Income Securities Watchlist

Currently, I am wary of income producing securities because interest rates are so low. As a result, I’m concentrating on income securities that have adjustable rates or are convertible. However, two of these three securities are neither adjustable or convertible. Here are some securities that are on my watch list.

AVF (AIG $25 denominated 7.70% Junior Debentures)

I have written about this security before, but it is finally at the price ($25.08) that I am comfortable with. Here are the brief details of the security. Read full analysis here.

  • Symbol: AVF
  • Principal Amount: $25
  • Coupon Rate: 7.7% or $1.925 before December 18, 2047. Three-month LIBOR plus 3.616% thereafter.
  • Call Date: December 18, 2012. AIG can redeem all ($1 billion), but not in part  before if a “tax event” happens or a “rating agency event” occurs anytime before December.
  • Mature Date: December 18, 2062, which can be extended to December 18, 2077
  • Distribution Dates: 3/18, 6/18, 9/18 & 12/18
  • Current Price: $25.08
I would buy AVF at any price around $25. 

HAVNP (10.25% capital securities New York Community Bancorp (NYB))

Here are the details of the security:

  • Symbol: HAVNP
  • Principal Amount: $10
  • Coupon Rate: 10.25%
  • Call Date: Currently callable $10.36, in 2013 callable at $10.31, etc..
  • Mature Date: 6/30/2029
  • Distribution Dates: 3/31, 6/30, 9/30 & 12/31
  • Current Price: $11.22

The danger with this security is that it can be called at anytime at $10.36. However, I’m not sure NYB will call it because:

  • NYB gives a dividend of 7% on the common shares.
  • The float is really small for HAVNP ($25.5 million).

To be safe, I would buy these at $10.50 or under. The price does drop to that range once in a while.


PMC Commercial Trust (PCC) is a REIT that makes loans to “small businesses collateralized by first liens on the real estate of the related business, primarily in the limited service hospitality industry.” Most of the loans they make are mostly guaranteed by the SBA (Small Business Administration). They sell off the guaranteed portion and keep the rest. 

The reason I am watching this stock is:

  • They are trading at almost half of book value.
  • They pay almost a 9% dividend.
  • There has been inquiry from private equity about the company and it has formed a special committee to study those inquiries.
  • Most of their loans are adjustable rates. Due to the low interest rates, they are really hurting. They are still profitable if you back out the costs for the aforementioned special committee. If interest rates rise, the stock price should rise with it.

There are risks associated with this stock:

  • Their income is not covering dividend payments. So, they could cut the dividend in the future.
  • Their loans are concentrated in the hospitality industry and in one region (Texas).

I have a small position in this stock that I initiated a while back. However, I’m waiting to see what happens before I buy more.

Disclosure: I am long PCC. 

My Portfolio

Here is my actual portfolio of stocks that I have written about on HypeZero:

Company Position Purchase Date Start Average Price Current Price Performance
AIG Long Shares 9/11/2012 $34.18 $35.70 +4.4%
AIG Long Jan ’14 $45 Call Options 11/16/2012 $1.96 $1.86 -5.1%
GM Long Shares 7/09/2012 $20.15 $24.59 +22%
OSH Short Shares 9/14/2012 $13.83 $12.52 +9.5%
SUSS Long Shares 10/15/2012 $34.84 $35.95 +3.2%
DF Long Shares 10/17/2012 $16.97 $18.30 +7.8%
  • GM and AIG are two stocks that I am extremely bullish about and am continuing to add to my positions.
  • I am not adding to OSH short position unless it goes up considerably and business fundamentals remain same
  • I am not adding to SUSS position unless it goes down.
  • I am not adding to DF long position until I see what the pricing of the WhiteWave IPO is.

Other stocks I wrote about:

  • Genie Energy (GNE) – Although I think this stock is undervalued, I could not get myself to buy the company due to the deteriorating results of IDT Energy.
  • Sears (SHLD) – Although they are doing a good job of divesting of businesses with spin-offs, there are too many uncertainties with the company. Also, business fundamentals are deteriorating.
  • Apple (AAPL) – I love Apple, but I am taking a wait and see approach. I don’t see any catalyst for the stock in the near term future. 


