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Endangered Dividends

Three Cuts, One More Likely This Month

By Roger S. Conrad on Jun. 9, 2020

May set records for S&P 500 dividend cuts, with 18 companies suspending and 5 others reducing. They were joined by 3 non-US essential services providers from our Utility Report Card coverage universe.

AusNet Services (ASX: AST, OTC: SAUNF) raised its semi-annual dividend for payment in June by 4.9 percent. But the Australian electricity distribution utility also issued guidance for a payout cut of -7 to -12 percent for the next 12 months.

Five Dividend Cuts and More Warnings

By Roger S. Conrad on May. 11, 2020

Five Endangered Dividends List companies cut dividends last month. For Covanta Holding (NYSE: CVA), NuStar Energy (NYSE: NS) and Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE: RDS/A), the decision was all about COVID-19 fallout.

COVID-19 Accelerates Dividend Cuts

By Roger S. Conrad on Apr. 13, 2020

What a difference a month makes. In March, I noted most of the nearly 200 companies we track posted solid 2019 results, holding out the possibility economic fallout from COVID-19 would create casualties.

Dividend Risk: Three Expected Cuts

By Roger S. Conrad on Mar. 10, 2020

Calendar Q4 earnings results are almost all in for the nearly 200 essential services companies in our Utility Report Card coverage universe.

Takeaway one: Except for the handful of weaklings headed for bankruptcy like Frontier Communications (NYSE: FTR), most are thriving and dividends are safe.

Dividend Risk: Concentrated in Telecom

By Roger S. Conrad on Feb. 10, 2020

Energy pipelines are the highest yielding sector in our Utility Report Card coverage universe. Ironically, after a five-year bear market, dividend risk is actually quite low for the handful of companies and master limited partnerships we track.

Where Last Year’s Dividend Cutters Stand Now

By Roger S. Conrad on Jan. 12, 2020

16 Utility Report Card companies reduced their dividends in calendar year 2019. That compares to 128 raising payouts, 23 that held them level and 27 that currently pay no dividend.

No Cuts this Time, but Two Companies Join the List

By Roger S. Conrad on Dec. 9, 2019

It’s survival of the fittest in the communications sector. And as rising competition, surging capital spending and tough regulation shrink free cash flow, the wave of dividend cuts is hitting all but the largest and strongest players.

Deutsche Telekom Cuts But Real Danger Lies Elsewhere

By Roger S. Conrad on Nov. 11, 2019

Deutsche Telekom (Germany: DTE, OTC: DTEGY) cut in its annual dividend to 60 Euro cents, from last year’s 70 Euro cents rate. The move surprised us because business is good.

Few Names but Many Dangers

By Roger S. Conrad on Oct. 7, 2019

Buckeye Partners (NYSE: BPL) exited the Endangered Dividends List last spring, following its all-cash takeover offer of $41.50 per share from Australia’s IGM Investors in May. Last week, the deal inched closer to a fourth quarter 2019 close, as the Committee on Foreign Investment in the US and Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission signed off.

Just Energy Eliminates Dividends, Landmark Cuts Guidance Again

By Roger S. Conrad on Sep. 8, 2019

Just because someone is offering doesn’t necessarily mean anyone will buy. That’s the hard lesson for shareholders of retail energy marketer Just Energy Group (TSX: JE, NYSE: JE). The stock has lost nearly -70 percent of its value since management announced a “strategic review” due to “outside interest” in early June.



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