J.C. Penney (JCP) suspended its dividend May 15, 2012.
0.00% Oct 30, 05:01 PM
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NM EPS -$2.50
No Payout Increase Last Year
No Ex-Dividend Dates
Have Been Scheduled

JCP - Upcoming Dividend Payouts
Next Ex-Dividend Date None

Amount Declare Date Ex-Dividend Date ▲ Record Date Pay Date Payout Type
No Upcoming Dividend Dates
JCP has not yet officially announced its next dividend payout.

JCP - Dividend Yield & Stock Price History
Current Dividend Yield 0.00%

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JCP - Dividend Payout History
Current Annual Payout $0.00

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Dividend.com DARS Rating™ Breakdown for JCP

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JCP - Dividend Growth History

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JCP - Historical Annual Dividend Data & Growth
Payouts Increasing For No Payout Increase Last Year

Payout Amount Calendar Year Annual Growth
$0.4000 2012 -50.0%
$0.8000 2011 0.0%
$0.8000 2010 0.0%

JCP - Historical Dividend Data
Payouts Increasing For No Payout Increase Last Year

Payout Amount Declared Date Ex-Dividend Date Record Date Pay Date ▼ Qualified Dividend? Payout Type Frequency
$0.2000 2012-03-23 2012-04-05 2012-04-10 2012-05-01 Yes Regular Quarter
$0.2000 2011-12-07 2012-01-06 2012-01-10 2012-02-01 Yes Regular Quarter
$0.2000 2011-09-16 2011-10-05 2011-10-10 2011-11-01 Yes Regular Quarter
$0.2000 2011-05-20 2011-07-06 2011-07-08 2011-08-01 Yes Regular Quarter
$0.2000 2011-03-24 2011-04-06 2011-04-08 2011-05-02 Yes Regular Quarter

J.C. Penney (JCP) - News

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    The start of 2014 has been anything but smooth, as investors have had to deal with a big sell-off after last year's insatiable bull run. For those that still remain bullish on the market, this has been a good opportunity to do a little bargain hunting and find positions that have presented enticing entry points. For dividend investors, it is important to ensure that you do not fall into a value trap, as they become more prevalent after a sell-off or correction like we have seen so far this year.

    What Is a Value Trap?

    A value trap comes in the form of a stock or security whose price is down for legitimate reasons, but investors mistake it for a good bargain or a value play. When dividends enter the mix, it can be much easier to fall into the trap, as a depressed price will lead to a higher yield for the stock.  J.C. Penney (JCP) was a perfect example of a value trap back in 2012 and 2013, when the stock burned famed investor Bill Ackman.

    JCP Value Trap

    How to Avoid a Value Trap

    Like we have stressed before, doing your homework on a stock is the best way to avoid any investing issues, such as a value trap. When you see a stock with a particularly attractive yield (especially if it is higher than most of its competitors), it is time to take a look behind the curtain and find out exactly why the dividend is what it is. Another red flag can come from a payout ratio of a stock. A high payout ratio can be a sign that a company is using too much of its earnings on its dividend and that the yield may be unsustainable (note that this does not apply to MLP or REIT investments). Keep a close eye on the cash growth of a firm as well; when cash flows are dipping and the dividend remains the same or is even raised, that can be a sign that a firm is supporting an unsustainable yield. Also, little cash on hand is a point of concern; a high dividend means nothing if a company does not have enough cash on hand to fulfill its obligations. Keep an eye out for potential value traps, especially in periods of corrections like we have seen in the formative stages of 2014. As always, diligent and careful research is the best way to ensure that you are making sound investments and avoiding issues like a value trap. Be sure to check us out on Twitter @dividenddotcom.

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  • Sometimes, Even Wall Street Pros Can't Avoid the Value Trap (JCP)

    Dividend value traps abound this day and age, with many formerly strong companies seeing their prices plunge, creating dividend value traps. Here's a story of one Wall Street pro who got sucked into the fray.

    What are Dividend Value Traps?

    Dividend value traps often prey on dividend investors seeking high dividend yields. Although many companies who offer dividends are well-established, successful companies, some others in serious decline only appear to be solid yield plays. Many of these yields will seem "too good to be true." One sign that a certain stock is a value trap is when the company is offering a yield much higher than other companies in the same industry. As a stock's price falls, its dividend yield increases, creating a false illusion of an attractive investment. Dividend traps can also occur when earnings or cash flow decline, and the dividend yield remains high. Without adequate funds, a company will have a hard time paying their dividend obligations. It is important for investors to always remember that companies can adjust their dividend payment amounts at any given time. One such value trap is J.C. Penney (JCP) , whose quickly plunging share price attracted a particularly famous investor a couple of years ago.

    Enter Bill Ackman...

    Bill Ackman is the CEO of hedge fund Pershing Square Capital Management. He earned both his Bachelor’s Degree and MBA from Harvard. In 1992, Ackman co-founded Gothham Partners, which had more than $500 million in assets by 1998. He later founded Perishing Square in 2004, which acquired positions in Wendy's International (WEN) , McDonalds Corporation (MCD) , J.C. Penny (JCP) , General Growth Properties Borders Group (GGP) , Fortune Brands (FO-A) , Ceridian Corp, and Alexander & Baldwin (ALEX) . The hedge fund is run as an activist fund, investing in few companies and seeking to force them to change for the better.

    Ackman's investment in J.C. Penney

    J.C. Penney, which was founded in 1906, began as a small chain store, which was typically located in smaller downtown areas. As the chain expanded and became more popular, it began to open in shopping malls, seeing great success. JCP also innovated some new retail practices, and was one of the first stores that allowed customers to make purchases over the phone. In 1996, they were also one of the first companies to offer products online. In 2004, Myron Ullman III became the new CEO of the company, and revenues began to fall after a couple years. Revenue declined 15% in four years, going from $19.9 billion in 2007 to $17.3 billion in 2011. During the same time period, earnings declined from $1.1 billion to a loss of $152 million. In the last five and a half years, JCP's stock price declined by almost 80% from its all-time highs of $85 to around $17 today. On the contrary, shares of lead competitors including Macy's (M) , Target (TGT) , and Wal-Mart (WMT) were mostly flat during the same period. In October 2010, Ackman's hedge fund took a 16.5% stake in JCP, which was already on a steep decline. By the second quarter of 2012, the hedge fund increased its stake to 17.87%, totaling 39,075,771 shares. Despite the company's underperformance, Ackman has always had an optimistic attitude regarding JCP. The stock initially rose on news of Ackman's investment, but wouldn't be buoyed for too long. After posted weak quarterly results and suspending its dividend, JCP plummeted in May 2012, falling from $36 to $26, reaching Ackman's average cost basis of about $26 per share. The stock has continued to pull back substantially form those levels, but Ackman simply noted "we're going through an extreme makeover."

    Losses Mounting

    Based on Ackman's $26 cost basis, he's now down more than 33% on his investment with JCP. Earlier this month, JCP posted a quarterly loss of 93 cents per share on revenue of $2.9 billion. These results badly missed analysts' view for a 7 cent loss on $3.2 billion in revenue. Even worse, the company said the same-store sales plunged an almost unheard-of 26% in the period.

    The Bottom Line

    Even the most successful investors get sucked into value traps sometimes. The final chapter on Ackman's JCP investment is yet to be written, but so far the investment looks like a bad one. For regular investors, a bad investment like JCP can be devastating, unlike Ackman, who manages billions of dollars. Be sure to visit our complete recommended list of the Best Dividend Stocks, as well as a detailed explanation of our ratings system here.

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