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Issue 46 – Superior Surprises to The Upside

The 3rd quarter (3Q) has historically been a weak quarter, as a majority of the company’s business activity is seasonal in nature. However, Superior Plus (TSX:SPB) managed to report a strong Q3 with adjusted EBITDA of $48 million, well above the street’s consensus estimate of $35 million. Disclaimer: Palos Funds are shareholders of SPB.   […]

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Issue 45 – Out of Favor, But Far from Out

It does not take a genius to know that the energy sector is out of favor. Oil & gas producers and midstream companies are currently bearing the brunt of it. Midstream companies usually have long term take-or-pay contracts with customers and provide product marketing. Disclaimer: Palos Funds are shareholders of KEY.   By Charles Marleau, […]

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Issue 44 – Happy Halloween!

Dear Clients, Charles and Joany were unable to write their commentary this week as Charles has been travelling to Toronto. Their column will resume next week. However, please note that Hubert’s “Macro View” has been updated. We hope you have a fun Halloween! Chers clients, Charles et Joany ne publierons pas de commentaires cette semaine […]

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Issue 43 – Canadian National Railway Strong as Nails

Earnings season is back at the forefront and one of the Canadian bellwether stocks reported on Tuesday night. Canadian National Railway (TSX: CNR) reported in-line 3Q 2019 results which were driven by cost cutting and lower taxes. However, they are reducing their guidance from low double digit to high single digit EPS growth. The company […]

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Issue 42 – CCL Industries: A Value Stock?

CCL Industries Inc (TSX: CCL.B) supplies manufacturing services and specialty packaging products like labels, tubes for pharmaceutical and cosmetic products, and containers. The company has a very impressive history of making accretive acquisitions. Since its last acquisition, CCL.B has brought down its net debt to $1,755, bringing its net debt/EBITDA multiple down to 1.6x. With […]

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Issue 41- Maple Leaf: A Plant-Based Protein Company?

If you never heard of Beyond Meat or Impossible Foods, you’ve probably been living under a rock. Plant -Based Protein (PBP) has been making a lot of noise in the food industry and its popularity is growing rapidly. The fast food and grocer industries are all entering the market. There are many indications that meat […]

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Issue 40- Tricon Bites the Bullet

On June 11, 2019, Tricon Capital Group (TSX: TCN) closed on their US$1.4 billion acquisition of 23 U.S. Sunbelt buildings, containing 7,300 units from the Starlight U.S. Multi-Family Core Fund. For this transaction, the company issued Starlight 50.78 million shares and assumed US$916 million in debt to complete the purchase. A portion of the shares […]

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Issue 39 – Is Stelco a steel?

Stelco Holdings Inc (TSX: STLC) produces flat-rolled steel products for the construction, automotive, and energy industries. The company has fallen out favor and the stock is now trading at new lows, far from its IPO price of $17. There are many political and economic reasons why the stock is trading at these levels. The market […]

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Issue 38 – Northland Power Trading Opportunity

On September 9th, 2019, Northland Power Inc (TSX: NPI) announced that they are buying a Colombian power facility for $1.1 billion. NPI is funding the acquisition with equity and debt. The $315 million of equity was raised by a public offering of subscription receipts. This means that the subscription receipts will trade as receipts until […]

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Issue 37 – Boardwalk is back on The Monopoly Board

Boardwalk Real Estate Investment Trust (TSX: BEI-U) is a real estate company. The company acquires and manages multi-family residential projects throughout Canada. Multi-family residential REITS have been one of the best performing asset classes on the TSX this year. The two main reasons for this outperformance are low interest rates and population growth via record […]

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Issue 36- Travel Message

Charles and Joany were unable to write their commentary this week as Charles has been in meetings in Toronto while Joany was attending a conference. Their column will resume next week.   Charles et Joany ne rédigerons pas de commentaires cette semaine puisque Charles est en déplacement à Toronto et Joany en conférence. Vous pourrez […]

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Issue 35- Whitecap’s Dividend Just Got Stronger

Investors have been ignoring energy stocks for the past few years. This has created one of biggest buyer strikes in history. Energy stock prices have fallen to the point where companies are not able to access capital markets to fund their growth. This means that energy companies need to adapt to a new reality. Unfortunately, […]

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Issue 34- Pembina Makes the First Move

Canadian energy is ready for consolidation, as the first transaction was announced on August 21st,2019. Palos is expecting many more consolidations in the coming months, as evaluations have hit all time lows. I’m of the opinion that the stronger energy companies, pension plans, activists, and private equities are all looking at this space.   Disclaimer: […]

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Issue 33- Savaria Is Recovering from The Garaventa Indigestion

It has been almost 1 year since Savaria’s (TSX:SIS) acquisition Garaventa Lift took place. The business was acquired based on an annual $8.3 million EBITDA. In the first six months following the acquisition, Garaventa delivered $5.3 million EBITDA, also including a seasonally weak Q1. Their EBITDA margin also improved from 7.5% in 1Q19 to 9.5% […]

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Issue 32- Badger Slips on Wet Weather

Badger Daylighting Ltd. (TSX: BAD) reported a disappointing Q2. However, the miss can be blamed almost entirely on bad weather. The Great Lake, Midwest and Ohio Valley regions experienced higher than average precipitation levels. Unfortunately, it led to revenue and operating inefficiencies and scheduling issues. The good news is that this seems to be an […]

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