the first half of the year.  The company’s strong free cash flow and well planned capital structure creates shareholder value

W. Nicholas Howley, TransDigm Group’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer – “With approximately $440 million of cash as of September 30, 2012, an available revolver of approximately $300 million and our strong ongoing cash generation, we feel we have adequate capital to meet our likely acquisition needs.  Additionally, given current capital market conditions, we believe we have access to significant additional capital if an attractive larger opportunity becomes available.”

Zacks Investment Research has an OUTPERFORM rating with a 12-month price target of $166.

A New Special dividend of $10 or 64% Yield – If You Dare

Sycamore Networks, Inc.  (NASDAQ: SCMR) announced that, on September 19, 2012, its Board of Directors approved a special cash distribution of $10.00 per share of common stock. The cash distribution will be paid on October 11, 2012 to stockholders of record as of October 1, 2012. In accordance with NASDAQ Rule 11140(b), the ex-dividend date will be October 12, 2012, the first business day following the payment date for the cash distribution.

The special dividend has a current yield of 64%.  Sycamore Networks has a market cap of $423 million.  The 12-month price target is $16.25.  Sycamore Networks has an equity summary score of 0.4 for a very bearish outlook.  If you dare, get in and out of this stock for the special dividend but do not expect to hold longer than ex-dividend period.

Sycamore Networks also announced revenue for its fiscal fourth quarter and year ended July 31, 2012 of $16.8 millionand $57.3 million, respectively. This compares to $13.0 million and $48.7 million for the comparable 2011 fiscal periods.

Sycamore Networks develops and markets intelligent bandwidth management solutions for fixed line and mobile network operators worldwide.  They also develop and market a mobile broadband solution designed to help mobile operators reduce congestion in mobile access networks. Sycamore products enable network operators to efficiently and cost-effectively provision and manage network capacity to support a wide range of converged services such as voice, video and data.

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.

Bassett Furniture Continues Turnaround with 11% Special Dividend

Bassett Furniture Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ: BSET) announced that its Board of Directors has declared a special dividend of $1.25 per share of common stock outstanding payable on October 26, 2012, to holders of record on October 12, 2012.  The special dividend is an 11% dividend yield based on current stock prices.

For the past two quarters BSET has paid a quarterly dividend to shareholders of $0.05 per share. And, as previously announced, the company’s Q3 dividend will be paid later this week at the $0.05 per share level.  The regular dividend yield is 1.73%.  Previously this year, on January 3, 2012, shareholders received a special dividend of $0.50 per share.

Bassett Furniture has been on a rebound as its operating profit for the second quarter was $1.6 million versus a $14.3 million loss for the second quarter last year.  Company-owned stores had sales of $42.8 million in the second quarter of 2012 as compared to $38.0 million in the second quarter of 2011, an increase of 12.6%. The increase was comprised of a $2.8 million or 7.9% increase in comparable store sales along with a $2.0 million increase in non-comparable store sales.

Bassett Furniture has a 12-month price target of $15.00.

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