Leny: Maybe I wasn't clear, but you missed the point of my post.
I'm not comparing companies. I'm comparing managements. The MIC management worked to rebuild the company and their shareholders. The ACAS management worked to build up their personal wallets as their prime agenda.
In early March 2009 there were two horses in adjoining stalls at the Vet hospital fighting for their lives. On March 2 2009 Macquarie Infrastructure (MIC) had stopped their dividend and were being given the last rites as the share price dropped from the $40's range down to $0.79. The family (stockholders) hovered around in silence as they awaited the end.
They were oblivious to the agony going on in the next stall as a similar death watch was going on as American Capital (ACAS) was also in dire straights as the price dropped from the high $40's range down to $0.58 on March 6 2009 The ACAS family (stockholders) also hovered around awaiting the end.
However Medical science cheated the grim reaper in both cases as the vets worked tirelessly and brought both terminal patients back to health.
Similar stories? YES
Similar results? NO
ACAS has promised the family (stockholders) the sun the moon the stars, dividends growth and has delivered nothing with the stock now 6 years later still selling at about 30% of its previous levels currently $14.51
MIC on the other hand took their medicine that the Vet prescribed, got well, went back to work reinstated the dividend in 2011 at $0.20 per quarter and has rapidly increased to the recently declared $1.07 per quarter and the share price has responded to close friday at $85.22.
IT APPEARS WE BET ON THE WRONG HORSE.