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Wells Fargo Expects to Cut Q3 Dividend Following Fed’s Stress Test

The Federal Reserve released the results of its 2020 stress test last Thursday, providing the first look at how regulators are assessing the ability of America's largest banks to withstand the coronavirus. The good news is that all 33 of the banks subject to the Fed's test were projected to remain above minimum regulatory capital requirements under [...]

June 29th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Government Aid Supports Omega’s Tenants and Dividend For Now But Longer-term Uncertainty Remains

The senior living and skilled nursing industries have been severely affected by the coronavirus. Not only are their residents more vulnerable if they contract COVID-19, but these facilities are designed for communal living, making it more difficult to control transmission of the virus. As a result of the financial challenges caused by the pandemic, several [...]

June 25th, 2020|Uncategorized|

MPW’s Rent Collection Remains Solid Through June

In April, we discussed how the COVID-19 pandemic caused a drop in demand for non-emergency procedures, increasing financial pressure on MPW's hospital tenants. With many hospitals struggling to earn a profit, it was unclear if MPW's tenants would be able and willing to pay their full rent and keep all of their facilities open. So far, rent [...]

June 23rd, 2020|Uncategorized|

NNN Strikes a More Optimistic Tone About the Dividend as Outlook for Rent Collection Improves

After cautioning in early May that "by no means is the dividend untouchable," National Retail Properties (NNN) appears to feel more confident that its payout will remain secure as lockdown measures continue easing. In April, NNN's 52% rent collection rate was among the weakest of any retail REIT. But at an investor conference on June 8, management [...]

June 19th, 2020|Uncategorized|

STORE Maintains Dividend as Retail Rent Collection Improved in June

On June 15, STORE Capital (STOR) provided a business update and opted to maintain its dividend for the second quarter. Management was encouraged by an increase in rent collection, giving the team more confidence that cash flow coverage will improve in subsequent months to preserve STORE's financial strength. STORE said it had received 76% of [...]

June 18th, 2020|Uncategorized|

McDonald’s Dividend Remains a Priority as Sales Trends Improve

McDonald's (MCD) provided a business update yesterday which showed continued improvement in sales trends from late March through May. In the U.S. (36% of total revenue), comparable sales were down only 5.1% in May, a meaningful improvement compared to a 19.2% decline in April.  Overall, comparable sales worldwide fell about 21% in May, improving from a 39% [...]

June 17th, 2020|Uncategorized|

NHI Maintains Dividend For Now Despite Continued Decline in Senior Housing Occupancy

On June 16, National Health Investors (NHI) provided a brief business update and maintained its regular dividend for the second quarter. As we discussed in our May note, NHI's dividend faces some uncertainty due to the pandemic's impact on the senior housing industry (nearly 70% of NHI's revenues). Senior housing operators, which have low margins to begin with, [...]

June 17th, 2020|Uncategorized|

ONEOK Retains “Borderline Safe” Dividend Safety Score Following Stock Sale Announcement

On June 11, ONEOK (OKE) announced it would sell 26 million shares of common stock, increasing its shares outstanding by about 6.3%. The offering was priced at $32 per share, well below the stock's $42 closing price the previous day. As a result, ONEOK's stock slumped about 16% on Thursday and 4% on Friday, finishing the week [...]

June 15th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Con Edison’s Dividend Continues to Look Safe Despite Pandemic Impact

Since bottoming on March 23, shares of Con Edison (ED) have returned less than 20% while the utilities sector (XLU) has rallied 40%. As a result, Con Ed's dividend yield still hovers near 4%, above its longer-term average. Like its peers, Con Ed faces a number of challenges stemming from the pandemic including reduced power [...]

June 9th, 2020|Uncategorized|

NetApp’s Dividend Safety Score Downgraded to “Safe” Due to Growth Challenges

NetApp (NTAP) sells hardware and software to enterprises implementing data storage solutions at on-premise data centers and within cloud environments. Modern companies produce huge amounts of data that can be rapidly analyzed, securely accessed, and easily monitored with NetApp's storage solutions. Competition is stiff. Not only does NetApp contend with hardware providers like Dell, IBM, [...]

June 2nd, 2020|Uncategorized|

Chevron Expects Dividend to Remain Safe Through at Least 2021 Even if Oil Remains Weak

None of the oil majors can cover their capital spending and dividends at today's oil price, even after slashing their investment plans. Oil needs to be closer to $50 to $60 per barrel for these companies to breakeven on their obligations, according to data from Bloomberg. Source: Bloomberg, U.S. Energy Information Administration, Simply Safe Dividends The [...]

June 2nd, 2020|Uncategorized|

Franklin’s Dividend Safety Score Downgraded to “Safe” as Performance Remains Weak

Franklin (BEN) reported earnings on April 30, providing a first look into the impacts of March's market turmoil on the active fund manager. Naturally, Franklin's investments declined in concert with markets. Assets under management (AUM) fell 17% to $580 billion, leading to a 7% decline in management fee revenue compared to the previous quarter. More notably, a [...]

June 2nd, 2020|Uncategorized|

Exxon’s Dividend Hinges on Oil Rebound and Management’s Tolerance of Higher Leverage

None of the oil majors can cover their capital spending and dividends at today's oil price, even after slashing their investment plans. Oil needs to be closer to $50 to $60 per barrel for these companies to breakeven on their obligations, according to data from Bloomberg. Source: Bloomberg, U.S. Energy Information Administration, Simply Safe Dividends The [...]

May 29th, 2020|Uncategorized|

AbbVie Begins Path to Strengthening Dividend Profile After Closing Allergan Acquisition

Shares of AbbVie (ABBV) have had a dividend yield above 5% for most of the past year, reflecting uncertainty about the biopharma company's growth profile. AbbVie's rheumatoid arthritis drug Humira, which in 2019 accounted for over 55% of sales and an even greater share of profits, loses exclusivity in the U.S. in 2023. That long-term [...]

May 28th, 2020|Uncategorized|

NHI Will Decide Dividend’s Fate in June as Largest Tenants Work Through COVID-19 Headwinds

On April 13, we discussed the challenges facing National Health Investors (NHI) due to the COVID-19 crisis:  Overall, the pandemic has increased NHI's risk profile. The REIT has some of the highest exposure to senior housing and skilled nursing, two areas of healthcare that could face the most pressure from the coronavirus outbreak.Coupled with NHI's small scale [...]

May 27th, 2020|Uncategorized|