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The website explains how distributable cash flow (DCF) is defined and why it is important to analyze it and derive a sustainable measure of DCF. Results reported by master limited partnerships (MLPs) are analyzed. comparisons of reported DCF to sustainable DCF are generated, and various coverage ratios and reports analyzing performance are generated. Simplified sources and uses of funds statements are presented to focus readers' attention on key cash flow items. The website also features general articles about MLPs and about other topics of interest to yield-focused investors.



The documents and opinions in this website are for informational and educational purposes only and should not be construed as a recommendation to buy or sell the securities mentioned or to solicit transactions or clients. The information in this website is believed, but not guaranteed, to be accurate. All content on this website is presented as of the date published, is not updated and may be superseded by subsequent market events or for other reasons Under no circumstances should a person act upon the information contained within without first conducting his/her own independent research and consulting with his/her investment advisor and tax professional as to whether such action is suitable based on the investor’s investment objectives, personal and financial situation, and specific legal or tax situation.

NLY - Methodology for Assessing Sustainability of Annaly’s 11.3% dividend yield




Author: Ron Hiram

Published: January 27, 2015


In 3 of the last 4 quarters sustainable coverage of dividends was positive. Return to positive coverage in 2Q14 and 3Q14 was achieved without increasing leverage and was almost entirely driven by the better net interest spreads. […]

NLY - Does Annaly's business model support a dividend increase?

Author: Ron Hiram

Published: August 27, 2014


The current dividend again seems to be aligned with what NLY’s basic business model can produce. Return to positive coverage in 2Q14 was achieved without increasing leverage. The 3-year trend of declining or flat dividends may finally break if net interest rate spreads hold. […]

NLY - Model for assessing sustainability of Annaly‘s dividend – 1Q14 update

Author: Ron Hiram

Published: May 18, 2014

This article applies a methodology described in my prior articles to assess whether the dividends paid by Annaly Capital Management, Inc. (NLY) are sustainable in light of the latest available information (1Q14 data) on leverage and interest rate spreads.


Methodology for Assessing Sustainability of Annaly‘s Dividend


Author: Ron Hiram

Published: April 10, 2014

In a prior article I outlined a methodology for assessing the dividend sustainability of Annaly Capital Management, Inc. (NLY). The conclusion was that a dividend of $0.35 per common share is not sustainable given NLY’s portfolio leverage and interest rate spreads as of 3Q13. I now […]

NLY - Methodology for Assessing Sustainability of Annaly‘s 13.5% Dividend Yield

Author: Ron Hiram

Published: November 21, 2013

In a prior article I outlined a methodology for assessing the dividend sustainability of a mortgage Real Estate Investment Trust (“mREIT”). I now apply this methodology to Annaly Capital Management, Inc. (NLY) and examine its dividend sustainability in light of the recent earnings report covering 3Q13.

NLY is […]