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VLCCF Breaks Above 9% Yield Territory

By Dividend Channel Staff, Monday, July 18, 4:01 PM ET
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In trading on Monday, shares of Knightsbridge Tankers, Ltd. (VLCCF) were yielding above the 9% mark based on its quarterly dividend (annualized to $2.00), with the stock changing hands as low as $21.84 on the day. Dividends are particularly important for investors to consider, because historically speaking dividends have provided a considerable share of the stock market's total return. To illustrate, suppose for example you purchased shares of the iShares Russell 3000 ETF (IWV) back on 5/31/2000 you would have paid $78.27 per share. Fast forward to 5/31/2011 and each share was worth $80.78 on that date, a mere $2.51 or 3.2% increase over eleven years. But now consider that you collected a whopping $9.69 per share in dividends over the same period, increasing your return to 20.27%. Even with dividends reinvested, that only amounts to an average annual total return of about 1.7%; so by comparison collecting a yield above 9% would appear considerably attractive if that yield is sustainable. Knightsbridge Tankers, Ltd. (VLCCF) is a member of the Russell 3000, giving it special status as one of the largest 3000 companies on the U.S. stock markets.

In general, dividend amounts are not always predictable and tend to follow the ups and downs of profitability at each company. In the case of Knightsbridge Tankers, Ltd., looking at the history chart for VLCCF below can help in judging whether the most recent dividend is likely to continue, and in turn whether it is a reasonable expectation to expect a 9% annual yield.

VLCCF Dividend History
Date Div*
05/23/11 0.500
02/15/11 0.500
11/17/10 0.500
08/20/10 0.500
05/19/10 0.400
02/17/10 0.300
02/13/09 0.250
11/13/08 0.500
08/20/08 0.750
05/22/08 0.750
02/22/08 0.750
11/21/07 0.500
08/22/07 0.600
05/23/07 0.600
02/22/07 0.800
11/22/06 1.000
08/23/06 0.800
05/24/06 1.000
02/21/06 0.800
11/17/05 0.500
08/24/05 0.800
05/17/05 1.500
02/23/05 1.750
11/10/04 1.000
08/11/04 0.750
05/20/04 2.000
01/23/04 0.800
07/23/03 0.650
04/23/03 1.190
01/23/03 0.450
07/23/02 0.450
04/25/02 0.450
01/23/02 0.460
10/23/01 0.450
07/24/01 0.720
04/25/01 1.390
01/24/01 1.680
10/24/00 1.170
07/20/00 0.610
04/25/00 0.440
01/26/00 0.440
10/22/99 0.450
07/23/99 0.470
04/22/99 0.515
01/22/99 0.515
10/22/98 0.530
07/23/98 0.170
04/23/98 0.170
01/22/98 0.170
10/23/97 0.170
07/29/97 0.170
04/23/97 0.170
* Data may be adjusted for splits; we are not responsible for data errors; always verify data with the company.

VLCCF operates in the Shipping sector, among companies like Logistec Corp. (LGT.A.CA), and Box Ships Inc (TEU) trading higher by about 0.6%. Below is a three month price history chart comparing the stock performance of VLCCF, versus TEU.

VLCCF,TEU Relative Performance Chart


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