Yesterday I started a small position in software company Tableau (DATA). Tableau is offering software which is strong in data visualization. I’m using their applications myself and I’m extremely positive about the capabilities of Tableau.
As business controller I’m often working on turning data into information which supports making decissions. Tableau helps to turn data into visualized analysis which makes way more easier to understand the data than just sending some tables in Excel.
Tableau is already long on my watchlist, but I never spotted a serious dip to start a position. I’m now starting a minor position of 6 shares with a purchase price of $134,30 with the intention to increase this position in the future.
Tableau is not paying a dividend at the moment so my yearly estimated dividend income doesn’t change.
Today I purchased 5 shares of salesforce.com (CRM) at a price of $165.06. I have Salesforce on my watchlist for a really long time already and planned to buy it on a dip, but was never able to find a good moment to buy.
Because of the strong positions Salesforce has in CRM software I decided to start an initial position in Salesforce.com with the intention to increase this position further in the future.
Salesforce.com is not paying any dividend so my estimated dividend income will not change.
This week I bought 91 shares AGNC Investment Corp at a price of $17,60. AGNC is a mortgage REIT. AGNC is an internally-managed mortgage REIT which is predominantly investing in agency mortgage-backed securities.
AGNC Investment Corp is currently paying a monthly dividend of $0,18. On a yearly basis the yield is 12,3%. As a result of the 91 shares I purchased, my yearly estimated dividend income increased by $196,56.
Mortage REIT’s are a very specific investment category. Mortage REIT’s provide financing for real estate by purchasing or originating mortgages and mortgage-backed securities. mReit’s are basically earning their income by the difference between the interest they receive on the mortages or mortage-backed securities they own and the interest they pay on their loans.
Mortgage REITs often attract short term loans against a low interest rate to originate long term mortgages or buy long term mortgage-back securities. As a result mREIT’s are extremely sensitive to interest rate increases, because this will reduce the spread between the interest they receive and pay.
I own shares in REIT’s in various categories. Already for a long term I have AGNC investment corp on my watchlist to also have exposure to the mortgage REIT category.
I have to say that I consider it difficult to understand a company like AGNC. Normally when I read the annual report or other presentations of the company it’s rather easy to get an idea about what a company is doing from the brands they own, the products they produce or the list of properties they own.
In the annual report of AGNC is a list with the duration and interest rates of their assets, but I consider it difficult to see in this what the MOAT is of a mortgage REIT. AGNC is mainly investing in securities backed by single-family residential mortgages and collateralized mortgage obligations guaranteed by government agencies Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and Ginnie Mae. For this reason and their monthly payments I decided to add AGNC Investment Corp as mREIT to my portfolio.
I will enjoy their monthly payments, but I don’t expect any capital appreciation from this investment. Also I realize that rising interest rates will mean a dividend cut. To keep a balanced portfolio I will probably add another mREIT, but I doubt these will ever be among my biggest positions as mREIT’s are able to often bring high yields, but also volatile yields.
Amsterdam Commodities (Acomo) announced a decrease of their final dividend from €0,70 to €0,60. As a result my yearly estimated dividend income is decreasing by €4,50.
The full year dividend is now €1,00 instead of €1,10.
The net profit declined from €32.5 to €31.1 mainly due to the increase of declining commodities prices.
Yield on cost will now be 3,94%. This is the first dividend decrease this year. I keep Acomo in my portfolio as the change in net profit is modest. Nevertheless I will be cautious with the next profit report to monitor if I need to change my position from ‘hold’ to sell.