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Q: I hold TTD In a growth focused portfolio at a small profit but looking for more torque. Would you swap it out for AT?

Same situation for a position with ECN and adding those funds to small positions of DND and EGLX.

Read Answer Asked by Rick on October 20, 2021

Q: HI 5i, What are your thoughts regarding this company? A couple of months ago this company sold 2billion dollars of shares to another company. With the funds they were going to pay out a special dividend of $7.50 per share to shareholders. I would like to know when I will receive this dividend?
Look forward to hearing from you.

Read Answer Asked by Bob on October 07, 2021

Q: Hi 5i Team - I have shares of ECN in both my non-registered and TFSA accounts. Could you tell me if the special dividend of $7.50 will be treated by Revenue Canada as a regular dividend by a Canadian corporation. If so then there will be a percentage added to the amount of dividend for total income purposes which could affect my marginal tax rate. Is it better then to move the non-registered shares into my TFSA (in spite of the dividend tax credit) which will trigger a capital gains of 50% of the profit. Thanks as always for the great service!

Read Answer Asked by Rob on September 24, 2021

Q: Hi,
In respect to the question from Brad in regards to small caps, you responded as:

"We have seen some studies showing the group is cheap (relatively) than it has been in 10 years. The 4Q is often good for the sector.

Could you name 3 to 5 small cap stocks that you would recommend?

Read Answer Asked by ilie on September 16, 2021

Q: In Dan's comment on Aug.13/21 he quotes some earnings and growth numbers that show the remaining part of ECN have both value and some pretty good growth numbers { Triad 72.5% and KG 30.6% }.... First could you confirm Dan's numbers ? And then take a stab at an estimated share price based on the remaining company and what you think of management, valuation, future growth, and whatever else you deem prudent in making such an evaluation ?

And second I realize 5I doesn't like giving weighting advice so I'll explain my philosophy on it. With a company like ECN a mid cap about to become a small cap I would normally be around 1.5% .... However with the downside limited to $2.50 a share and a belief that the remaining company doesn't face that much of a downside I am willing to go 2.5% to 3% ..... So that is what I did .... But after purchase I thought " Wait a minute. After my return in cash I took less than a 1% position . " How does 5I recommend I approach the situation with my goals in mind ?

Read Answer Asked by Garth on September 09, 2021

Q: Yet another Q on ECN. Sorry. Was listening again to Hudson's interview on BNN on Aug. 11. In it Steve mentioned that he expects cash flow to grow to 120mil. a year in (relatively) short order. I was just wondering how that would look on a company that will trade (let us say) for $3.00 a share? I am imagining that there are few PF managers who could own ECN as it grew but soon won't be able to because of size and when I can hope for them to return?


Read Answer Asked by Gerald on September 09, 2021

Q: Lots of questions about this one.

One argument I've heard for why the stock isn't up on the dividend news is that the dividend isn't tax efficient for US holders, who evidently own about 40% of ECN float. That coupled with the embedded gains and worry about taxes increasing has them selling now, and the CDN demand for those shares being sold isn't enough to push the stock price higher.

If this is true, it may limit the near term opportunities even after the dividend if Americans feel burned that they didn't get a good deal out of a great deal made by ECN.

That all said, I've added to my already large position due largely to management and they're proven abilities.

My 2 cents, curious what you think.


Read Answer Asked by Cameron on August 20, 2021

Q: Good Afternoon:
Further to Allen's question on the company's valuation post $7.50 dividend, does the market's then valuation of $2.60 per share accurately or fairly value the remaining divisions of the company considering their recent performance and that some debt may be repaid?
In that context, what factors in your mind exist or what positioning or news releases can the company make to mitigate the share price dropping by the amount of the dividend.
Lastly, aside from the direction of the general market in the last week or so, do you see the recent drop in share price as over reaction?
Thank you!

Read Answer Asked by Ian on August 20, 2021

Q: Is buying ECN shares considered “dividend shopping” in light of the $7.50 special dividend announced recently.If I remember from the answers to the questions on ECN, 5i mentioned that the stock may drop by $7.50 ex-dividend. If that is the case, although not guaranteed, why would anymore consider buying ECN shares other than for the special dividend and unloading the shares a few days after unless 5i believes that the stock has some growth potential groins forward. Thank you for shedding light on this matter.

Read Answer Asked by Gilles on August 18, 2021

Q: I would like to add a few (2-4) financial companies to my non-registered investment portfolio. Would appreciate 5i's help in ranking the above names based on total return potential for a 3-5 year hold. Please add any names you feel belong to the lineup, ranked appropriately, Thank you.

Read Answer Asked by Pradeep on August 18, 2021

Q: I have a hypothetical question regarding the $7,50 distribution that will take place later this year. Assume that I bought the shares at $10 and that the distribution was a return of capital. The ROC would reduce my cost base by $7,50 to $2.50. So if the market price of the shares dropped by $7.50 to $2.50 and I sold the shares at that price I would not have any gain or loss on the sale. Apparently, if my logic is correct, I would be pocketing the $7.50 with no tax consequences. Am I missing something? Or is this the logic that would preclude this distribution from being considered a return of capital?

Read Answer Asked by John on August 17, 2021

Q: Hi there, I’ve held ECN ever since it was spun off from EFN and added to it along the way. I’ve read your comments that the stock could fall by 7.50 when the special dividend goes ex-div. So if it’s trading at 10.50 approx now and assuming it’s around same level at ex-div it’d fall to 3.00 which is close to my cost. How should proceed ie should I sell it now or buy more? Thanks
I just asked a question on ECN and whether I should buy more or sell due to probability stock may drop at the 7.50 ex-div date. So if I don’t sell and receive the 7.50/share and since I am DRIP’ing would I receive the DRIP shares based on 2.50 per share?

Read Answer Asked by Robert on August 13, 2021