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The S&P TSX “Patient Money” Portfolio

August 28, 2013

Drama. The investment firm, Raymond James, has suggested that the SNC-Lavalin Group might be a buying opportunity for “patient money” because the stock price is low ($40 today and down from $60 two years ago), the dividend yield is about 2.3%, and it seems to be overcoming many of its recent problems (The Canadian Press, August 27, 2013, SNC-Lavalin’s low share price buying opportunity for patient investors: analysts).

Moreover, the analyst points out that SNC-Lavalin has a thriving infrastructure and concessions business with investments in such “assets” as Toronto’s Highway 407 toll road, the AltaLink transmission lines in Alberta, and the Montreal super hospital, which (he thinks) should limit a further slide in the stock price sufficiently that “patient investors will be amply rewarded for buying it at current levels” (ibid, The Canadian Press, notwithstanding the past, Quebec Bureau, December 19, 2012, Montreal’s super hospital suffering from deficit, scandals).

Despite all of that, other analysts both agree and disagree but are basically of the opinion that it is “simply not tenable” that SNC-Lavalin’s shares continue trading at a substantial discount to its peers and that “nothing lasts forever, even the bad times” (ibid, The Canadian Press).

The Cheque

The Cheque
(-5%) This Year

Indeed, but before we reach for our chequebook, we need to consider that nothing that the company has done, left undone, or not done, or owns, in the past year (and even two years) has been able to drive the stock price convincingly above the price of risk (please see Exhibit 1 below).

And that in the S&P TSX portfolio of companies, there are currently more than fifty companies with market values in excess of $2 billion that are similarly challenged, and trading below their price of risk, and their aggregate return (before dividends) is minus (-5%) so far this year (please see Exhibit 2 and 3 below).

The Fruits

The Fruits
+50% This Year

Which return can be fruitfully compared to a simple buy and hold portfolio of forty companies that are in the Perpetual Bond™ and have returned a staggering +50% (plus dividends) so far this year, and will not return less than that for the rest of it (with reasonable care).

And this portfolio is obviously patient, but not in need of yet further convalescence.

Exhibit 1: (B)(N) SNC-Lavalin Group Incorporated – Risk Price Chart

(B)(N) SNC SNC-Lavalin Group Incorporated - August 2013

(B)(N) SNC SNC-Lavalin Group Incorporated – August 2013

SNC-Lavalin Group is an engineering and construction group and a major player in the ownership of infrastructure, and in the provision of operations and maintenance services.

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

The stock is trading today at $40 but has a downside of minus ($4) per share due to the demonstrated volatility. We would neither be surprised nor grateful for any price between $36 and $44, and it’s trading below the current Risk Price (SF) of $46 in the “trading zone of investor uncertainty“.

Exhibit 2 below is our standard “Cash Flow” summary for portfolio investments. In this, case, there is nothing in the Perpetual Bond™ other than a few companies that we bought and sold late last year, leaving $238,000 in the Cash account. However, the Companies line buys all the eligible companies on the same basis, and all fifty-three of them (in blocks of 1,000 shares each at a current market price) cost $1,235,000 in December and is worth $1,179,000 today for a loss of (-5%). And we didn’t have to do anything.

We also note that if we continue to do nothing but patiently wait for the companies to trade above their stop/loss prices (please see Exhibit 3 below), we could still lose another minus (-10%) should something “bad” happen to the entire market.

Of course, nothing bad will last forever – we’ll just get used to it.

Exhibit 2: S&P TSX “Patient Money” Portfolio – Cashflow – August 2013

S&P TSX Patient Portfolio - Cashflow - August 2013

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

Exhibit 3: S&P TSX “Patient Money” Portfolio – Portfolio – August 2013

S&P TSX Patient Portfolio - Portfolio - August 2013

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

To see what else real risk averse investing has done for us this year, please see our recent Posts on The S&P TSX “Hangdog” Market or The Wall Street Put or specialty markets such as The Dow Transports & Utilities.


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