It's been a good run for my investment in Hi-Crush Limited Partners (NYSE:HCLP), though a bit of a roller coaster. My Special Situations portfolio first purchased the stock in September 2012 right after its IPO. After a dispute with Baker Hughes (NYSE:BHI) sent the stock reeling in November, I doubled my stake in January.
Well, both moves turned out alright. The total position is up 66% -- not bad work for about a year's investing. But now as the stock approaches my initial assessment of its intrinsic value, I've decided to sell.
In my second purchase in January, I noted "If business conditions return to normal, investors get 'un-spooked,' and the dividend grows as expected, then I think this stock has a very good chance to double reasonably quickly." That's nearly what has happened since that purchase.
Investors have come back to the stock, which was yielding more than 11% when I doubled down, and things have been going Hi-Crush's way recently. The company recently resolved its dispute with Baker-Hughes. Not only that, but they signed Baker up for a six-year contract.
And that's not all the good news for investors. The company on the most recent conference call mentioned its intention to increase the distribution at a double-digit rate shortly.
But the stock has approached what I think is a normalized yield, at 6.1%. The promised (and potentially ongoing) dividend increases are nice, but I just don't see extravagant gains from here and I have other excellent ideas for cash in my Special Situations portfolio. So I'm taking my 66% gains and moving on.
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