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Hannon Armstrong Sustainable: It’s All About the Spread

By Roger S. Conrad on Dec. 11, 2023
The first time I added shares of Hannon Armstrong Sustainable Infrastructure (NYSE: HASI) to the Aggressive Holdings, we cashed out with a return of about 300 percent. My attempt at a reprise has so far been somewhat less successful. Hannon has met management’s guidance for 10-13 percent annual distributable earnings growth, as well as target yearly 5 to 8 percent dividend increases. The dividend itself is 13 percent higher than when we entered in early 2022, with another boost ahead for February.

SSE Cuts: That Makes Six for 2023

By Roger S. Conrad on Dec. 11, 2023

UK electric utility SSE Plc (London: SSE, OTC: SSEZY) has “rebased” its twice-annual dividend to a new rate of 60 pence, starting with the March 2024 payment. That’s roughly -38 percent less than the previous annualized rate of 96.7 pence. As noted in my Utility Report Card comments, management stuck to its previous full-year FY2024 (end March 31) earnings guidance range, with a mid-point of GBP1.50 per share. That was despite what appeared to be disappointing results for the first half (end September 30), as adjusted EPS sank by roughly -11 percent.

Rotation or Recession, We’re Ready

By Roger S. Conrad on Dec. 11, 2023

Will a massive sector rotation propel market averages to new heights in 2024? Or will a bursting of Big Tech’s valuation bubble combine with a weakening economy and relentless upward pressure on interest rates to send the autumn recovery into full reverse? Either way, the stocks in the CUI Aggressive, Conservative and Top 10 Holdings portfolios are ready. That follows the release of strong Q3 results and guidance updates that frankly seemed to shock many.

Big Yield Hunting in a High(er) Rate World

By Roger S. Conrad on Dec. 11, 2023

When investment markets get roiled, most people assume the future holds more of the same. And so it is with the nearly unanimous consensus forecast of “higher for longer” interest rates. I still see a decent chance the Federal Reserve will raise the benchmark Fed Funds rate at least one more time this cycle, to bring its benchmark for inflation back to a long-term target rate of 2 percent. But so far as borrowing costs are concerned, the damage is done.

Atlantica Sustainable: The 10 Percent Yield is Safer than it Looks

By Roger S. Conrad on Nov. 13, 2023

Shares of Aggressive Holding Atlantic Sustainable Infrastructure Plc (NSDQ: AY) have lost almost one-third of their value this year. That’s pushed the dividend yield well north of 10 percent, a level last seen in early 2016. That’s when the bankruptcy of then-parent Abengoa SA threatened numerous company projects with potential cross-defaults. That forced Atlantica to hold in cash by suspending its dividend for six months. And it wasn’t until June 2021 that the payout was fully restored to the pre-suspension rate.

Dominion Energy: Big Yield and Ready to Recover

By Roger S. Conrad on Nov. 13, 2023

About a year ago, Dominion Energy (NYSE: D) announced a “top-to-bottom” strategic review. Management’s objective: To tackle three headwinds that were rapidly approaching hurricane force. Most important was ensuring the cost of the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) project wouldn’t balloon as other US offshore wind has. But the utility also had to reach an accommodation with a restive new Republican majority in the state legislature that was determined to roll back Democrats’ signature renewable energy law. And it had to cut parent level and floating rate debt with interest rates soaring.

Hunting High Quality Stocks at Dream Buy Prices

By Roger S. Conrad on Nov. 13, 2023

The Dow Jones Utility Average closed last week roughly -22 percent off the all-time high of 1077 reached in April 2022. The S&P Utilities is about as far below its all-time high from September last year. And both indexes have underperformed the S&P 500 by about 40 percentage points since making those highs. That’s pretty substantial underperformance. And the same is true for dividend-paying sectors across the board—Not much lately has beaten the humble money market fund.

SSE Will Cut, Vodafone at Risk

By Roger S. Conrad on Nov. 13, 2023

There were zero dividend cuts in the Utility Report Card coverage universe last month. Nor were there any negative Q3 surprises to push another company onto the Endangered Dividends List.

Dominion Energy (NYSE: D) is off this list this month. Management provided details during its Q3 earnings call that strongly back the integrity of the current dividend. The stock is a buy up to 65 and is my Conservative Focus.

Regulators: Still Supporting Utilities’ Growth Despite the Noise

By Roger S. Conrad on Nov. 13, 2023

This fall, utility stocks faced their worst selling pressure in years. That’s now eased up for one major reason: The much predicted and feared sector-wide earnings Armageddon never happened. Rather, Q3 results and guidance show plainly that companies are adapting successfully to everything from rising labor costs and pressure on customers’ finances to the likelihood of higher for longer interest rates.

AES Corp: Battered and Cheap but Still Solid

By Roger S. Conrad on Oct. 9, 2023

Aggressive Holding AES Corp’s (NYSE: AES) dividend yield is higher than its P/E multiple. That’s after a -54 percent year-to-date decline in the stock, most of it coming the last couple months as renewable energy and dividend stocks skidded across the board.



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