Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Added more Chevron now selling a Call

I have been an owner of Chevron for a long time.  Chevron, symbol CVX, is in my 2011, 2012, 2013,2014 and 2015 portfolios.  Then the price of oil crashed creating major chaos in the oil companies.  I added and then sold a call; my reasoning is presented below.

  • EPS have returned and now exceed dividends paid out
  • Dividend yield far exceeds 2 year U.S. Treasury
  • Dividend growth returns and exceeds inflation
  • Balance sheet is strong as measured by D/E ratio

Recently, when the over all market weakened I added some more CVX at $113.15.  This did not seem wise when CVX traded at $108.90 intraday on February 22, 2018.  I am reminded that you cannot pick a precise bottom.

CVX Fundamentals


Chevron's earnings have finally rebounded as the price of oil has improved and CVX has made some structural changes.  Finally E.P.S (earnings per share) are exceeding dividends paid out.

Fundamentally, Chevron's 4% yield provides much better retirement income for me than a 2 year U.S. Treasury.  Moreover, dividend growth has resumed.  CVX's most recent dividend increase from $1.08 to $1.12 is an increase of 3.7%.  I prefer 4% dividend growth but 3.7% beats current inflation.

Chevron's dividend history is interesting.  They don't suspend the dividend but when they need to husband cash, they will provide a minimal dividend increase.  When cash flow is more robust, Chevron shares it with its share holders.

Lastly, Chevron's D/E ratio is a mere .2855 which is quite low for a company that needs a lot of money to do their work.

Selling CVX Call


Today, Chevron is trading above $114 so I am finally in the money of this latest lot.  I sold a call today that varies a little from my routine.  I selected a June 15, 2018 expiration date.  This is about 10 days longer than I usually go out.  My reason is to get the May Dividend.  May's ex-dividend date has not yet been announced but it should be about May 17 and the May call expires May 18.  Therefore, I selected the June expiration.

See the table below for the trade details.



I intend to stay long CVX but it is not the only oil company I have in my portfolio so I don't want too much.  Overall, I am encouraged by a few articles in the Wall Street Journal today about the strength expected in the price of oil which will help CVX and my other oils.

If the call buyer does take my extra share, that is fine with me.  I love a greater than 12% gain in under 120 days.

M* MoneyMadam
Disclosure:  Long CVX with calls

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