IONS Dividend Type Payments

Although IONS has no upcoming (meaning, Board-approved and announced) dividends, you can sell covered calls on IONIS PHARMACEUTICALS to create 12 extra dividend type payments per year to boost its yield. Let's look at some recent prices (last updated Wed 4:16 PM ET):

IONIS PHARMACEUTICALS (IONS)
Bid Ask Last Change Volume P/E Market Cap
48.24 51.35 49.65 -1.37 920K - 7.0B

IONS Dividend-Like Income Using Covered Calls

With IONS at 49.65, 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% 1.49 0.4
5% 2.48 0.7
10% 4.97 1.4

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 IONS Using Covered Calls
Expiration Strike Call Bid Days Cents/Day Upside Potential
Aug 24 55.00 0.05 10 0.5 3.65 (7.4%)
Aug 31 55.00 0.25 17 1.5 3.65 (7.4%)
5% Yield On IONS Using Covered Calls
Expiration Strike Call Bid Days Cents/Day Upside Potential
Aug 24 54.00 0.10 10 1.0 2.65 (5.3%)
Aug 31 55.00 0.25 17 1.5 3.65 (7.4%)
10% Yield On IONS Using Covered Calls
Expiration Strike Call Bid Days Cents/Day Upside Potential
Aug 24 53.50 0.15 10 1.5 2.15 (4.3%)
Aug 31 55.00 0.25 17 1.5 3.65 (7.4%)

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