SO Dividend Type Payments

Southern Co dividend

Although SO has no upcoming (meaning, Board-approved and announced) dividends, you can sell covered calls on Southern Co 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):

Southern Co (SO)
Bid Ask Last Change Volume P/E Market Cap
54.78 55.79 54.98 -1.00 4.3M 17 58B

SO Dividend-Like Income Using Covered Calls

With SO at 54.98, 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% 1.65 0.5
5% 2.75 0.8
10% 5.50 1.5

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 SO Using Covered Calls
Expiration Strike Call Bid Days Cents/Day Upside Potential
Jul 5 56.00 0.14 10 1.4 0.21 (0.4%)
Jul 12 56.00 0.29 17 1.7 0.21 (0.4%)
5% Yield On SO Using Covered Calls
Expiration Strike Call Bid Days Cents/Day Upside Potential
Jul 5 56.00 0.14 10 1.4 0.21 (0.4%)
Jul 12 56.00 0.29 17 1.7 0.21 (0.4%)
10% Yield On SO Using Covered Calls
Expiration Strike Call Bid Days Cents/Day Upside Potential
Jul 12 56.00 0.29 17 1.7 0.21 (0.4%)
Jul 19 56.00 0.41 24 1.7 0.21 (0.4%)

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