Author Topic: IAM.TO - Integrated Asset Management  (Read 4404 times)

lathinker

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IAM.TO - Integrated Asset Management
« on: March 26, 2019, 02:43:13 PM »
Here is one for the folks looking at Merger Arb situations:

IAM, a Canadian asset manager, is going to be acquired by Fiera Capital (FSZ). Here is the release: http://www.globenewswire.com/news-release/2019/03/22/1759240/0/en/Integrated-Asset-Management-Announces-Agreement-to-Be-Acquired-by-Fiera-Capital.html

In essence, shareholders can choose to receive either cash or FSZ stock worth 2.576 CAD/share. If everybody opted for cash, a shareholder would receive:

1) 1.932 CAD in cash
2) 0.644 CAD worth of FSZ stock. Note that the number of FSZ shares to be received will be fixed based on the 5-day average price of the FSZ stock priot to the merger effective date, thus mitigating (though not eliminating) the market price risk on the FSZ stock.
3) potentially a special dividend for the difference between IAM  net cash balance and 10 MM CAD
4) a CVR paying the performance fees (net of incentive compensation and tax) of two real estate funds.

With IAM trading at 2.55 CAD and not taking into account the minor price risk on FSZ shares, you can buy the potential special dividend and the CVR for free. What are they worth?

3) I have not seen a definition of Net Cash Balance but I guess it will not be more conservative than "Cash & Cash Equivalents" less "total Liabilities. As of 31 Dec, this number came down to 13.2mm CAD, leaving 3.2mm CAD for distribution (0.115 CAD). They have stopped dividends and may realize some receivables, so there my be a bit of upside to this number

4) The release states that "for certain purposes of the transaction" the CVR was valued at 0.174 CAD. According to the latest annual report, unrealized performance fees stood at 10.8mm CAD. Assuming 25% of the amount to be paid to employees and a 35% tax rate, the net performace fees stand at about 5.3mm CAD or 0.19 CAD per share. Depending on performance, the fees may grow, shrink or disappear from here.


Deal risk is minimal in my view:
- small takeover by national bidder
- they need a 2/3 majority at their EGM, but management and other major holders representing 62% of the capital have committed to support the transaction
- funding not a problem

So overall, at a price of 2.55 CAD, you get the special dividend and the CVR pretty much for free - risk/reward looks good enough for a small position. Bought shares today.
« Last Edit: March 26, 2019, 02:45:28 PM by lathinker »


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Re: IAM.TO - Integrated Asset Management
« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2019, 08:01:24 AM »
Deal is about to close. Best idea in terms of risk/reward posted on this forum ytd as far as I am concerned. Now my largest position. Didn't want to bump the thread for fear of competition.

Vote was a formality, CVR valued at ~$0.174 by the company using a 10% discount rate even though the underlying assets are real estate. Insiders own a huge amount of shares and have every incentive to pay out as a large a special dividend as possible (whether they manage to do so remains to be seen - probably this week or next week). Deal is at a small premium so downside is limited. And the best thing is that there was an enthusiastic seller the first few days after the announcement - enough for a few PA accounts to pick up a nice amount of shares around $2.56.
« Last Edit: June 17, 2019, 08:20:06 AM by writser »
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Re: IAM.TO - Integrated Asset Management
« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2019, 11:25:54 AM »
I have a big position here as well. I agree with everything posted, but would note that the CVR is a carried interest on real estate assets, not the assets themselves. So it is more leveraged to RE prices than straight real estate equity.

I like picking up stuff for free that has large potential future payouts.