Seadrill Partners Jumps In Trading Debut

First, I was surprised that Seadrill Partners (SDLP) IPO was priced at $22 (high end of the range) and now it jumped to $24.66 on the first day of trading. It is now offering a yield of 6.3%.

I don’t understand what investors see in this stock, but they are starving for income yielding securities.  

Disclosure: I do not own SDLP.

8.75% From Lehigh Gas Partners

Lehigh Gas Partners LPLehigh Gas Partners LP (LGP) announced pricing terms for its upcoming IPO. It expects to sell 6 million common units at a price range of $19 to $21. The underwriters will be granted a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 900,000 common units.



Lehigh does exactly what Susser Petroleum (SUSP) does. (See our article here.) They generate income from “the wholesale distribution of motor fuels primarily by charging a per gallon margin that is either a fixed mark-up per gallon or a variable rate mark-up per gallon.” They also own and rent out gas stations. As of June 30, 2012, it owned 182 sites.


Lehigh Gas Partners Ownership

Details of the spin-off:

  • 6 million common units are offered at the price range of $19-$21 or 6.9 million common units if the underwriters exercise their option to purchase additional common units in full.
  • If the underwriters don’t exercise the option, the .9 million additional units will go to the Topper Group.
  • Regardless of what happens with the underwriters, there will be “7,525,000 common units representing a 50.0% limited partner interest in us and 7,525,000 subordinated units representing a 50.0% limited partner interest in us.”

Cash Distribution

The common units and subordinated units differ on the priority of receiving dividends. The partnership will distribute cash each quarter in the following manner:
  • first, to the holders of common units, until each common unit has received a minimum quarterly distribution of $0.4375 plus any arrearages from prior quarters;”
  • second, to the holders of subordinated units, until each subordinated unit has received a minimum quarterly distribution of $0.4375; and”
  • third, to all unitholders, pro rata, until each unit has received a distribution of $0.5031.”

“If cash distributions to our unitholders exceed $0.5031 per unit in any quarter, our unitholders and our general partner will receive distributions according to the following percentage allocations:”

  • above $0.5031 up to $0.5469 – 85% unit holders, 15% general partner
  • above $0.5469 up to $0.6563 – 75% unit holders, 25% general partner
  • above $0.6563 – 50% unit holders, 50% general partner

Conversion of subordinated units

“The subordination period will end on the first business day after we have earned and paid at least:

  1. $1.75 (the minimum quarterly distribution on an annualized basis) on each outstanding common unit and subordinated unit for each of three consecutive, non-overlapping four quarter periods ending on or after December 31, 2015 or 
  2. $2.6250 (150.0% of the annualized minimum quarterly distribution) on each outstanding common unit and subordinated unit and the related distribution on the incentive distribution rights for a four-quarter period ending on or after December 31, 2013, in each case provided there are no arrearages on our common units at that time.

When the subordination period ends, all subordinated units will convert into common units on a one-for-one basis, and all common units thereafter will no longer be entitled to arrearages.”


This IPO is an exact copy of the Susser Petroleum IPO. The fact that Susser is now trading at $25 should be an indication that this IPO will price at high end of range and it will pop during trading. At $20/share and $1.75 dividend, the yield will be 8.75%. At $21/share, it will be $8.3%. The dividend should be very safe because common units have rights over subordinated units.

Based on their 2013 projections, the dividend could go above $1.75. Couple things that concerned me in the filing:

  • Based on their 2013 projections, their rental income is negative (free cash flow is positive because of depreciation).
  • LGO, an entity managed by Joseph V. Topper, Jr, the Chief Executive Officer and the Chairman of the board of directors of our general partner, is leasing or sub-leasing 182 sites from the company at an aggregate initial annual rent of 3.8 million. That is $20,0000 per site. This seems really low because each site is worth around $1 million. Yearly maintenance for each site is probably around $20,000.
Either way, I expect this to trade similar to SUSP, around $25/share. Especially, since the SeaDrill Partners IPO priced at the high end of range at $22.

