EHC Dividend

Although EHC has a dividend of 0.27 with an ex-dividend date of Dec 31, you can sell covered calls on Encompass Health Corp to create 12 extra dividend type payments per year to boost its yield. Let's look at some recent prices (last updated Fri 4:16 PM ET):

Encompass Health Corp (EHC)
Bid Ask Last Change Volume P/E Market Cap
68.52 74.30 68.54 -3.50 556K - 0.0B

EHC Dividend-Like Income Using Covered Calls

With EHC at 68.54, here's a table showing how big the annual "dividend" (ie. total annual call premium received) would need to be to attain 3%, 5%, and 10% annual yields. Also shown is the equivalent number of cents/day necessary to achieve each yield:

Annual Yield Annual Premium Cents/Day
3% 2.06 0.6
5% 3.43 0.9
10% 6.85 1.9

So now we need to find out of the money covered calls that pay at least the prescribed cents/day amount of time premium. That will generate income and, because they are out of the money, leave room for some upside potential on the stock. Here are some examples:

3% Yield On EHC Using Covered Calls
Expiration Strike Call Bid Days Cents/Day Upside Potential
Jan 18 75.00 0.25 36 0.7 0.70 (1.0%)
Apr 18 75.00 1.35 126 1.1 0.70 (1.0%)
5% Yield On EHC Using Covered Calls
Expiration Strike Call Bid Days Cents/Day Upside Potential
Apr 18 75.00 1.35 126 1.1 0.70 (1.0%)
Jul 19 75.00 2.75 218 1.3 0.70 (1.0%)

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