10 Clean Energy Stocks Updates: Green Plains Partners Refi; Covanta Buyout

Second-quarter earnings season is in full swing. Below are a couple of updates and the monthly performance chart that I recently shared with my Patreon supporters.

Green Plains Partners Earnings and Future Dividend

(published August 2nd)

Ethanol Master Limited Partnership Green Plains Partners (GPP) declared second-quarter earnings. The main news remains the long-anticipated debt refinancing and new dividend guidance going forward.

At the end of the first quarter, I predicted that, after debt refinancing, GPP would increase its quarterly dividend to something in the $0.25 to $0.30 range.  

The new guidance is for the partnership to target a distribution coverage ratio of 1.1x over any 12 month period, a bit lower than I anticipated, allowing a higher level of distributions. I expected lower dividends and a higher coverage ratio which would allow a higher margin for error and room for future dividend increases.

With the current $0.12 dividend, the coverage ratio over the last twelve months was 4.01x.  If the dividend is raised to reduce that to the target 1.1x, we would get a quarterly dividend of $0.437. Given the new guidance, I expect the board of directors to raise the dividend to between $0.40 and $0.45 next quarter. $0.48 was the quarterly dividend before the covid pandemic.

Valuation

At a $0.40 quarterly / $1.60 annual dividend, the anticipated yield at the current stock price of $13 is 12.3%. This leaves significant room for further price increases before and when the dividend increase is announced.

I’m shifting my stance back from “Hold” to a short-term “Buy” on this one.

Covanta Earnings and Buyout

(Published August 3rd)

Covanta Holding (CVA) announced second-quarter earnings on July 28th, and investors yawned. With the buyout agreement by EQT Infrastructure (announced July 14th in place, Covanta’s future and current earnings are very unlikely to have any impact on investors’ returns.

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Disclosure: Long all stocks in the 10 Clean Energy Stocks for 2021 portfolio, including CVA and GPP.

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