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Q: Is there an explanation of why the 4 year revenue growth is so different between BIP.UN and BIPC? Here is the data I get from RBC Direct Investing for 2017 to 2020:

BIP.UN: 3,535.0 | 4,652.0 | 6,597.0 | 8,885.0 for a 4 year CAGR of 26%
BIPC: 1,323.0 | 1,561.0 | 1,619.0 | 1,430.0 for a 4 year CAGR of 2%

Of course the amounts are going to be different, but I expected the growth to be similar between the two. Whaaaat?


Read Answer Asked by Robert on September 20, 2021

Q: Hello 5i, I notice that comments are made as to the takeover of Interpipe IPL relating to both BIP and BIPC as the take over company's. What is the relationship of BIP and BIPC as to who really will own IPL now. Also which company BIP or BIPC would look better to invest in. I was a IPL share owner and submitted my shares for the cash option.

Read Answer Asked by Michael on September 07, 2021

Q: Hi 5-i:
Not a question,but rather a comment. I notice today that some members have written in about the results of what they have received from offering their IPL shares to Brookfield. I had 40,618 IPL shares times .250 = 10,154 exchangeable units, however, RBC direct investing showed in the activity section of my account 40,618 times .24974626 = 10,144 brookfield units. I am short 10 units times an approximate value of $ 71.00 = $ 710.00. Brookfield is using the .24974626 factor instead of the .250 that they offered. I am waiting on a resolution to the matter, but encourage others to check their account, and with their broker, and if so to express their discontent to Brookfield. They will save millions by using the incorrect multiplier. I experienced a similar problem when they spun out the BEPC shares. The announcement stated that all allocations would be rounded up, but when it didn't happen, I checked with my broker and they said that they were not allocated enough shares to do that. I recall that 5-i had some questions concerning that issue.

Read Answer Asked by BEN on September 01, 2021

Q: Can you explain to me how Option 2 is supposed to work for the IPL takeover. Option 2 is 0.25 shares of BIPC subject to proration. In the Aug. 20 group, 90% of the IPL shares were converted to BIPC for those who chose Option 2. What happens to the remaining 10%? Are they paid the equivalent of 0.25 of a BIPC, or $20/share or ?? Since I received only $18.68 for my 10% I am thinking that I did not get 0.25 BIPC equivalent. Thanks. Feel free to answer privately if you prefer.

Read Answer Asked by Earl on August 31, 2021

Q: I am confused and frustrated about the stock price movement as between BIPC and BIP.UN. Today BIPC is down approximately 1.67% while BIP.UN is up 0.60%.

BIPC recently hit a high of $100 and is now down approximately 23% from such high. Meanwhile BIP.UN is almost at its 52-week high.

I want to buy BIPC because I want to avoid the hassels preparing by tax return that BIP.UN and limited partnership brings along with it (mainly the delay of receiving the tax form from Brookfield).

My question: How do I know I am buying BIPC today at a market equivalent price to BIP.UN ? I want to avoid buying BIPC just to have it further correct while BIP.UN remains the same or increases.

The "efficiency" of the stock market is clearly lacking here and also with all the Brookfield limited partnerships vs. corporation stock variations.


Read Answer Asked by Thomas on August 31, 2021

Q: Hello 5i I own 2000 shares of IPL and am confused with the 4 options that the shares must be submitted to in the BIPC 20.00 per share takeover. My cost is 24.00 per share. I think BIPC has room to appreciate in share price and there yield is around 3.5% what do you think about BIPC as an investment. So I have to maybe report a tax loss depending on the option I pick. Could you comment on each 4 options the pro's and cons. Also what is the clarification of "Eligible Electing Shareholders Only" which is stated in option's 3 and 4.

Read Answer Asked by Michael on August 25, 2021

Q: What is the strategic value of BIPC acquiring IPL? Most pipelines have under performed (stock price performance) the past 5 years. Oil is not a growth industry. Why not buy a renewable energy name like NPI instead? Also, how significant is the deal relative to its entire portfolio? Is there anyway to get a % revenue/earnings breakdown of the industries BIPC is involved with?

Read Answer Asked by Albert on August 23, 2021

Q: Earlier this year we created an equal weighted 'balanced' portfolio of 30 Canadian companies in a non-registered account. Most were chosen from companies either covered by a 5i research report or included in a 5i model portfolio. The remainder were chosen, based on the 5i Q&A section, from what appear to be 5i sector favourites. All purchases in the portfolio are made with the intent to be long-term holds (10+ years).

Our intent is to increase our investments in the 30 companies over time. We have recently increased our positions in BIPC and MG. At this time we would like to increase our investments in 10 of the remaining 28 companies. The intent is to increase the remaining 18 in approximately 6 months. Which 10 would you add to today? Please rank them, include a small blurb explaining each choice and indicate an approximate buy price. Thanks!

