These 2 High Dividend Stocks Go Ex-Dividend Next Week

by Robert Hauver

There are 2 dividend stocks from our High Dividend Stocks By Sector Tables, which go ex-dividend on 5/1/13: Calumet Specialty Products Partners, LP, (CLMT), and PAA Natural Gas Storage, (PAA).

CLMT is a refiner and processor of specialty hydrocarbon products, and operates six plants including operations in Northwest Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Texas and Illinois.

PAA’s business consists of the acquisition, development, operation and commercial management of natural gas storage facilities. Although PAA is listed as a Gas Utility stock on financial websites, it’s actually more of an Energy-related stock.

PAA owns and operates 3 natural gas storage facilities located in Louisiana, Mississippi and Michigan. PAA’s customers include electric utilities, local distribution companies, pipelines, natural gas producers, LNG importers, aggregators, marketers, and industrial and commercial end use customers.
Valuations: Both of these stocks are closer to the low end of their 5-year P/E range – (PNG went public in 2010, so there’s less history for it than for CLMT.)
Dividends: CLMT has a very impressive 51% dividend growth rate over the past 5 years, having raised its quarterly distributions from $.45 in 2008-2009, up to the current new $.68 payout. In fact, CLMT’s frequency of rate hikes has also increased – they raised their distributions 3 times in 2011, and 4 times in 2012, and just raised it again in the 1st quarter of 2013, to $.68 from $.65. After its 2010 IPO, PNG raised its distribution from $.21 to $.34, and then from $.35 to $.36 in 2011, where it remains currently:
Performance: Both stocks have had a strong run over the past year, especially CLMT.
Options: Although both stocks have options available, at present CLMT’s are much more compelling, particularly its cash secured puts. This strategy would make sense in light of the 93% price gains CLMT has had. This put trade offers you a 15%-plus annualized yield, and a breakeven that’s 11.55% below CLMT’s share price.
You can see more details on this and over 35 other high options yields trades in our free Cash Secured Puts Table.

If you’re also interested in selling Covered Calls, we maintain a free Covered Calls Table, which also has over 35 high yield trades.

Financials: Except for its heavier debt load, CLMT’s ratios look stronger vs. its industry than PNG’s do. CLMT has an Interest Coverage ratio of 1.64. PNG has a much higher Operating Margin than its peers, and most of its ratios are in line with its industry’s averages:
Disclaimer: This article was written for informational purposes only and is not intended as investment advice.
Disclosure: The author had no positions in CLMT or PNG at the time of this writing.

This Hot High Dividend Stock May Still Be Undervalued

by Robert Hauver

Our quest for undervalued high dividend paying stocks keeps leading us back to the Energy sector, which took a beating in the second quarter, but has come back strong since late June. In a previous article, we wrote about Pioneer Southwest Energy, (PSE), an energy stock which had been left behind in the summer rally.

This article focuses on Calumet Specialty Products Partners, (CLMT), an LP which is a combo oil & gas processor/refiner. With its 8%-plus dividend yield, CLMT is listed in our High Dividend Stocks By Sector Tables.  Unlike PSE, CLMT hasn’t been left behind this summer, and has greatly outperformed the S&P since late June.  It also looks closer to being overbought than oversold on its stochastic chart:

Undervalued Thesis: Thanks to a series of acquisitions, CLMT had great growth in 2011, and thus far in 2012, with 2012 EPS estimated at $3.34 on average, a torrid 151% pace. Its long-term 5-year growth projection of 26.81% gives it a very low 0.36 PEG:

Here’s the rub – analysts are currently estimating a -3.89% downturn in EPS for 2013:

But analysts may be underestimating the 2013 earnings impact of CLMT’s acquisitions, if the last 2 quarters are any harbinger of what’s to come. CLMT earned $0.97 in the first quarter, and increased to $1.14 in the 2nd quarter of 2012, an approximately 87% to 100% increase over the previous year’s quarters.

So, if CLMT matches the lower, $.97 1st quarter figure over the next 2 quarters, it would earn $4.05 in 2012, and probably even more in 2013, since it has made more acquisitions since the 2nd quarter, which will be accretive to earnings:

(Source: Yahoo Finance)

Using a risk-adjusted discounted rate of 8.37% vs. future earnings also shows CLMT to be undervalued, with a whopping value of $132.97.

Dividends: After paying its first 2 quarterly distributions of $.63 in 2007, CLMT’s payout slipped to $.45/quarter in 2008-2009, but has increased steadily ever since – $.46 in 2010, form $.47 up to $.50 in 2011, and from $.53 to $.59 in 2012.

Even though it still looks undervalued on a long term basis, given the big run that CLMT has had…

You may want to wait for a pullback, or, alternatively, sell Covered Calls, to achieve a lower break-even cost.

Here’s a trade for CLMT from our Covered Calls Table, which lists 30 other high yield trades:

This 5-month trade offers a few different income scenarios:

1. Static – Maximum income of $2.48, (dividends and call premium), if CLMT doesn’t rise above the $30.00 call strike price near its ex-dividend dates, or at expiration.

2. Assigned – Minimum income of $2.15, ($.85 price gain + call premium), if CMLT does rise above the $30.00 call strike price near its first ex-dividend date, and your shares are assigned. Maximum income of $3.33 if CMLT gets assigned at expiration, AND you collect both quarterly $.59 dividends.

CLMT also has put options available, but the only high yield is on a $30.00 strike price, which is above the current price/share.

Financials: CLMT has good Mgt. Efficiency ratios, but does carry more debt than industry averages. However, it has 4.1 Interest Coverage Ratio. Its Operating Margins should improve, as it integrates its acquisitions.

Company Profile: Calumet is a master limited partnership and is a leading independent producer of high-quality, specialty hydrocarbon products in North America. Calumet processes crude oil and other feedstocks into customized lubricating oils, solvents, waxes and asphalt used in consumer, industrial, and automotive products. Calumet also produces fuel products including gasoline, diesel and jet fuel. Calumet is based in Indianapolis, Indiana and has nine facilities located in northwest Louisiana, northwest Wisconsin, western Pennsylvania, southeastern Texas and eastern Missouri. (Source: Calumet website)

Disclosure:  Author had no positions in any of the stocks mentioned in this article at the time of this writing.

Disclaimer: This article is written for informational purposes only and isn’t intended as investment advice.

Author: Robert Hauver © 2012 Demar Marketing All Rights Reserved