Buy Dean Foods

Dean Foods LogoAs I mentioned yesterday, Dean Foods (DF) shot up 13% on the announced terms of its spin-off of WhiteWave Foods (WWAV). Based on the initial pricing for the IPO, Dean is still undervalued. 



Dean operates three separate business segments:

  • “Fresh Dairy Direct is one of the nation’s largest processors and direct-to-store distributors of fluid milk marketed under more than 50 local and regional dairy brands and private labels. Fresh Dairy Direct also distributes ice cream, cultured products, juices, teas, bottled water and other products.”
  • “Morningstar Foods is a leading warehouse delivery dairy business that produces and sells traditional and specialty items, including cultured dairy products, ice cream mixes, coffee creamers, aerosol whipped toppings, traditional and value-added milks, and blended iced beverages to retailers and foodservice providers nationwide.”
  • WhiteWave-Alpro develops, manufactures, markets and sells a variety of nationally branded dairy and dairy-related products, such as Horizon Organic milk and other dairy products, International Delight coffee creamers and LAND O LAKES creamers and fluid dairy products, and Silk plant-based beverages, such as soy, almond and coconut milks, and cultured soy products. WhiteWave-Alpro also offers branded plant-based beverages, such as soy, almond and hazelnut drinks, and food products in Europe and markets its products under the Alproand Provamel brands.”


Dean is spinning-off its fastest growing unit, WhiteWave. It is expected to raise up to $320 million by selling 20 million Class A shares at about $14 to $16 each. The underwriters also have an option to purchase up to an additional 3 million Class A shares after the spin-off. Dean will still own 150 million Class B shares after the spin-off. The expected pricing date is October 25th.

Class A and Class B are exactly the same except:

  • Class A has 1 vote per share. Class B has 10 vote per share.
  • Class B also can or will be converted into Class A shares under certain circumstances.

After the spin-off, Dean will control WhiteWave because of its majority ownership and the fact it owns all the Class B shares.


The value case for Dean Foods is pretty simple. The market capitalization for all of Dean is $3.13 billion. Based on the price range of $14 to $16 for WhiteWave, the range for its valuation is $2.38 billion to $2.72 billion.  That means the rest of Dean is worth between $410 million to $750 million.

Even though the rest of Dean is having trouble growing revenue and maintaing margins, it still makes over 50% of net income. Dean’s 2012 net income will be around $200 million. If we allocate allocate around $95 million of it to WhiteWave, the rest of Dean will make up the other $105 million. After the spin-off, the rest of Dean would be worth at a P/E of 3.9 to 7.1. 


WhiteWave has been growing thanks to its brands and its focus on healthy foods such as organic milk and plant based milks. Consumers are moving towards a healthier lifestyle and that includes healthy foods.

Revenue for 9 months in 2012 increased 13% from $1.45 billion to $1.65 billion. Operating income has grown at more than 17% from $132 million to $155 million.

The company had pro forma earnings of $.49/share in 2011. If WhiteWave’s earns around $.57 for 2012, it will trade with a P/E range of 24 to 28 based on the IPO price range. 

Although, I would be hesitant to invest in WhiteWave at this type of valuation, it is somewhat in line with other health food competitors such as Hain Celestial Group, Inc. (HAIN), which trades at 25 times June 2013 earnings. It should be noted that Hain has a higher revenue and income growth rate, but their fiscal year ends in June 2013 where WhiteWave’s ends in December 2012. 

Rest of Dean

I went back and worth between valuing the rest of Dean separately or together. Initially, I valued it separately, but it became too complex because:

  • After the spin-off, Dean will have about $2.5 billion in debt. Assigning different amount of debt to each company has an impact on the valuation.
  • Dean does report operating income for each of the segments, but it has “Corporate and Other Expenses” of around $200 million for the whole company. Assigning different amount of expenses to each company has an impact on the valuation.

