SO Dividend

SOUTHERN dividend

Although SO has a dividend of 0.60 with an ex-dividend date of Aug 17, you can sell covered calls on SOUTHERN to create 12 extra dividend type payments per year to boost its yield. Let's look at some recent prices (last updated Tue 4:16 PM ET):

SOUTHERN (SO)
Bid Ask Last Change Volume P/E Market Cap
46.26 46.97 46.72 +0.32 4.3M 20 47B

SO Dividend-Like Income Using Covered Calls

With SO at 46.72, 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% 1.40 0.4
5% 2.34 0.6
10% 4.67 1.3

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
Aug 17 47.00 0.11 4 2.8 0.03 (0.1%)
Aug 24 47.00 0.17 11 1.5 0.03 (0.1%)
5% Yield On SO Using Covered Calls
Expiration Strike Call Bid Days Cents/Day Upside Potential
Aug 17 47.00 0.11 4 2.8 0.03 (0.1%)
Aug 24 47.00 0.17 11 1.5 0.03 (0.1%)
10% Yield On SO Using Covered Calls
Expiration Strike Call Bid Days Cents/Day Upside Potential
Aug 17 47.00 0.11 4 2.8 0.03 (0.1%)
Aug 24 47.00 0.17 11 1.5 0.03 (0.1%)

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