- "Do the math," says SA contributor REIT Analyst, eyeing a short opportunity in Western Asset Management (WMC +5.4%) following its surprising $2.35 dividend announcement last night.
- The rise in the stock today puts it above November 30 estimated book value per share of $16.76 - this at a time when the rest of the mREIT sector (REM+1.2%) is trading at a significant discount to book, including American Capital Agency (AGNC +1.3%) at more than a 20% discount, and Anworth (ANH+1%) at nearly 30% - just to name two. And don't forget the dilutive share issuance necessary to pay out the stock portion of the dividend.
- Among others who announced dividends last night, Annaly (NLY +2.1%) gains after surprising no one by cutting a nickel to $0.30, and Chimera (CIM+2.2%) rises after announcing a special $0.20 dividend.
- Lumped in with the mREITs, but with a slightly different business model is Arlington Asset Management (AI +3.3%) which continues a big run this year after holding its payout steady. SA contributor Darren McCammon reminds Arlington is a C corp, so - for taxable accounts - its yield is taxed at lower qualified rates, making its 13.4% annualized payout comparable to an mREIT paying 16%. Check McCammon's post for the rest of the advantages. The stock is up 28% YTD vs. big declines for the mREIT sector.
- Related ETFs: MORT, MORL
Western Asset above book value - short target?
Dec 20 2013, 12:12 ET