Since purchasing Harris Teeter, KR has absolutely destroyed it, turning Harris Teeter into a low end pile of garbage. What used to be a high end shopping experience at HT is now anything but:
1. It's obvious they have drastically cut back the labor costs/hours and it shows, everywhere.
2. HT stores used to be kept so clean you could eat off the floor. Now? The floors are so dirty, all the time, that it creeps me out. It's just plain disgusting. The self check-out lanes are the worst. There is so much grime, dirt, filth on the scanners, all the time, that it makes me wonder what disease I am taking home with the food.
3. The isles used to wide, clear, made for easy flow and relaxed shopping experience. They have now crammed the entire store with displays, everywhere. You simply can not maneuver easily. If you're into bumper cars, HT is now the place to go.
4. The specials used to be on staples, frequently used items. Now? They only cut price on junk that you hardly ever purchase.
5. HT had a thriving email "VIC" program. Every week I'd find good prices on items I needed. Now? Again, just junk items. So much so that I can't recall anything I've bought off a VIC email in months.
6. The old employees, who had been there forever, are now gone. They've been replaced by younger, lesser paid people .... who just do not care.
7. Most of the printed signs in the store have been replaced with Kroger signs ... destroying the HT feel the stores had.
HT is now a disgusting, low-end shopping experience. I now shop more elsewhere, as do most of my neighbors. I suspect the financial results will soon reflect this fact.
KR is NOT skilled at consolidation and acquisitions. I know this from first hand experience. If you think otherwise, you are a fool.
Two quarters ago they had a $1 M cash reserve. Now ? Zero, Zilch, Nada, Nothing, Goose Egg. They used $500 K in each of the last two Qs to support dividend payment. You cranked that into your guesswork, yes?
You can buy the stock today for $17.95. That makes each right worth only .25. [17.95 - 17.20 offering / 3 rights per share]. Which means that every single right sold during the offering period is way underwater. The vast majority of the rights sold for between .46 and .52. They've lost 50% on that investment.
Seriously ... just who were these idiots that so grossly overpaid for the rights?
The rights closed at .45 each the last day of trading. The overwhelming majority of rights buyers paid more than .45 each over the offering period. What did they wind up paying for INF?
Well, it looks like the offering got priced off NAV, because 78% of the closing NAV on 5/22 was higher than 90% of the avg of last 5 days closing price. 17.20 greater than 16.84.
17.20 + .45 each for 3 rights = 18.55 per share.
So, rights buyers largely paid MORE than 18.55 per share. The sad thing about that? You could buy INF for less than 18.55 all day long the last 2 days of trading. Would you rather buy rights and have to wait a full week before you get the stock, or buy the stock cheaper and have the flexibility to sell if needed at any time this week? Looks like most people did the stupid thing.
Why? Why were the rights buyers so dumb? Is there something I don't see? Or, am I the only one who can follow a closed-end fund rights offering and know whether it's better to buy the rights, or buy the stock?
There are people out there paying more for the rights to get into INF, than they would pay to just go into the market and buy the stock outright. Stupid people are trading these rights. They don't get it yet that this deal will wind up being priced at 78% of NAV, not the avg of the last 5 trading days. Do your homework people.
40 cents per right *3 rights + 17.32 offering price based on 78% of NAV = $18.52.
Then, push the pencil around to determine the diluted NAV post offering and you get about $20.87.
Pay $18.52 on a $20.87 NAV and you get about 11.3% discount to NAV .... overvalued ... relative to similar closed-end funds like UTF, which sell at 12.5 - 13.5% discount to NAV.
Fair value in the rights? about 30 - 32 cents. If you're buying them now, you're overpaying. Pure and simple.
Although I'm a CPA, that doesn't mean squat as it pertains to ROC issues in MLPs. My eyes glaze over just as easily as the next guy. And, I'd pull my hair out trying to understand this complex mess, if it hadn't all fallen out already.
Thanks, I see that issue now in the FEI annual report. I like much better how CEN presents it though. CEN shows the incoming ROC as income in the Statement of Operations, then, just as quickly, nets it out. At least the number gets visibility and not buried in some footnote.
