Lucent Pays a Yield of 13%
If you think that Alcatel-Lucent is a survivor, and you like high income, it may be worth taking a closer look at this investment. It is convertible into the common shares but it is far away from conversion, as the conversion share price is 24.80. Could the common go that high before 3/15/2017, the trust's maturity date? Stranger things have happened, but even if it doesn't, as long as the company stays in business, you will also make about $240 per share in capital appreciation as the stock recently traded at $760 per share. This boosts the yield even higher, giving it a yield to maturity in excess of 12.9%.
Will Alcatel-Lucent survive? The stock is trading at its cash per share, which doesn't mean much, as the company carries a huge amount of debt at $6.1 billion. On the plus side, it has the same amount of cash. Although the company has been reporting negative earnings, the operating cash flow has been running at $380 million and levered free cash flow is at $1.1 billion.
So if you are looking for an income speculation, this may be the preferred stock for you.
Author owns ALU.