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  • blair.wagner@snet.net blair.wagner Mar 24, 2010 10:17 AM Flag

    Reminder; don't give up your shares to the

    Two questions for
    the board.

    1. Why all the insider selling?

    2. How safe is the dividend.

    Looks like an interesting company but not
    sure what the risks are.

    TIA

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    • As far as insider selling - I did not see where they had so much. Can you give me more specifics of what you see as a problem?
      As far as dividend safety - IMHO - the best way to check for safety is a comparison of the FFO to the divi and if anything going forward we should have a divi increase. We have a 40 cent divi and 4 dollars to take it from. In the last conference call - they do have use for much of that cash flow so we won't see an increase soon but that should change 6 months down the road. Cash flow is going toward new planes - and to cover any potential shortfalls in cash and value of planes vs amount owed. Some of their older classic planes now have a value(should be temporary) that if they were sold today would he down - but they still have lease money coming in for a long time - so as the world economy improves - demand for even the older planes will improve. Just a note but all of those "older" planes are reasonably fuel efficient - much better then the MD80 class of maching that we hear about going to the desert.

 
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