This Stock Has A 9.00% Yield, Sells For Less Than Book, and Insiders Have Been Buying

In this series, we look through the most recent Dividend Channel ''DividendRank'' report, and then we cherry pick only those companies that have experienced insider buying within the past six months. The officers and directors of a company tend to have a unique insider's view of the business, and presumably the only reason an insider would choose to take their hard-earned cash and use it to buy stock in the open market, is that they expect to make money — maybe they find the stock very undervalued, or maybe they see exciting progress within the company, or maybe both. So when stocks turn up that see insider buying, and are also top ranked, investors are wise to take notice. One such company is STORE Capital Corp (Symbol: STOR), which saw buying by CFO Catherine F. Long.

Back on March 11, Long invested $99,810.40 into 3,485 shares of STOR, for a cost per share of $28.64. In trading on Friday, bargain hunters could buy shares of STORE Capital Corp (Symbol: STOR) and achieve a cost basis 48.5% cheaper than Long, with shares changing hands as low as $14.74 per share. It should be noted that Long has collected $0.35/share in dividends since the time of their purchase, so they are currently down 47.3% on their purchase from a total return basis. STORE Capital Corp shares are currently trading -4.77% on the day. The chart below shows the one year performance of STOR shares, versus its 200 day moving average:

STORE Capital Corp Chart

Looking at the chart above, STOR's low point in its 52 week range is $13 per share, with $40.96 as the 52 week high point — that compares with a last trade of $14.80. By comparison, below is a table showing the prices at which insider buying was recorded over the last six months:

Purchased Insider Title Shares Price/Share Value
12/12/2019 Joseph M. Donovan Director 10,000 $37.42 $374,194.00
03/06/2020 Andrew Rosivach Chief Credit Officer, EVP 10,000 $32.45 $324,500.00
03/02/2020 Joseph M. Donovan Director 3,000 $33.35 $100,042.50
03/03/2020 Tawn Kelley Director 2,000 $33.59 $67,190.00
03/06/2020 Tawn Kelley Director 1,000 $31.90 $31,900.00
03/10/2020 Christopher H. Volk President and CEO 3,300 $30.27 $99,891.00
03/10/2020 Catherine F. Long CFO, EVP and Treasurer 3,400 $29.95 $101,830.00
03/10/2020 Chad Allen Freed EVP GC CCO & Sec. 1,000 $29.00 $28,999.00
03/10/2020 Mary Fedewa Chief Operating Officer 3,479 $28.69 $99,810.42
03/11/2020 Catherine F. Long CFO, EVP and Treasurer 3,485 $28.64 $99,810.40
03/11/2020 Chad Allen Freed EVP GC CCO & Sec. 1,000 $28.67 $28,670.00

The DividendRank report noted that among the coverage universe, STOR shares displayed both attractive valuation metrics and strong profitability metrics. For example, the recent STOR share price of $15.56 represents a price-to-book ratio of 0.8 and an annual dividend yield of 9.00% — by comparison, the average company in Dividend Channel's coverage universe yields 7.1% and trades at a price-to-book ratio of 1.3. The report also cited the strong quarterly dividend history at STORE Capital Corp, and favorable long-term multi-year growth rates in key fundamental data points.

The report stated, ''Dividend investors approaching investing from a value standpoint are generally most interested in researching the strongest most profitable companies, that also happen to be trading at an attractive valuation. That's what we aim to find using our proprietary DividendRank formula, which ranks the coverage universe based upon our various criteria for both profitability and valuation, to generate a list of the top most 'interesting' stocks, meant for investors as a source of ideas that merit further research.''

The annualized dividend paid by STORE Capital Corp is $1.4/share, currently paid in quarterly installments, and its most recent dividend ex-date was on 03/30/2020. Below is a long-term dividend history chart for STOR, which the report stressed as being of key importance. Indeed, studying a company's past dividend history can be of good help in judging whether the most recent dividend is likely to continue.


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