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The story remains largely the same since my first buy of Seaspan
The company has already shown an inkling of what kind of dividend raises we can expect, boosting the quarterly payout by 50% in its most recent report. Moreover, Seaspan has promised a "progressive dividend policy," foreshadowing above-normal dividend growth. Such growth should lead to sizable capital gains.
The company's fleet should be completed by March 2012, and the company already has long-term contracts inked for the 11 outstanding ships. The current fleet of ships is relatively young and has an average remaining charter of seven years, providing a good amount of revenue visibility to help balance out the huge debt load carried by Seaspan.
While Motley Fool Hidden Gems took a stake in the company last year and has seen the stock run more than 80% since then, I think there's plenty more upside to come. There's no reason to anchor on price for this shipper. Seaspan is announcing earnings next week, so I'm anxious to see what the company has in store.
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Jim Royal, Ph.D., does not own shares of any company mentioned here. Motley Fool Options has recommended a write covered straddle position on Seaspan. The Fool owns shares of Seaspan. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.