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Endangered Dividends

Cutting Dividends to Avoid Capital Markets

By Roger S. Conrad on Nov. 11, 2018
Buckeye Partners (NYSE: BPL) has cut its distribution for the first time in its 30-year plus history: A -40.6 percent reduction spot on with our expectation. The move saves $300 million. That will fund modest capital spending without issuing new equity and make it easier to refinance the hefty $925 million in debt maturing through 2019.

Dividend Cuts Caused by Mergers Can Raise Returns

By Roger S. Conrad on Oct. 9, 2018
Last month, Dominion Energy (NYSE: D) announced it’s buying the 39 percent of Dominion Midstream (NYSE: DM) it doesn’t already own. In the September 19 Alert, we noted the offer of 0.2468 D shares per partnership unit equates to a roughly 41 percent distribution cut. We also said Dominion will have to increase that closer to the initial public offering price of $21 per unit to succeed.

Dividend Cuts: Good News and Bad news

By Roger S. Conrad on Sep. 9, 2018
First the good news: Four companies earned an exit from the Endangered Dividends List this month without cutting payouts. CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) is off after a stock and bond rally following turnaround second quarter results. That eases cost of capital pressures on the dividend and merits a boost in our buy target.

Merging to Cut Distributions

By Roger S. Conrad on Aug. 11, 2018
Enbridge Inc (TSX: ENB, NYSE: ENB) management isn’t budging from take under offers for its US MLP affiliates Enbridge Energy Partners (NYSE: EEP) and Spectra Energy Partners (NYSE: SEP). That boosts the odds the proposed stock-for-stock exchange ratio will hold, along with distribution cuts of 40 percent for Enbridge and 10 percent for Spectra.

SCANA Cuts, Who’s Next?

By Roger S. Conrad on Jul. 3, 2018
SCANA Corp (NYSE: SCG) will cut its quarterly dividend to 12.37 cents a share starting with the July 18 payment. The -79.8 percent reduction is in response to the South Carolina state legislature, which last week passed a bill reducing the 18 percent rate hike to pay for the cancelled Summer nuclear plant to 3.2 percent.

Enbridge Eats Its Young

By Roger S. Conrad on Jun. 11, 2018
Enbridge Inc (TSX: ENB, NYSE: ENB) is buying the remaining common units of the two US MLPs it controls: Enbridge Energy Partners (NYSE: EEP) and Spectra Energy Partners (NYSE: SEP). It’s a good deal for the acquirer, which is buying these assets for barely 7 times cash flow. Absorbing the regulated natural gas and oil pipelines should dodge a possible Federal Energy Regulatory Commission-mandated rate cut. And management has affirmed three-year earnings guidance while promising faster growth after 2020.

Moving Closer to the Edge

By Roger S. Conrad on May. 6, 2018

SCANA Corp (NYSE: SCG) won’t declare its June dividend until “closer to record date”. That’s the closest Conrad’s Utility Investor coverage universe companies have come to a payout cut this earnings season. But several are definitely on the edge.

Earnings Season: There Will Be Blood

By Roger S. Conrad on Apr. 13, 2018
Earnings season is the time when companies share their quarterly results, good and bad. It’s also an opportunity for management teams to reset their strategy and guidance, including the dividend policy.

Danger: Falling Dividends

By Roger S. Conrad on Mar. 5, 2018
Two names on our Endangered Dividends List cut their payouts.

Earnings Season Likely Brings More Dividend Cuts

By Roger S. Conrad on Feb. 4, 2018
Earnings season is the time when management teams usually update guidance and announce dividend policies.



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