Using Veritas to Construct the "Per…

29-04-2017 Hits:94611 BoomBustBlog Reggie Middleton

Using Veritas to Construct the "Perfect" Digital Investment Portfolio" & How to Value "Hard to Value" tokens, Pt 1

The golden grail of investing is to find that investable asset that provides the greatest reward with the least risk. Alas, despite how commonsensical that precept seems to be, many...

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The Veritas 2017 Token Offering Summary …

15-04-2017 Hits:85523 BoomBustBlog Reggie Middleton

The Veritas 2017 Token Offering Summary Available For Download and Sharing

The Veritas Offering Summary is now available for download, which packs all the information about Veritas in a single page. A step by step guide to purchasing Veritas can be downloaded here.

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What Happens When the Fund Fee Fight Hit…

10-04-2017 Hits:85899 BoomBustBlog Reggie Middleton

What Happens When the Fund Fee Fight Hits the Blockchain

A hedge fund recently made news by securitizing its LP units as Ethereum-based tokens and selling them as tradeable (thereby liquid) assets. This brings technology to the VC industry that...

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Veritaseum: The ICO That's Ushering in t…

07-04-2017 Hits:89999 BoomBustBlog Reggie Middleton

Veritaseum: The ICO That's Ushering in the Era of P2P Capital Markets

Veritaseum is in the process of building peer-to-peer capital markets that enable financial and value market participants to deal directly with each other on a counterparty risk-free basis in lieu...

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This Is Ground Zero for the 2017 Veritas…

03-04-2017 Hits:88435 BoomBustBlog Reggie Middleton

This Is Ground Zero for the 2017 Veritas Offering. Are You Ready to Get Your Key to the P2P Capital Markets?

This is the link to the Veritas Crowdsale landing page. Here is where you will be able to buy the Veritas ICO when it is launched in mid-April. Below, please...

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What is the Value Proposition For Verita…

01-04-2017 Hits:88176 BoomBustBlog Reggie Middleton

What is the Value Proposition For Veritas, Veritaseum's Software Token?

 A YouTube commenter asked a very good question that we will like to take some time to answer. The question was, verbatim: I've watched your video and gone through the slides. The exchange...

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This Real Estate Bubble, Like Some Relat…

28-03-2017 Hits:59312 BoomBustBlog Reggie Middleton

This Real Estate Bubble, Like Some Relationships, Is Complicated...

CNBC reports US home prices rise 5.9 percent to 31-month high in January according to S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller. This puts the 20 city index close to an all time high, including...

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Bloomberg Chimes In With My Warnings As …

28-03-2017 Hits:87766 BoomBustBlog Reggie Middleton

Bloomberg Chimes In With My Warnings As Landlords Offer First Time Ever Concessions to Retail Renters

Over the last quarter I've been warning about the significant weakness in retailers and the retail real estate that most occupy (links supplied below). Now, Bloomberg reports: Manhattan Landlords Are Offering...

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Our Apple Analysis This Week - This Comp…

27-03-2017 Hits:87309 BoomBustBlog Reggie Middleton

Our Apple Analysis This Week - This Company Is Not What Most Think It IS

We will releasing our Apple forensic analysis and valuation this week for subscribers (click here to subscribe - lowest tier is the same as a Netflix subscription). As can be...

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The Country's First Newly Elected Lame D…

27-03-2017 Hits:87656 BoomBustBlog Reggie Middleton

The Country's First Newly Elected Lame Duck President Will Cause Massive Reversal Of Speculative Gains

Note: Subscribers should reference  the paywall material here for stocks that should give a good risk/reward scenario for bearish trades. The Trump administration's legislative outlook is effectively a political desert, with...

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Sears Finally Throws In The Towel Exactl…

22-03-2017 Hits:94068 BoomBustBlog Reggie Middleton

Sears Finally Throws In The Towel Exactly When I Predicted "has ‘substantial doubt’ about its future"

My prediction of Sears collapsing once interest rates started ticking upwards was absolutely on point.

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The Transformation of Television in Amer…

21-03-2017 Hits:91350 BoomBustBlog Reggie Middleton

The Transformation of Television in America and Worldwide

TV has changed more in the past 10 years than it has since it's inception nearly 100 years ago This change is profound, and the primary benefactors look and act...

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As a quick follow-up to "Reggie Middleton on the Recent Ackman Short - Realty Income "O"", I took a look at the likelihood of O tripping their covenants in an attempt to keep the dividend intact.

Regarding Realty Income’s debt covenants - there is a bank owned credit facility of $355 million but as of July 21, 2009, the Company had no outstanding balance under it. Since, per the cash flow analysis linked above, it was observed that the Company will not face serious liquidity pressures in the next year unless the rental income declines severely (we assumed 5% consecutive decline for the next two fiscal halfs), the Company may not need to utilize the credit facility.

However, the Company is required to fulfill the debt covenants of the senior unsecured notes of $ 1,350 million. The table below summarizes the requirements under the debt covenants and the Company’s actual position as of June 20, 2009

Note Covenants




Debt to total adjusted assets should be less than 60%


Secured debt to total adjusted assets should be less than 40%


Debt service coverage ratio should be greater than 1.5x


Total unencumbered assets to total unsecured debt should be more than 150%


 Now, contrast this to the situation in the company below...

American Campus Communities Research Note

As highlighted in the 2Q09 results preview, ACC is expected to face a shortage (after considering operating cash flows, capex, debt repayments and dividend distribution) of $146 mn, $83 mn and $239 mn in 2H09, 2010 and 2011, respectively. (Detailed assumptions are enclosed in ACC 2Q-09 results preview: ACC 2Q09 results review 2009-08-12 01:25:50 110.50 Kb).  Although the company has a few alternatives with which to pull itself out of a GGP-like solvency spiral (see GGP and the type of investigative analysis you will not get from your brokerage house), we believe that all practically available options will be earnings-dilutive in some way or the other.  

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Dividend cut: Although, on its face, a dividend cut seems like the easiest way out, it would not be sufficient to make up for the entire shortfall. In addition a cut in dividend could endanger the company's REIT status and harm investor sentiment. There is the possibility of an all stock dividend announcement, but eventually even the slowest of investors will wise up to this game of dilution in the face of lessening cash flows. What cash dividend investors want more stock of a company as a dividend when said company couldn't pay its cash dividend in the first place? Unfortunately, the answer to this question could be alarming.

Additional borrowing under the existing  revolving credit facility:  During August 2009 and September 2009, ACC closed on a Revolving Credit Facility which would increase total facilities by $65 mn and $125 mn, respectively.  We believe that additional borrowing under revolving credit facilities would be the most likely scenario for ACC. However, increase in short-term borrowings could result in asset liability mismatch and result in higher interest expense for the company.  Moreover, borrowings under revolving credit facility are short term in nature and would only postpone the problems till 2011, given the expected meager cash flows in the near-to-medium term.

Refinancing with long term debt / issue of new capital : We believe that the only way ACC could avoid shortfall problems is through issue of new capital and /or assumption of additional debt. Capital markets are (in our opinion) too far away from recovery to raise additional financing on amenable terms, and even if the company manages to raise finance through this option, it would lead to dilution of existing shareholders' earnings. Issue of long debt for REIT looks highly unlikely considering dearth of demand for CMBS.

We believe that the company, apart from short term borrowing through credit facilities, will make up for the shortfall by curtailing their new development capex and through sale of few of their existing properties at distressed prices that would put pressure on earnings. It has been quite some time since the company first started marketing its properties in an effort to raise capital, and to our knowledge, they have yet to find a taker. This is a testimony to the extremely soft commercial and residential real property markets.