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Re: IAM.TO - Integrated Asset Management
« Reply #3 on: June 17, 2019, 11:38:51 AM »
Yes, correct. What I meant to say was (see appendix H-11 / H-12 of the proxy): the $0.174 was arrived at assuming real estate is sold at prices equal to the December 2018 appraisal and then discounting that back to a present value. But were the funds to liquidate today the CVR would distribute ~$0.26 already. The $.0174 assumes no changes in real estate prices and a discount rate of 15% p.a. (not 10% as I said in my previous post) for future distributions. So you could argue the $0.174 is pretty conservative already.
« Last Edit: June 17, 2019, 11:40:33 AM by writser »
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Re: IAM.TO - Integrated Asset Management
« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2019, 12:41:21 PM »
I think from a theoretical finance perspective applying a discount rate to appraised real estate values, or in this case, a leveraged derivative of appraised real estate values is simply incorrect. The appraised value is already a present value, discounting it again doesn't make sense.

One issue with this deal that it is contingent on the adjusted cash balance of the business being above $10 million. I don't think this is a huge risk, but it's there.
« Last Edit: June 17, 2019, 01:53:35 PM by Hielko »

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Re: IAM.TO - Integrated Asset Management
« Reply #5 on: June 17, 2019, 01:26:11 PM »
Yes, correct. What I meant to say was (see appendix H-11 / H-12 of the proxy): the $0.174 was arrived at assuming real estate is sold at prices equal to the December 2018 appraisal and then discounting that back to a present value. But were the funds to liquidate today the CVR would distribute ~$0.26 already. The $.0174 assumes no changes in real estate prices and a discount rate of 15% p.a. (not 10% as I said in my previous post) for future distributions. So you could argue the $0.174 is pretty conservative already.

I agree that is conservative, just noting the leverage involved. The real estate in the funds is presumably leveraged (maybe 3:1ish?) And then there is the further leverage because of the nature of carried interest. I think the spread of possible values for the CVR is probably very wide, and I haven't tried to determine an exact value.

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« Reply #6 on: June 18, 2019, 12:02:28 PM »
I went to the special meeting on Friday. They expect to announce the special dividend (if any) by the end of this week and try to have an effective date of June 27 but there is a chance it could slip into July.

Body language suggested if there is a special dividend that it will be relatively small. I'm guessing something between 2-6 cents.

I elected all cash and it sounds like if that option was selected, it will be about 90% cash but I'm assuming they understood my question correctly.

It's also my largest position.

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Re: IAM.TO - Integrated Asset Management
« Reply #7 on: June 18, 2019, 12:15:01 PM »

I elected all cash and it sounds like if that option was selected, it will be about 90% cash but I'm assuming they understood my question correctly.


I hold IAM in an account with RBC Direct Investing and also one with Scotia iTrade. Only RBC asked me for how I wanted to receive proceeds--iTrade just asked for a vote on the deal. Anyone notice anything like that with their broker? I'm assuming if the deal is approved, iTrade will send the form to indicate whether I want cash or stock.

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Re: IAM.TO - Integrated Asset Management
« Reply #8 on: June 18, 2019, 12:30:29 PM »

I elected all cash and it sounds like if that option was selected, it will be about 90% cash but I'm assuming they understood my question correctly.


I hold IAM in an account with RBC Direct Investing and also one with Scotia iTrade. Only RBC asked me for how I wanted to receive proceeds--iTrade just asked for a vote on the deal. Anyone notice anything like that with their broker? I'm assuming if the deal is approved, iTrade will send the form to indicate whether I want cash or stock.

The deal was approved at the meeting on Friday. I think instructions were due last week on consideration. The default is 75% cash and 25% Fiera shares.
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Re: IAM.TO - Integrated Asset Management
« Reply #9 on: June 18, 2019, 12:34:25 PM »

I elected all cash and it sounds like if that option was selected, it will be about 90% cash but I'm assuming they understood my question correctly.


I hold IAM in an account with RBC Direct Investing and also one with Scotia iTrade. Only RBC asked me for how I wanted to receive proceeds--iTrade just asked for a vote on the deal. Anyone notice anything like that with their broker? I'm assuming if the deal is approved, iTrade will send the form to indicate whether I want cash or stock.

I don't think that is the case. The deadline for electing how you want your proceeds has passed (it was two days before the meeting) and if you haven't made a choice you will get the combined consideration. I'm pretty sure your other broker messed up.
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