Why Is Hawaiian Electric Industries (HE) Stock Down 23% Today?


  • Hawaiian Electric Industries (HE) stock is falling on an investor update.
  • The company provided shareholders with its plans following the Maui wildfires.
  • That includes the suspension of its quarterly dividend to conserve cash.
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Hawaiian Electric Industries (NYSE:HE) stock is decreasing on Friday after the company provided investors with an update after the Maui wildfires.

According to a press release from the company, it’s taking certain actions in response to the wildfires. Unfortunately, some of this news isn’t being well received by investors, which explains the drop in HE stock today.

The first has HEI withdrawing $170 million and Hawaiian Electric withdrawing $200 million from their revolving credit facilities. The company is doing so to invest the cash proceeds in “highly liquid short-term investments.” This is part of its plan to strengthen its balance sheet and improve liquidity.

To go along with this, Hawaiian Electric Industries announced that it is suspending its quarterly cash dividend. This is another move to ensure its long-term success. However, it will still pay the required September dividend to shareholders.

How This Affects HE Stock on Friday

Following these announcements, shares of HE stock are seeing strong trading early on Friday morning. As of this writing, close to 1.5 million shares have been traded. That’s a decent amount of movement before markets open, considering its daily average trading volume is around 3.9 million shares.

HE stock is down 22.9% as of Friday morning and down 71.7% since the start of the year as of Thursday’s close.

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