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Endangered Dividends

An Unconventional Cut

By Roger S. Conrad on Jul. 3, 2021
DTE Energy (NYSE: DTE) has declared a dividend of 82.5 cents for payment in October. That’s -24 percent lower than what it’s paying this month. But it’s hardly a payout cut in the conventional sense.

Deleveraging Needs Drive Dividend Cuts

By Roger S. Conrad on May. 31, 2021

The combination of heavy debt and pressured revenue drove dividends cuts at 25 of the essential services companies in our Utility Report Card coverage universe last year. It triggered 16 in 2019 and five more so far this year, last month AT&T Inc (NYSE: T) and Singapore Telecom (Singapore: ST, OTC: SGAPY).

A Short List, But Heavy Debt Can Still be Deadly

By Roger S. Conrad on May. 10, 2021

Heavy debt and revenue under pressure: Those are always the two biggest risks to dividends. And when combined, a cut is usually on the way. Both are common maladies for the four remaining companies on my Endangered Dividends List.

When Gauging Dividend Safety Watch the Debt

By Roger S. Conrad on Apr. 12, 2021

So far, 2021 is shaping up favorably for dividends in our Utility Report Card coverage universe. That’s thanks to last year’s aggressive measures to shore up balance sheets as well as the firming global economy.

3 Cuts Down Under, An Exit and Two New Entrants

By Roger S. Conrad on Mar. 8, 2021

Three energy utilities “down under” have announced next semi-annual dividends will be lower than the previous year’s: AGL Energy (ASX: AGL, OTC: AGLXY) by -12.8 percent, Contact Energy (NZ: CEN, OTC: COENF) by -12.5 percent and Origin Energy (ASX: ORG, OTC: OGFGY) by -16.8 percent.

No Cuts But Some Possible Exits

By Roger S. Conrad on Feb. 8, 2021

Zero companies in our Utility Report Card coverage universe announced dividend cuts last month. To date, only a small number have shared calendar Q4 results and guidance. But that’s still a very good sign managements are comfortable with steps taken so far to deal with what for most are still quite challenging business conditions.

Where 2021 Dividend Risk Lurks

By Roger S. Conrad on Jan. 11, 2021

Last year, 25 coverage universe companies cut or eliminated dividends. That’s more than one in eight we track and compares to just 16 in 2019. And it was the largest number in at least a decade for this group of ordinarily super-stable and financially strong companies.

Buying into Dividend Cut Risk

By Roger S. Conrad on Dec. 8, 2020

Avoiding companies at elevated risk to dividend cuts is a time-honored tenet of income investing. That’s because reductions typically add insult to injury by triggering selloffs in offending stocks.

Two More Midstream Cuts

By Roger S. Conrad on Nov. 9, 2020

Energy Transfer LP (NYSE: ET) and Infraestructura Energetica (Mexico: IENOVA, OTC: IENVF) are the 25th and 26th dividend cutters from our Utility Report Card coverage universe in calendar 2020.

The silver lining is management’s decisions were clearly made for preference, rather than of necessity. That’s encouraging for both companies as well as others we track, with the result our Endangered Dividends List is the shortest it’s been all year.

No Cuts, But Some New Names

By Roger S. Conrad on Oct. 12, 2020

Essential services companies by their nature provide something that’s always needed. So it takes a major catastrophe this year’s pandemic and economic fallout to really shake up our Utility Report Card coverage universe.



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