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Pender Corporate Bond Fund

The Pender Corporate Bond Fund is an income fund that is both conservatively managed to preserve capital, as well as opportunistic to generate returns. The Fund is focused on key credit characteristics – coverage, seniority and duration. It is driven by bottom up fundamental analysis, the Fund seeks to use its nimble size to invest in opportunities large or index based funds cannot. This advantage could provide investors with an attractive cash yield, while maintaining positions in attractively valued securities that provide a margin-of-safety for investors.

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    Pender Corporate Bond Fund - Fact Sheet - CAD
    Pender Corporate Bond Fund - Fact Sheet - USD

    Annual (POS)
    Pender Corporate Bond Fund - Fund Facts - CAD (A Class)
    Pender Corporate Bond Fund - Fund Facts - USD (A Class)
    Pender Corporate Bond Fund - Fund Facts - CAD (D Class)
    Pender Corporate Bond Fund - Fund Facts - CAD (F Class)
    Pender Corporate Bond Fund - Fund Facts - USD (F Class)
    Pender Corporate Bond Fund - Fund Facts - CAD (H Class)
    Pender Corporate Bond Fund - Fund Facts - CAD (I Class)

  • Geoff CastlePortfolio Manager

    • Geoff Castle Geoff-castle

      Mr. Castle is the Portfolio Manager of the Pender Corporate Bond Fund. He began his investing career in 2000 and has experience in both public mutual funds and proprietary investment fund management for ultra-high net worth individuals. In addition, Mr. Castle’s background includes more than five years of industry experience in trade credit and general corporate management.

      As a fixed income manager, his focus has been on seeking enhanced yield opportunities in situations where substantial margins of safety exist. In particular he has earned strong fixed income returns for clients in the recent low interest rate environment by focussing on “non-conforming” situations where yield or capital appreciation opportunities existed despite strong collateral coverage and otherwise attractive credit fundamentals.

      Mr. Castle’s philosophy in the current low yield environment involves controlling risk through careful consideration of credit duration and fixed charge coverage, and the fair valuation of each security class on an as-liquidated basis. Beyond this analytical discipline, he draws from strong industry-specific experience he has acquired from his years as a management consultant, as well as from his participation on corporate boards and advisory boards.

      Mr. Castle holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from UBC (1989) and a Master of Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario (1996). In 1996 he joined global top-tier strategy consulting firm, Bain & Co where he spent four years advising clients on issues relating to mergers and acquisitions, strategic cost analysis, and capital expenditure optimization. Bain clients included Fortune Global 500 firms in the consumer durables, retail and transportation sectors. In 2000, he was recruited to AIC Limited where he spent nearly seven years as a senior analyst and portfolio manager on a variety of mutual fund portfolios, including situations that involved portfolio manager transitions.  In 2003 he became co-manager of three international investment portfolios including the AIC Global Balanced fund which expanded by more than five-fold over his tenure and, in 2004, was the second highest returning fund out of 400 funds in this category in Canada.

      On his return to Vancouver, Mr. Castle worked at Powerex Corp., where he focused on evaluating the creditworthiness of counterparties in the North American energy industry and was active in reviewing credit provisions of high value, long-term custom energy trading contracts. Subsequently, he spent four years at the family office of a Vancouver-based high net worth individual where he managed fixed income and equity investments.

      He is a member of the CFA Institute and in 2013 and 2014 was industry mentor to the UBC team in the Institute’s Investment Research Challenge, with those teams each reaching the top 16 teams in North America.

    • Pender Corporate Bond Fund – Manager’s Commentary – September 2017

      The Pender Corporate Bond Fund returned 0.8% in September, a decent result given that the bond market showed broad-based weakness. The Fund’s short duration and positioning in discounted credits allowed us to make money in an otherwise difficult environment. Strong contributors in September included our holdings in Primero Mining Corp convertible notes as investors began to focus on possible credit upside related to indications of multiple potential bidders for the company. Our holdings of Novavax Inc convertibles also rose as a key competitor ended its own respiratory virus vaccine development and suggested it would be open to partnerships with other companies, such as Novavax. Download the full commentary as a pdf. Holdings Update In September the Fund added a number of key positions. In the lower risk band, we bought a chunk of the new McDonald’s Canadian dollar “Maple” bonds, swapping out our USD denominated McDonald’s holdings in the process. With the recent rise in Canadian rates all along the yield curve C$ investment grade bonds are relatively more attractive than they used to be compared to US investment grade. The Maple bond market has also seen foreign companies raise C$ debt at wider spreads to government rates than the same companies do in ... Continue Reading

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