Getting Paid 15% in Monthly Dividends From The Growing Energy Sector

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Getting Paid 15% in Monthly Dividends From The Growing Energy Sector


Investors in high yield InfraCap MLP ETF (NYSE: AMZA) were shocked to get the news of a 36% dividend reduction. Fortunately, there is no reason to panic, and there are some good lessons to be learned from the past and future history of AMZA.

AMZA is an actively managed exchange traded fund that owns a portfolio of publicly traded master limited partnerships (MLPs). The MLP sector is known for high current yields. The AMZA management boosted the fund’s income with call options selling. A $0.52 per share quarterly dividend had been paid since the start of 2016. With the fund’s shares trading between $7.00 and $11.50 over the last two years, the result was a yield in the high teens to mid 20% range.

On Friday, January 19, the fund management company announced the dividend would be switched to a monthly payment of $0.11 per share. This lowers the annual dividend amount to $1.32 from the previous $2.04. This was a prudent move by management to keep the dividend stable as the fund continues to go through significant growth pains. Instead of going deeper into the reasons for the dividend change, I want to cover some lessons learned.

Lesson 1: An ETF is not a stock. I received a lot of questions asking if the AMZA share price would drop due to the dividend cut. That typically happens with a company cuts its dividend. However, as an ETF, the AMZA share price is not determined by investor sentiment. The share price is a mathematical calculation of the value of the portfolio divided by the number of shares held by investors. AMZA moves up and down generally along with the overall MLP sector. It does not matter to the share price whether the dividend has been cut.


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