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Q: Hello 5i team,

The shares of Rogers Communications are at a more attractive level these days. In your opinion, have they reached a bottom or will they continue to go down because of the expectation of lower earnings due to customer rebates? Is the company a buy, hold or sell? If one was to buy, what would be a good entry point?

Many thanks for your insight.

Read Answer Asked by Michel L on September 09, 2022

Q: Hello 5i, Could you comment as to which company is likely to buy Freedom Mobile from Shaw so that Rogers can takeover Shaw. I think Quebecor and Globalive want to purchase Freedom Mobile.

Read Answer Asked by Michael on May 24, 2022

Q: Good Morning,

I have recently retired and need to improve yield. The above noted holdings have a low yield or have not performed well.

Can you please rate from first to sell down to last to sell and possibly provide some basic reasoning.

Thanks very much.

Read Answer Asked by Dave on March 10, 2022

Q: Hello.
I have owned all 3 of BCE, T and RCI.B for years in an income-generating portfolio of dividend stocks, around 12% of the total.
Considering selling RCI.B and splitting the proceeds between BCE and T, to simplify and to capture more income from BCE and more growth from T.
Does holding RCI.B provide some "diversification" value amongst the three?
Thanks as always.

Read Answer Asked by Roman on February 02, 2022

Q: Hi Peter,

In this downtrend market could you please give your three best stocks to buy for 3 to 5 years hold in each sector in canada and US as well ?
Thank you for your best advise on this platform.


Read Answer Asked by kaushikbhai on December 10, 2021

Q: I have held BCE & RCI.b for 15 years as my Telecom Holdings (5% each of my equity portfolio). I just sold my RCI.b shares due to poor performance over the years plus the current squabble just pushed me over the edge.

Do you think Telus would make a suitable replacement for RCI.b in the Telecom space given its diversification in 5G, health, international etc. even though it doesn't own the Toronto Blue Jays or any other sports teams.


Read Answer Asked by John on October 26, 2021

Q: Lovely. This internecine 'Battle of the Board' is more fun than watching similar machinations play out on the HBO mini-series 'Succession'.

"The turmoil within Rogers Communications spilled into the public last week as Rogers’ only son, Edward, sought control of the company after being ousted as chair of the board by his mother and sisters. Now, two factions within the company’s senior ranks are fighting for dominance over the company’s future."

Read Answer Asked by Kyndryl on October 26, 2021

Q: What stocks in Canada do you believe will do well with the passing of the Infrastructure Bill and Reconciliation Bill in the USA? Please list in order of preference. Thanks.

Read Answer Asked by Christopher on September 02, 2021

Q: Hi, I have owned the three big Telcos BCE, Rogers and Telus for about four years now. Since I have owned these companies Bell and Telus have raised their dividends on an annual basis and semi annual basis as is the case with Telus. However, Rogers has not raised its dividend since January 2019. Do you have any idea why Rogers does no raise their dividend as often as BCE and Telus? Also, how would you rank the three of them in terms of preference on a total return basis where 1 is the most preferred. Many thanks.

Read Answer Asked by Anthony on May 11, 2021

Q: They are all high-paying dividend stocks, but I want to know why BCE consistently has a higher dividend. Is it because the market is reflecting that BCE doesn't have good growth prospects or are people missing something. Seems like they have at least similar prospects as Rogers (while I know Telus is doing many things outside of telecom so might deserve a higher valuation and lower dividend.)

Read Answer Asked by Eugene on April 09, 2021

Q: Hi Peter, Ryan, and Team,
Portfolio Analytics shows a 6.78% allocation for GSY. (Thanks so much for recommending this company and helping us to grow our portfolio). Would it be prudent to trim GSY, and to what level would you be comfortable with? PA also shows that we need to add some Communications Services, and we presently own only BCE. I was thinking to add some Telus or Rogers, and would appreciate your thoughts. If we go for Rogers, which one (A or B) do you recommend? Thanks as always for your insight.

Read Answer Asked by Jerry on March 22, 2021

Q: Hello 5i Team
Referencing the proposed takeover of Shaw Communications by Rogers Communications, I have the following questions:

1 – No mention of the Shaw Communications preferred shares (SJR.PR.A and SJR.PR.B) was made in the news release or presentation. Do you think they will be assumed by Rogers (i.e. similar to Cenovus takeover of Husky) or would Shaw/Rogers redeem the shares at par value at the next redemption date of June 30, 2021?

2 – Rogers will be exchanging 60 % of the SJR.A / SJR.B shares (owned by the Shaw family) into RCI.B shares, however, Rogers will not be extending this exchange to public shareholders of SJR.B. Do you think activist investors could pressure Rogers to modify their offer to allow public shareholders of SJR.B to exchange their shares of SJR.B for RCI.B [given the Shaw family controls the voting rights for Shaw Communications, I don’t see any support from Shaw family for this change otherwise it would have been part of the deal from the outset]?

3 – The exchange ratio of RCI.B to SJR shares will be 0.70. Given the cash offer price of $40.50 for SJR.B shares this would result in an equivalent RCI.B price of $40.50/0.70 = $57.85. Given RCI.B is trading 6 % higher than the conversion price [$61.57 March 15 close], would it make sense to sell my Rogers shares this week, buy additional shares of SJR and then when the transaction closes, re-purchase my desired holding of Rogers shares? I currently hold equal weight amounts of Rogers and Shaw.

4 – Could the regulators (Federal Government) require Rogers to divest its equity holding in Cogeco Communications as a condition of the deal?

Thank you

Read Answer Asked by Stephen on March 16, 2021

Q: In a G&M article it states that the takeover deal requires two-thirds approval of both the Class B (non-voting) shares and Class A (voting ) Shaw shares to complete the deal - how does that work If the Class B shares are (non-voting).
Also, the Shaw family own the majority of Class A shares who already stated they approve the deal. If the Class B shares somehow vote against the deal - does that mean - no deal?

Read Answer Asked by Reg on March 16, 2021