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AmeriGas Partners: Is Its 8.5% Yield Sustainable? [Seeking Alpha]

AMERIGAS PARTNERS (APU)  More Company Research Source: Seeking Alpha
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PDF Summary After a disappointing 2nd quarter earnings report driven by abnormally warm weather, AmeriGas ( APU ) lowered full-year adjusted EBITDA guidance to $550 million-$580 million from $660 million-$700 million. Despite the letdown, the company showed through its increasing unit margins and improving balance sheet that its long-term prospects remain bright. With a dividend yield north of 8.5% and competitive advantages fueling its growth, APU seemingly offers a compelling opportunity to dividend investors. However, given its high leverage and dividend payout that exceeds earnings, the risks are too great for me to recommend it at this time. As the nation's largest retail propane distributor, AmeriGas possesses considerable competitive advantages that have fueled its profitable growth. First, it enjoys high switching costs as it is difficult and expensive to replace the distributor-owned storage tanks on customers' property. Second, AmeriGas' geographical diversity across [Read more]

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