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(B)(N) T Telus Corporation

January 26, 2013

Deal Book. Telus Corporation provides wireline and wireless services across Canada accessible to more than 95% of the population. It’s been in the Perpetual Bond™ continuously and without drama since $30 in 2009 through the current $65 for one reason and one reason alone – the ambient stock prices appear to be above the “price of risk” as estimated by the Risk Price (SF). (Please see Exhibit 1 below. Red Line Stock Price (SP) above the Black Line Risk Price (SF).) It also pays a stock dividend of $2.56 per share or more than $830 million a year to its shareholders for a current yield of 3.9% which is more than comparable to the rate of inflation.

In contrast to these services, the hedge fund Mason Capital Management LLC provides us with an inspiring picture of the Brooklyn Bridge linking the Borough of Brooklyn to Manhattan in New York City on its one page website that may be of interest to US investors with no less than $5 million and preferably more than $25 million to spend or invest.

The Bridge is not for sale, of course, but investors may be inspired by the safety and boldness of the Bridge passing from home to Wall Street to confuse the primal necessity of 100% Capital Safety and a hopeful return above the rate of inflation in our investments with the alternative of  “adventure investing” in the pursuit of a lot more, a lot sooner, by gambling on a safe passage. Please see any of our Posts on Hedge Funds Bushwhacked by Volatility or The New Voodoo in Investment Theory, January 2013.

For example, in a case of high drama and an oddly maternal complaint Mason Capital Management LLC has recently stood down (Reuters, January 25, 2013, Telus, Mason settle dispute; share plan to proceed) from its claim and litigation that the non-voting common shareholders of Telus’ Class A stock which is only listed in New York should receive less than one ordinary voting common share of Telus stock for each share that they own because, they argue, “the ordinary common shareholders” paid more for them in the first place (CNW, Vancouver, January 25, 2013, TELUS to complete share exchange Non-voting shares will be exchanged for common shares effective February 4, 2013).

Even more funny is the apparent conjoining and opportunistic position of Mason Capital Management LLC – which is said to have held 19% or $4 billion of the voting stock in early 2012 but has since sold most of it – in simultaneous long and short positions in Telus voting and non-voting shares and thus stood to benefit if  the spread between the two classes of stock widened, providing a benefit that would be paid for by the largely US owners of the non-voting shares which would then be worth less in an exchange that would appear to be ordered by the Supreme Court of British Columbia. Which, of course, it wasn’t and we would not expect otherwise.

Exhibit 1: (B)(N) T Telus Corporation – Risk Price Chart

(B)(N) T Telus Corporation

Telus Corporation is a leading national telecommunications company in Canada that provides wireline and wireless services in a nation-wide network that connects 95% of Canada’s population to its millions of customers.

(Please Click on the Chart to make it larger if required.)

Subject to the conclusion of the share exchange pro rata one-for-one, Telus’ voting shares are expected to trade on the New York Stock Exchange for the first time in February.


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