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(B)(N) The Canada Deal Book

February 8, 2014
He Shoots! He Scores!

He Shoots! He Scores!

Deal Book. Last year, about a dozen Canadian companies made some “bet the farm” moves in acquisitions and divestitures, looking to re-structure and set the table for a better future for themselves, their employees, the shareholders and other stakeholders, such as their customers.

For example, Brookfield Asset Management is now the biggest landlord in the Los Angeles financial district after acquiring MPG Office Trust for US$2 billion and unloaded the lumber in its U.S. Pacific Northwest to Kapstone Paper and Packaging for $1 billion and transferred 260,000 hectares of timberland in Oregon and Washington State to Weyerhaeuser for US$2.65 billion.

HBC bought Saks for $2.9 billion in September and ExxonMobil of Houston, Texas, bought Calgary’s Celtic Exploration and conventional oil & gas production and reserves for $3.1 billion; BCE Bell Canada closed the deal on Astral Media for C$3.4 billion and KingSett Capital LLC and H&R REIT carved up Primaris REIT for $1.9 billion and $3.1 billion, respectively. And Rogers outbid the CBC to land the broadcast and digital rights to the NHL for the next 12 years for $5.2 billion. And First Quantum bought Inmet and its interest in the Cobre Panama copper mine, the largest in the world, for C$5.1 billion. And Sobeys landed Safeway for $5.8 billion and Loblaws picked up Shoppers Drug Mart for $12.4 billion in cash and stock and Valeant Pharmaceuticals bought Bausch & Lomb for $8.7 billion and is now re-purchasing its own stock for $1.3 billion.

Yes, that is exactly how it was.

Yes, that was exactly how it is?

But as investors peer into the past, their volatility and co-volatility models haven’t changed yet and their earnings forecasts are all askew and unreliable, what are they to do? They sell and punish themselves with their own uncertainty.

Nevertheless, these twelve companies gained +20% and $34 billion in market value last year and added another +6% and $12 billion since December.

They also earned $7.1 billion (net of losses of $3.3 billion) and paid $4.5 billion to the shareholders for a return of earnings of 64% and an aggregate dividend yield of 2.1%; and they made 7.4% on the shareholders equity and are carrying a debt of twice that ($334 billion less $97 billion).

And one might think that they are “overvalued” at 15× to 20× earnings, and possibly even at 30× counting in the losers, but that is not that case. Please see Exhibit 1 below for our map of the fundamentals.

Exhibit 1: The Canada Deal Book – Fundamentals – February 2014

The Canada Deal Book - Funamentals - February 2014

The Canada Deal Book – Funamentals – February 2014

The "Undervalued" Canada Deal Book - February 2014

The “Undervalued” Canada Deal Book – February 2014

Nine of the companies (excluding the two REITS, Crombie and H&R, and the retailer, Hudson’s Bay Company which distinguished itself with a $2 billion loss on sales of about $4 billion) are in Perpetual Bond™ and all but First Quantum Minerals have been so for all of last year.

The reason that they are “undervalued” is that they demonstrate an excess of demand over supply at these prices, however elevated, and the real-time “test” for that is “liquidity“.

An offer to sell a large block of these stocks at the current prices will likely be taken up with glee and thank you and put no downward pressure on the price; whereas as offer to buy a large block at these prices will likely be met with resistance and the buyer might have to bid them up in order to get them.

Those are the facts and we can see from the fundamentals, as an example, that that has not much to do with [P/E]s and volatility. Please see Exhibit 2 and 3 below for the details.

Exhibit 2: (B)(N) The “Undervalued” Canada Deal Book – Prices & Portfolio – February 2014

(B)(N) The Undervalued Canada Deal Book - Prices & Portfolio - February 2014

(B)(N) The Undervalued Canada Deal Book – Prices & Portfolio – February 2014

Exhibit 3: (B)(N) The “Undervalued” Canada Deal Book – Portfolio & Cash Flow Summary – February 2014

(B)(N) The Undervalued Canada Deal Book - Portfolio & Cash Flow Summary - February 2014

(B)(N) The Undervalued Canada Deal Book – Portfolio & Cash Flow Summary – February 2014

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For more information on the chart elements and additional references to the theory, please see our Post, The RiskWerk Company Glossary.

And for more on what 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 or (B)(N) The Woods Are Burning, or for the real class actionLa Dolce Vita – Let’s Do Prada! and It’s For You, Dear on the smartphone business.

And for more stocks at high prices, The World’s Most Talked About Stocks or Earnings Don’t Matter – NASDAQ 100. And for more on what’s Working in AmericaBig OilShopping in America or Banking in America, to name just a few.


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