So, with CEN:
ROC + Net Investment Income = $15 M
Cap Gains + options strategy = $15 M more
Distributions = $20 M
But with FEI:
ROC + Net Investment Income = $46.5 M
Cap Gains + options strategy = $30 M
Distributions = $60 M
They both look about equal to me in coverage on sourcing their dividend payments. Payments off their investments + Gains Booked is greater than distributions out to shareholders. CEN has more comfort there than FEI, but nothing to write home about.
The second thing I always look at with closed-ends is how much cushion they have in the way of built in gains in their current portfolio. The more gains, the higher the probability of at least maintaining the current divy, if not boosting the divy in the future ... via booking gains, paying them out. Looks like FEI has CEN beat there ... 26% to 10%.
So yeah Kel, I see your point about FEI being a decent buy here. Wonder why FEI has a higher discount to NAV than does most other Closed-End MLPs?
Thanks for the heads up.
Admitting there are some things about MLPs I've yet to grasp ... the FEI YE 10/31/2014 financials scare the heck out of me:
Investment Income - Investment Expenses = Negative $2 M
Booked $29 M in cap gains (including buy / write strategy)
BUT, paid over $60 M in dividends.
So, a little over 50% of every dollar you collected was just them giving you back your own money.
You realize this about FEI, yes?
Buy rights at .43 and you're getting CEN at a 6.8% discount to post offering, fully diluted NAV. Of the 26 MLP closed-end funds, 14 of them sell at a better value than a 6.8% discount to NAV. CEN rights are still overvalued. Way, way overvalued. Stupid people are buying the rights here.
I'm clueless as to why people are paying so much for this stock, and the rights, at this stage of the offering. If you were to currently buy and exercise rights, you'd be getting the stock at about a 5% discount to Net Asset Value. This thing has sold at a 10% discount to NAV in the past. And, you can currently buy the closed-end fund KMF also at a 10% discount to NAV. Both CEN and KMF have very similar portfolios. So, why are people being so stupid in overpaying for CEN stock, and rights?
The stock needs to be at around $16.80, rights at .31, to bring his thing in at a fair value of around 10% discount to NAV. Stop being stupid by overpaying for this piece of junk.
I just read the SA article on MVO about 30 minutes ago. It's been awhile since I modeled MVO, but I know enough about it to know that the SA article is making a legitimate case that MVO WAS grossly overvalued in the $14 - $17 range.
There is a very recent Seeking Alpha article by "The Forensic Accountant" that is responsible for today's drubbing of MVO (sister oil trust to VOC - another Michael Voss sponsored deal) ... down 25% on 15x normal daily volume as I type. What I found interesting though was that this same author wrote another piece a few weeks ago where he analyzed 15 oil trusts. He ranked VOC his #1 pick. Wish I could provide links to these articles, but in the wisdom of Yahoo, it's not permitted. Do a google search and I'm sure you'll find them.
The big seller showing 24 K shares on the ask a week ago, and pounding on it for days after, must still be leaning against the stock. The interesting thing about this is that if you check the NASDAQ website and look at ownership of WSCI, there are only 3 institutional owners that have 24 K or more shares: Raymond James @ 37 K shares, Renaissance Technologies @ 44.5 K shares and Barclays @ 108.9 K shares. One of those 3 must be exiting. When he finishes, WSCI should lift. $6 is too cheap for this stock. We should be in the low to mid 7s off these results.
Yep. I'll take .15, and another SA WSCI puff piece, on any day of the week that ends in "y".
Perplexing. Wonder who the seller was that tried so darn hard to exit this thinly traded stock over the last week? He sure had me spooked, convinced me we were in for store for a lousy quarter. Yep Jeff, surprise, surprise.
Been around this company long enough to know this ... it's 4:30 pm EST, 3:30 pm CST, at WSCI CFO's office. If earnings were OK, they'd have been released by now. If they stink, they'll wait until after 6:30 pm est to release ... after closing time at their offices, so they don't have to field any phone calls. It's a sure bet we're looking at yet another quarter of results that stink up the joint.