RCL Dividend

Royal Caribbean Cruises dividend

Although RCL has a dividend of 0.70 with an ex-dividend date of Mar 6, you can sell covered calls on Royal Caribbean Cruises 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):

Royal Caribbean Cruises (RCL)
Bid Ask Last Change Volume P/E Market Cap
115.50 118.25 117.97 +0.75 1.3M 14 25B

RCL Dividend-Like Income Using Covered Calls

With RCL at 117.97, 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% 3.54 1.0
5% 5.90 1.6
10% 11.80 3.2

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 RCL Using Covered Calls
Expiration Strike Call Bid Days Cents/Day Upside Potential
Feb 22 123.00 0.08 8 1.0 4.75 (4.0%)
Mar 1 125.00 0.17 15 1.1 6.75 (5.7%)
5% Yield On RCL Using Covered Calls
Expiration Strike Call Bid Days Cents/Day Upside Potential
Feb 22 122.00 0.16 8 2.0 3.75 (3.2%)
Mar 1 124.00 0.26 15 1.7 5.75 (4.9%)
10% Yield On RCL Using Covered Calls
Expiration Strike Call Bid Days Cents/Day Upside Potential
Feb 22 121.00 0.30 8 3.8 2.75 (2.3%)
Mar 1 122.00 0.57 15 3.8 3.75 (3.2%)

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