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Iron Mountain’s Restructuring Progress Improves Dividend’s Sustainability

Iron Mountain reported earnings on Wednesday and delivered better-than-feared results for the year. Sales in 2020 fell 3%, and adjusted EBITDA was flat. But the bigger story was management's guidance. Iron Mountain expects 2021 organic revenue and adjusted EBITDA to grow by 2-6% and 7-10%, respectively. If realized, this would mark the company's highest level of growth [...]

February 25th, 2021|Uncategorized|

ET to Maintain Distribution Following Acquisition of Enable Midstream; Deleveraging on Track to Accelerate

Energy Transfer on Wednesday announced plans to acquire Enable Midstream in a $7 billion all-equity transaction. This deal will increase Energy Transfer's units outstanding by about 14%, but management plans to maintain the firm's current $0.61 per unit distribution. We estimate the combined company's distributable cash flow (DCF) payout ratio will remain practically unchanged from Energy Transfer's [...]

February 17th, 2021|Uncategorized|

AT&T to Provide Update on Leverage Goals Later This Quarter; Dividend Expected to Be Sustained

Investors will have to wait a little longer to find out how much AT&T spent in a recent record-setting auction for spectrum and how its deleveraging plans will be impacted. As part of its earnings report in late January, AT&T told investors it was still in the quiet period for the FCC's spectrum auction and could not [...]

February 15th, 2021|Uncategorized|

Federal Realty Maintains Dividend Despite Expected Cash Flow Deficit Through Mid-2022

Federal Realty on Thursday reported fourth-quarter earnings and maintained its dividend as rent collections continued improving. The shopping center REIT collected 89% of the rent it billed during the fourth quarter, up from 85% in the third quarter and 72% in the second quarter. However, management expects 2021 to be another tough year. About 85% of Federal's [...]

February 12th, 2021|Uncategorized|

Sysco’s Dividend Likely to Remain Safe But Frozen Until at Least Late 2021 as Restaurant Volumes Recover

Sysco remains challenged by the pandemic as restaurants (more than 60% of revenue), schools, hotels, and other foodservice customers continue operating at relatively low capacity levels. The food distributor's revenue has gradually recovered following a 60% decline in late March last year, but sales were still off 23% last quarter. While the operating environment will [...]

February 11th, 2021|Uncategorized|

Verizon’s Record Bid for Spectrum Expansion is Unlikely to Impact Dividend

Verizon closed out 2020 with solid financial results.  While sales contracted a modest 3% with minor pandemic related headwinds, earnings grew slightly thanks to margin improvements. Cash flows remained strong and investors were rewarded with Verizon’s 14th consecutive annual dividend increase. Overall, Verizon had a routine year despite the chaos found elsewhere as the world slogged through [...]

February 6th, 2021|Uncategorized|

Magellan Remains Positioned to Preserve Distribution Despite Disappointing Guidance

Magellan on Tuesday reported earnings, closing out a year which management described as having "the most challenging industry and economic conditions experienced in our 20-year history as a public company." Magellan's units slumped more than 4% on the update after management's guidance indicated that this year may not be much better. The firm's distributable cash flow (DCF) [...]

February 3rd, 2021|Uncategorized|

Exxon Expects to Maintain Dividend as Breakeven Oil Price Falls

Exxon believes its cash flow will cover capital expenditures and the dividend this year even if Brent oil prices average as low as $45 per barrel and its downstream and chemical businesses maintain their lowest margins in at least a decade. As part of the firm's earnings presentation on Tuesday, management laid out capital allocation priorities through [...]

February 3rd, 2021|Uncategorized|

Chevron’s Breakeven Oil Price Now in the $40s, Providing More Support for the Dividend

Chevron on Friday reported fourth-quarter earnings and showed continued progress improving the sustainability of its dividend in a low oil price environment. Driven by capital spending reductions and lower operating expenses, Chevron's breakeven oil price required to cover its capital program and dividend was under $50 per barrel for the second quarter in a row. That's down [...]

February 1st, 2021|Uncategorized|