Read Answer Asked by Peter on August 19, 2021

Q: Hello 5i Team

Inter Pipeline according to the TMX website has 429,219,175 Listed Shares Outstanding and 429,200,000 Total Shares (All Classes) outstanding.

Inter Pipeline according to Q2 financials has 429,200,000 shares outstanding.

Brookfield in their press release dated July 15 states the Brookfield entities own 41,848,857 shares and have an economic interest (but not voting control) through Total Return Swaps in 42,492,698 shares.

1 – Why is there a discrepancy in the shares outstanding on the TMX website and IPL’s financial statements?

2 – What is the actual number of shares that are required to be tendered to BIPC’s offer to meet the 55 % requirement set by the Alberta Securities Commission?

3 – What happens if the percentage of IPL shares tendered to BIPC offer is greater than 55 %, but less than 90 % (where BIPC can force the takeover of the remaining IPL shares)?

Thanks for all you answers during the saga of this takeover.

Read Answer Asked by Stephen on August 12, 2021

Q: Hello friends,

I own IPL:CA in my RRSP account and, since I like BIP, I would like to continue with them.

As we know, the offer is $CAD 20 or 0.25 of a BIPC:CA share subject to proration.

However, there is a fairly large price differential between BIP:US/BIP.UN:CA and BIPC:US/BIPC:CA and I would like to take advantage of that.

My plan is to tender for cash and then buy BIP:US/BIP.UN:CA.

Is there any tax impact on holding BIP:US/BIP.UN:CA (a Bermuda LP) vs holding BIPC:US/BIPC:CA (a Canadian corp) in an RRSP account e.g. withheld taxes?

Does my plan make sense?

Thank you for your valuable advice.

Read Answer Asked by Iulian on August 11, 2021

Q: Last Friday bepc was trading at 7.2% above bep.un. yet bipc was trading 19.8% above bip.un.
Why such a large price difference in bip.un and bipc and do you think they will narrow as they have done in bepc and bep.un?

Read Answer Asked by Terry on August 05, 2021

Q: Hi Peter
it was closed to $ 100 and now dropped down to $ 86
it was trading at a premium to BIP.un as the dividends are eligible for tax credit
whereas Bip.un was not
now that it corrected , and also with the take out possibility of IPL

the shares could be diluted due to the above

is a decent stock to buy for
1) generates dividends for income
2) slow appreciation for capital gains with safety of capital in consideration

I have a partial position, should I wait for the competition for takeover of IPL
to settle 1st before buying more of BIPC ?



Read Answer Asked by Michael on July 22, 2021

Q: Hello 5i Team

BIPC in their July 19 press release quoted the Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) report that recommends IPL shareholders vote for the BIPC offer to purchase IPL.

Is the ISS report available to general investors? From what I read on ISS website (buried under the Press Center page), ISS reports are not made public, nor does ISS issue press releases.

Is BIPC being disingenuous in touting the ISS report, when small investors are not able to review the ISS report and make their own decision on whether to accept the recommendations of ISS and vote on the BIPC takeover?

Thank you

Read Answer Asked by Stephen on July 22, 2021

Q: Hello 5i Team

With respect to the ongoing take-over/merger of IPL by BIPC/PPL, I have the following questions:

1 – There appears there is a time lag of 22 days from the filing date of BIPC “Notice of Variation” to the meeting date (i.e. third Notice of Variation filed July 15 to proposed meeting date of August 06). Is this a stipulated regulatory

2 – If the required notice period is 21 or 22 days, then is it correct that PPL would NOT be able to revise its offer of 0.5 shares of PPL for each IPL share prior to BIPC meeting date?

3 – At current prices, for BIPC/IPL/PPL, who is buying/selling IPL in the market?

If an IPL purchaser would want to vote for the BIPC offer, they could buy shares of BIPC cheaper than the equivalent amount of BIPC they would receive in the BIPC offer.

If an IPL purchaser would want to vote for the PPL offer, they could buy shares of PPL cheaper than they could buy equivalent amount of IPL shares.

It would make sense for existing shareholders (from prior to announcement) to hold and wait for the results of the bidding war unless one wants cash from either proposal.

4 – What are 5i thoughts on who will ultimately win this takeover battle?


Read Answer Asked by Stephen on July 16, 2021

Q: Hi 5i team,
I have been holding onto IPL, and hoping to unload it at maximum value when the battle between PPL and BIPC is 'done'. Do you think we are there yet? I plan to move the funds away from the energy sector so I'm not looking to pick up PPL shares.
Thank you,

Read Answer Asked by Ian on July 15, 2021