Manager’s Quarterly Commentary – David Barr – Q4 2013 – Pender Value Fund

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We have our first two quarters under our belt and things have progressed nicely for the Fund. Units that were initially priced at $10.00 were valued at $12.18 at December 31, 2013.

In building out the portfolio, we currently have 27 investments in the Fund. The portfolio consists of 16 companies that are in the Pender Small Cap Opportunities Fund, seven in the Pender US All Cap Equity Fund and four investments unique to the Fund.  We expect this to evolve over time so the portfolio will constitute approximately 1/3 of each, however we won’t be tied to this constraint and will always be investing in the best ideas for the mandate.

On the geographical front, the portfolio is 48% Canadian, 32% US and 20% Cash.

Most of the Fund’s holdings are in common stock but occasionally a more leveraged opportunity presents itself that still has an appropriate margin of safely. We were able to draw on our experience in restructuring situations during this period with the purchase of warrants of Imvescor Restaurant Group Inc (TSX: IRG), a national restaurant franchise company operating several brands in Eastern Canada (for example Pizza Delight and Baton Rouge). In the fall of 2011, the company underwent an aggressive refinancing and recapitalization. As part of that event, it issued convertible debentures with warrants. Fast forward to the summer of 2013 and the company had progressed very well with its restructuring. Our analysis gave us the comfort that any potential “catastrophic” risk was minimized so we continued to dig in. While some people may view investing in warrants as higher risk, in a situation like this the risk is comparable to that of holding the common stock while providing a better potential return profile.

IRG is a great example of the flexibility of the Pender Value Fund and we are continually looking for other such interesting opportunities to invest in.

David Barr
January 13, 2014

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