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CBL - The Lipstick Fades


  • CBL's earnings are out - they are not PREIT.
  • Just about everything is worse and they cut the dividend.
  • We aren't happy and we feel duped by management.

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A picture is worth one-thousand words...

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The lipstick is beginning to fade and the silk purse has become a dog treat.

All you are left with is a...

CBL & Associates (NYSE:CBL) released third quarter earnings that surprised me. Let me just jump right in with this from their earnings release:

“The dividend is an important way that we return value to our shareholders,” commented Lebovitz. “Our approach has been to set the dividend at a level that maximizes available cash flow for investing in our properties and debt reduction, while also maintaining consistency. As one of the largest shareholders of CBL, management and the Board are fully vested in maximizing shareholder value. It is with that perspective that we made the difficult decision to reduce the common dividend to an annualized rate of $0.80 per share from $1.06 per share. Based on our updated projections of taxable income, the common dividend is being re-set to a rate that will preserve an estimated $50 million of cash on an annual basis. This enhanced liquidity will help to fund value-adding redevelopment activity and debt reduction.”

This was somewhat unexpected as many investors see a dividend payout ratio of 55%:


A low

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