I bought shares of WFC in June 2016 and locked in a yield on cost (YoC) of 3.27%. After my purchase, the stock price steadily climbed until news broke about the accounts scandal in which bank employees opened accounts without customer's authorization. The stock price dropped more than 12%, then recovered nicely along with the market after Trump's election victory.
Now that WFC is trading well above my entry price, I've decided to close my position.
Bad headlines seem to be continuing for WFC as the company failed its revised living will test. Federal regulators consider WFC incapable of dismantling itself in a crisis without government intervention and are prohibiting WFC from expanding internationally and buying nonbank subsidiaries.
The scope of the accounts scandal is shocking. Bank employees opened some two million deposit accounts without authorization, creating fake PINs and e-mail addresses and even moving funds from customer's accounts, sometimes resulting in customers being charged overdraft fees. Furthermore, employees submitted applications for more than 500,000 credit card accounts without the customer's knowledge or consent. The company was fined $185 million and it fired more than 5,000 employees related to this practice.
The fallout from the scandal could cost WFC billions of dollars in revenue and trim its customer base by up to 30 percent. And the fallout could negatively impact the bottom line for years to come. Worst of all, WFC has breached the trust of its customers and has damaged its brand and reputation. Rebuilding trust and rehabilitating its brand and reputation will not be quick and easy.
Here is a price history chart of WFC showing my buy and sell prices:
|2016-06-24||Bought: 54 shares of WFC at $46.51 per share:||$||2,511.53|
|2016-09-01||Dividend on 54 shares at 38¢ per share:||$||20.52|
|2016-12-01||Dividend on 54 shares at 38¢ per share:||$||20.52|
Sold 54 shares of WFC at $54.48 per share:
I made a net gain of 18.76% on the original amount invested, or 39.6% annualized.
WFC's 52-week trading range is $43.19 - $58.02 and I'm selling near the 52-week high. According to Finbox.io, using two dividend discount models (multi-stage and stable growth) and P/E multiples analysis, WFC is worth $42.25. My sell price is about 29% above that fair value estimate, so I'm quite happy to get out here:
Closing my WFC position removes $82.08 from DivGro's projected annual dividend income (PADI), which now totals $12,135.
I'm happy to report that I've reached my end-of-year goal of increasing PADI to $12,000!
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