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Q: These units are down > 60% today after an announcement that the company is doing a debt exchange and suspending cash distributions on preferred shares. I find this very surprising as the units have been steadily going up and were trading at above par prior to the announcement. Doesn't the market typically anticipate such things (i.e. if there was any reason to believe the distribution would be cut or suspended, the units would not be trading anywhere close to par). Any thoughts on this, especially given that Brookfield owns the common shares and the debt but not the preferred? Where does that leave preferred unit holders? Would it be prudent to simply take my loss and exit the position? Thanks.

Read Answer Asked by Nick on July 30, 2021

Q: Peter,

What research source or service would provide a full listing of Cdn pref shares including credit rating, type of preferred, dividend plus any redemption terms? Sedar is too cumbersome for this.

Thanks

Paul

Read Answer Asked by paul on June 18, 2021

Q: Peter,

Yesterday you answered my question on the Loblaws preferred stock. You gave different redemption dates. Where do you get this info? Where is the best place for a DIY person to find it?

Thank you,

Paul

Read Answer Asked by paul on June 16, 2021

Q: Peter,

Is SEDAR the only sure fire source for call dates on pref shares? I find the company's own website does not always make it clear. I find L.Pr.B a bit of an oddity. It is yielding 5% with a call date of June 2024 from what I can see. Most p/s are now yielding less than 5%. Is this with this issue because of the duration of time to call?

Thank you

Paul

Read Answer Asked by paul on June 15, 2021

Q: I'm not really a preferred share investor because I don't really understand the various nuances of them. I understand the difference between perpetual, reset, etc but not the finer points.... And I only bought them because no one knew what was going to happen with the Covid crash and I happened to be 30% in cash ..... My reasoning was if the blue chips can't cover their preferred dividends it's the end of the world and I may as well head down to the harbour, steal a tugboat { I'm a retired tugboater } a barge full of beer and head north with a fishing pole ..... My preferreds have returned 70% plus dividends for me and I am thinking of exiting . My problem is they keep rising and I don't understand why . BAM.PR.B was over $18 in 2018 and currently yields 3.1% at a considerably lower price ..... ENB.PR.H is not nearly as far off of it's 2018 price so I'm guessing there are differences between the two in spite of the fact they are both " resets " ..... I'm planning on selling both but there is no rush . So the question is why the rise ? Is there current potential to for BAM.PR.B to return to 2018 prices or even rise more at all ? ......And why is there so much of a difference in 2018 to today's prices between the two preferreds ?

Read Answer Asked by Garth on June 08, 2021

Q: in a follow up to my question on the above which i asked yesterday and you quickly responded to there was an announcement last night regarding the dividend rate for the next 5 years...my question today is the news release says "If declared "...does this mean that they may still redeem the preferreds or am I to assume the prefs will live for another 5 years....and assuming BAM is successful in taking over BPY then these shares would become a liability of BAM providing a credit rating boost...Correct ??...please deduct whatever credits are applicable and thanking you in advance for your response...Cheers

Read Answer Asked by Cam on June 02, 2021

Q: I am looking for some insight to help me understand how the market is currently pricing preferred shares. I had a position in CPD from 2015 to 2020 when I dumped it out of frustration. During that period it seemed that when interest rates were forecast to go up the preferreds would go down because investors would focus on the lower relative yields. If rates were forecast to drop the preferreds would still go down because then investors would focus on the reset aspect. It was an investment that provided the worst of both worlds!

I still hold a couple of preferreds including some fixed perpetuals such as POW.PR.D and RY.PR.P which despite everyone’s expectation of rising interest rates are both hitting new all-time highs now. It’s all just too perplexing for me. Any explanation?

Read Answer Asked by Steven on June 02, 2021

Q: Hello 5i Team
Further to Cam’s question on June 01 regarding BPO.PR.C and related BPO.PR.N
Brookfield Office Properties announced (see Brookfield Property Partners website) at days end on June 01 the new reset dividend rate.
For the readers information, the reset rate is usually stipulated in the prospectus as being set at end of business day 30 days before the reset date. Some companies are very prompt in issuing news releases for preferred reset issues and some are not!
Why do you think Brookfield did not redeem the BPO.PR.C issue? At the new reset rate of 6.117 %, I would have thought BAM/BPY would have been able to raise debt at much lower rate, considering BAM raised debt at sub 3 % in April 2021. Or was this a case of in-opportune timing, with the preferred share issue being available for redemption prior to the closing of the BAM/BPY takeover?
Thanks

Read Answer Asked by Stephen on June 02, 2021

Q: I currently own some of these shares and am trying to find out if they are being called at the end of June when they are subject to the 5 year rate reset...are you able to tell me if an announcement to that effect has been made yet and if not provide a good website where I would be able to ....I monitor the BPY news releases but have seen nothing yet...the date of the meeting for BAM. to acquire BPY is after the reset date and not sure if a redemption call could be made prior to the meeting...any insights you could provide would be much appreciated...many thanks

Read Answer Asked by Cam on June 01, 2021

Q: TRP.PR.J is being redeemed at the end of this month. I own share in this security. I would like to reinvest in another minimum rate reset preferred share. Can you provide some suggestions please?

Read Answer Asked by Robert on May 27, 2021

Q: TRP.PR.J is being redeemed at the end of this month. Are there any signs or warnings that a company may be redeeming their preferred shares? I would prefer not to invest in a particular preferred share if it is being redeemed in near future unless redemption is at a premium to current market value.

Read Answer Asked by Robert on May 26, 2021