Would technically be libel rather than slander, since it is in writing. But yes, you are right. And, absent proof, potentially actionable. When it crosses the line from nasty to defamation, we all need to use the Yahoo! FLAG switch to call their attention.
Just recalled, though, that if you deduct two-thirds of the $.60 divvy declared today (two months out of three in the quarter), that would take the $14.10 end-of-Aug bv down to $13.70.
. . .up from $13.89 at the end of 2Q (June 30)
Re: the SECOND-quarter divvy not even being posted on the website yet, referenced in my post immediately above this one, I called this morning. That has been fixed now.
This thread frustrates me, not only the conclusions being drawn (there's gonna be an announcement each quarter - the fund gets charged one heck of an excise tax if they don't distribute at least 90 per cent of the taxable, not GAAP, income each year), but also because Western could forestall a lot of the concern about the dividend by just being a little more systematic. . . . They just don't act like it's a priority to communicate with shareholders on a timely basis about this. Gosh, at this writing their website hasn't even posted the SECOND-quarter dividend that has long been declared and paid, let alone the third-. And more than once they've let the "ex-date" slip into early the next quarter; that may not affect our taxes (except in December), but it damn well affects our personal quarterly income statements, and this is the only mREIT (at least that I am personall aware of) that is so cavalier in its attitude on things like this. . . . But there WILL be a dividend. Sometime. A lot of the confusion here is people seem to be looking at auto-generated declaration and ex-dates put out by some financial firms' algorithms that may know even less about the company's dividend calendar than we do!
Ex-dig isn't 9/25. Won't be until about a week after announcement. You must be reading from some automated site that estimates the ex-date based on last quarters data.
Unfortunately (for those of us impatient types), they normally announce after the market closes on Thursdays, and so we may well go til next Thursday now.
And for those of you who say, "but with the typical one-week lag time between announcement and ex-date, that might move the ex-date into early next quarter," yup, they've done that, too. A coupla times.
I've called their I.R. guy Larry Clark before about this, and he's always really nice, but I just think they treat the timing and posting of these things pretty dang casually. Heck, if you go to their dividend-history page on their web site, they haven't even updated the history with the SECOND quarter dividend (long since paid), let alone the third. . . .
OMG! The only remotely possible screwup anybody could be referring to would be failure to telegraph the fact that book value would be down from the end of May, when they last reported it, til the end of June, so the market bid down the share price in a hurry this morning. But then again anybody following the market knew exactly what was going to happen to book value in June. It didn't seem to result in a public paddling of the share price when, for example, AGNC went through that a couple days ago. In short, WMC managers did NOT screw up in coming through Q2 like they did, and there's no way I am going to vote my proxy as if they did.
Late last night I saw estimates here that WMC would have June 30 book value as high as 14.25 to as low as 13.25 or even lower. So I decided to use AGNC as a guide, and do some math.
Both AGNC and WMC had in June released estimated book values as of May 31, and AGNC had already released its June number a couple days ago. We all knew that June was tough on MREIT book values, so I took the AGNC May estimated BV, subtracted out the amount of the dividend they declared that day, and then figured the percentage decline that occurred for AGNC BV from the end of May to the end of June. I then got the estimated May WMC BV, and subtracted out the amount of the quarterly WMC dividend, and applied AGNC's percentage decline to that WMC figure. (I realize WMC's and AGNC's investments are not identical, but I was curious how well this would come out.) Well, my math predicted the BV announced by WMC this morning would be $13.80, and it ended up at $13.89. Not far off, and it also told me that by that score, WMC had slightly better performance in June than did its four-letter colleague :)