Oil refiner and marketer
Western Refining Inc.
) hiked its fourth-quarter 2013 dividend to 22 cents per share
(88 cents per share annualized), representing an increase of
22.2% from its third-quarter 2013 dividend of 18 cents. The new
dividend is payable on Nov 14, 2013, to shareholders of record as
of Oct 30, 2013.
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Based on the closing price of $31.94 as of Oct 15, 2013, the
dividend hike affirms a yield of 2.8%. We believe that the
dividend hike - together with the ongoing share buyback plan of
the company - not only highlights Western Refining's commitment
to create value for shareholders but also underlines its healthy
Western Refining plans to release its third-quarter results on
Oct 31, before the opening bell. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for
Western Refining's third quarter is 63 cents per share.
Texas-headquartered Western Refining is an independent refiner
and marketer of refined petroleum products in the Southwestern
and Mid-Atlantic regions of the U.S. The company operates in
three segments: Refining, Wholesale and Retail.
Western Refining currently holds a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell), implying
that it is expected to underperform the broader U.S. equity
market over the next one to three months.
We expect Western Refining's margins to be negatively impacted
due to a rise in the cost of oil it buys to make gas, jet fuel
and other refined products. The commodity's price is hovering
around $102 per barrel.
While we expect Western Refining to perform below its peers and
industry level in the coming months, one can consider
Kinder Morgan Inc.
Matador Resources Company
) that offer better prospects. All the stocks sport a Zacks Rank
#1 (Strong Buy).