So, instead I’m going to make it real simple. As aforementioned, the rest of the company should have over $105 million in net income in 2012 if you back out WhiteWale. However the net income does not take into account:

  • Increasing free cash flow for rest of Dean. In 2012, the rest of Dean is decreasing capital expenditure. Based on management’s 2012 projections their depreciation expense will exceed their capital expenditure by $60 million. That’s $60 million extra in cash.
  • Private sale of Morningstar. In late September, the company was put up for sale by Dean to increase shareholder value. A lot of analysts said that it could fetch $1 billion in a private sale. Morningstar’s business is better than Fresh Dairy Direct’s because customers are less likely to switch from a branded coffee creamer as opposed to a branded milk. However, the market is mature and it is still highly dependent on the cost of raw milk and bulk cream. So, a $1 billion price is hard to fathom. It will have $120 million in operating earnings in 2012. If you factor in some interest expense, taxes and other expenses, net income would probably drop down to $70 million. I could see it going for 12 times that or $840 million. Private equity would still have room to load it with debt and flip it for a profit.
  • Although Fresh Dairy Direct makes up a majority of revenue (over 70%) and is a declining business, it is still profitable (over $400 million in operating earnings expected in 2012) and management is focused on cutting cost to increase profitability. 
Conservatively the rest of Dean’s free cash flow will exceed $150 million in 2012. 8 to 10 times that amount gives a valuation of $1.2 to $1.5 billion.
So, that gives us a valuation range of $3.58 billion to $4.22 billion or $20/share to $23/share. Of course, the final pricing and even post IPO pricing of WhiteWave has a huge effect on the valuation, but currently it is undervalued.
I should note one thing I am scared about is the Fresh Dairy Direct business, but the fact that management is focused on increasing shareholder value gives me some reassurance.
Nice to have the stock up $1 from when I recommended it yesterday!
Disclosure: I am long DF.

Dean Foods Spin-off

Dean Foods (DF) announced its WhiteWave-Alpro division has filed to spin-off into a separate company called WhiteWave. The IPO is expected to raise up to $320 million by selling 20 million Class A shares at about $14 to $16 each. Dean will still own 150 million Class B shares after the spin-off.

Dean is spinning-off WhiteWave to unlock the value of the company. WhiteWave has experienced strong growth over the last 5 years, but it has been hidden underneath Dean. WhiteWave makes Silk soy milk, Land O’Lakes and Horizon Organic.

I did a quick read of the filing, and it seems like Dean is undervalued even though it is up 13% today. 

I have initiated a position at $16.97, but will do more due diligence today and break down the analysis tomorrow.

Disclosure: I am long Dean Foods (DF) 

Seadrill Partners IPO

Seadrill Partners (SDLP), a subsidiary of Seadrill Limited (SDRL), set the price for the upcoming IPO on Monday. They plan to sell 8,7500,000 common units in the price range of $20-$22. The company expects to IPO next Tuesday, 10/23.

Seadrill Partners will own interests in four offshore drilling rigs. The rigs are signed to multi-year contracts (average of 4.1 years left) with major oil companies.

I have analyzed this IPO and I do not expect a pop in these shares.

  • At a $22 IPO price, SDLP will only yield 7%.
  • Unlike Susser, there is limited growth over the next 3-4 years.
  • There is no guarantee that they will be able to sign the next contract after the initial contract expires.
  • There is no guarantee rates will not go down on the next contract.
  • Although all rigs are very new, there will be a time when the rigs will need to be replaced.

There are a lot of risks involved with this IPO and I advise investors not to subscribe. 

Disclosure: I do not own shares of SDRL.

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NOOF Up 50% On Take Over Offer

Only a week after my article on New Frontier Media (NOOF), the company received an another take over offer. 

Larry Flynt, famous for Hustler Magazine, is offering up to $2.08 for the company. Shares were up over 50% to close at $2.00. 

I wish I could say I had invested in NOOF, but it was a bit too speculative for me.

Disclosure: I unfortunately do not own shares of NOOF