Compare Class A Shares of Split-Share Corporations
This table is used to compare the class A shares of split share corporations. In the Canadian Market there are 4 major issuers of these types of shares ( Brompton Funds , Strathbridge Asset Managment, Quadravest Capital Managment and Middlefield Funds )
The main features of a Split share corporation are:
- It exists for a defined period of time.
- Some type of covered call option strategy is used to further increase profits.
- Its main goal is to transform the risk and investment return of a basket of shares of conventional dividend-paying corporations into the risk and return of the two or more classes of publicly traded shares in the split share corporation.
- The number of preferred shares issued is equal to the number of the class A shares issued by this corporation.
- The preferred shares offer relatively high and secure yield. Priority is given to the preferreds over the capital shares in the payment of dividend income and in the eventual return of the full initial price of the shares.
- The capital shares pay a dividend like the preferred shares( As long as the NAV is above the Threshold as defined by the split-corp). Additionally the shares offer participation in the leveraged capital gains/losses of the underlying basket of conventional shares.
- The preferreds and class A shares of a split share corporation are independently tradeable and have a very different risk profile. Dividends on Class A shares are not paid once the NAV is below the threhold and unit price suffers great declines.
The metrics used in the compare table below include
- Price: The price of the class A share
- Monthly Dividend Amount: Amount to be paid each month, assuming the ‘Net Asset Value’ is above the ‘NAV Threshold’
- Variable Dividend: If the dividend is fixed or varies. Sometimes the issuer uses a formula to calculate the dividend before each pay resulting in a different amount with each payment.
- Current Yield: Yield based on todays price
- Target Yield: Yield at initial offering of the security
- Class A NAV: The Net Asset Value for the Class A (Capital) share as calculated by the issuer. Compare this to the current price to determine if its mispriced.
- Net Asset Value: The sum of (NAV of the preferred + NAV of the common). At regular intervals the issuer publishes the NAV of the preferred and Class A shares. I add the two together to come up with the Net Asset Value to the split share.
- NAV As Of Date: This is the date the issuer last published the NAV of the preferred and Class A shares.
- NAV Threshold: The dividend on the common share is only paid if the ‘Net Asset Value’ is higher than “NAV Threshold”.
Class A shares don’t pay dividends if the Net Asset Value of the split-corporation is less than the threshold value. I have highlighted the ones in this category with pink background color.
Nav Threshold Issues
PIC.A does not have a Defined Threshold. See PIC.A Details Page for detailed explanation. I Use $14.99 instead so it can rank with the compare tool.
|Name||Symbol||Price||Monthly Dividend Amount||Variable Dividend||Current Yield||Target Yield||Total Class A Distributions||Total Distributions||Issuer|
|Big_Pharma_Split_Corp||PRM||$14.10||$0.103||N||8.77%||8.25%||$5.76||$7.82||Harvest Portfolios Group|
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|Name||Symbol||Price||Monthly Dividend Amount||Variable Dividend||Current Yield||Target Yield||Combined Net Asset Value||NAV As Of Date||NAV Threshold||Class A NAV Estimate||Class A NavToPrice Deviation||Total Class A Distributions||Total Distributions||Issuer|
Split-Corp share information
Additional Split-Corp information is available here
- What is a split share fund by Brompton Funds on youtube.
- Split share corporations explained by Passive Income Investing on youtube.
Both of these videos are a good start for you to decide if this is the type of investment vechicle you are comfortable with.