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Just Energy Group (JE-T)

Last Price Recorded: $5.7200 on 2017-11-20

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Just Energy Group


Signal Opinion Expert

2017-07-26

PAST TOP PICK
Just Energy Group (JE-T)

(A Top Pick July 27/16. Down 9.57%.) Was hoping to see a continued turnaround in their business, but they had a softer quarter and he sold his holdings at a loss. Likes the business longer-term, but wants to make sure it is going in the right direction from a quarterly standpoint.

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Bruce Campbell (2)

President & Portfolio Manager, Stone Castle Investment Management Inc.

Price: $6.800
Owned: No

2017-02-02

COMMENT
Just Energy Group (JE-T)

ENB-T vs. JE-T.  Ask yourself why you should sell ENB-N. You should not sell it because they have raised the dividend every year.  ENB-T is a safe, stable company that grows the dividend and never loses money.  They can continue to grow the dividend.  JE-T has been a great recovery story, but he would not sell ENB-T to buy JE-T.  ENB-T moved their money into the US which everyone wanted to do. 

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Lyle Stein

Sr. Portfolio & Managing Director, Vestcap Investment Management

Price: $7.660
Owned: No

2017-01-23

COMMENT
Just Energy Group (JE-T)

An OK business. It’s a marketer on energy. One of the knocks has been leverage on the balance sheet, so they de-levered the balance sheet over time. However, it is a business that is on a treadmill for life, a lot of churn. Clients leave and you always have to acquire new ones. Prefers, Crius Energy Trust (KWH.UN-T) which trades at a significantly cheaper valuation and gives a 9% yield with a 58% payout ratio. Thinks the market is undervaluing the assets. Also, it has no debt on the balance sheet.

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Steve DiGregorio

Portfolio Manager, Canoe Financial

Price: $7.410
Owned: No

2016-12-08

DON'T BUY
Just Energy Group (JE-T)

(Market Call Minute.) This is a risky business model, so he would stay away.

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Jim Huang

President, T.I.P. Wealth Management

Price: $7.450
Owned: No

2016-10-11

COMMENT
Just Energy Group (JE-T)

The stock in Price to Book is very, very expensive. Trading at about 20X Book. The stock, a little while ago, got up to its FMV, but recently on expectations of much improved earnings, the earnings forecasts have really shot up. Analysts have more than 100% upside for the stock. It also has a sweet yield. The dividend is well covered.

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Ross Healy

Chairman, Strategic Analysis Corp

Price: $6.440
Owned: Unknown

2016-09-21

HOLD
Just Energy Group (JE-T)

Their last quarter had disappointing numbers on the number of customers they were adding. This is still a pretty attractive business. They are looking at new markets in the solar area as well as expansion to Europe. If you own, wait for a quarter or 2 for the numbers to start to improve, when he expects the stock will start to respond accordingly.

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Bruce Campbell (2)

President & Portfolio Manager, Stone Castle Investment Management Inc.

Price: $6.970
Owned: Unknown

2016-08-12

TOP PICK
Just Energy Group (JE-T)

*SHORT* This is a long-term short for him. They essentially sell energy contracts door-to-door, and knock on literally millions of dollars a year. You have to ask yourself when is the last time you bought something from a door-to-door salesman, let alone engaged in a multiyear energy contract. Also the attrition rate is about 16% a year.

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Jerome Hass

Portfolio Manager, Lightwater Partners

Price: $7.310
Owned: Yes

2016-08-02

COMMENT
Just Energy Group (JE-T)

Their value proposition to customers is not something he is particularly comfortable with. They provide you certainty on your cost of living, etc., but in exchange for a big certainty premium. He has not been able to figure out how that is a repeatable strategy over time. Also, it is a captive universe. Once you have knocked on every door, there is a lot of time before you can go back. Because of this, it is not a growth stock.

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Greg Dean

Principal & Portfolio Manager, Cambridge Global Asset Management

Price: $7.870
Owned: No

2016-07-27

TOP PICK
Just Energy Group (JE-T)

This does energy services and energy marketing, so they are a reseller of different products such as natural gas. Now they’ve just gotten into solar. Have done test marketing both in California and New York, which has gone well, so they are going to start to roll it out across the country. They are also starting to take their existing traditional services over into Europe. The company is on a bit of a growth path, and he thinks you could start to see the earnings accelerate. Trading at a fairly reasonable valuation. Dividend yield of 6.21%.

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Bruce Campbell (2)

President & Portfolio Manager, Stone Castle Investment Management Inc.

Price: $8.050
Owned: Yes

2015-11-24

PAST TOP PICK
Just Energy Group (JE-T)

(A Top Pick Dec 30/14. Down 59.5%.)*Short* (A pairs trade with EnerCare (ECI-T).) This has been a long term Short, but it hasn’t worked out great as of late. This is essentially door-to-door sales of energy products and should be trading at a discount to Enercare.

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Jerome Hass

Portfolio Manager, Lightwater Partners

Price: $9.060
Owned: Yes

2015-10-20

WATCH
Just Energy Group (JE-T)

This has been going and going and going because there have been a couple of big hitters buying. Its FMV lags the current price and its Price to Book. Getting up to about 24X its BV, so those kinds of companies come under the heading of Speculative. However, there is a lot this company can do, including raising equity, because it is a very attractive time to do it. There has been a lot of momentum on the stock. Be wary until you can see the company doing the kind of things that will bring value underneath the company.

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Ross Healy

Chairman, Strategic Analysis Corp

Price: $9.510
Owned: Unknown

2015-07-08

PAST TOP PICK
Just Energy Group (JE-T)

(Top Pick, Short, August 7, 2014, Down 16.43%) Recently added to the position. They don't understand their business. They seem to reinvent themselves every 3 years. They sold their best business which was the water heating business. Just to stand still they need to find 15% new customers. They sell door to door hoping to sell their products. It is likely that it is going down. Feels their business will deteriorate in the future. Since 2005 it has been down 70%.

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Jerome Hass

Portfolio Manager, Lightwater Partners

Price: $6.490
Owned: Unknown

2015-05-29

DON'T BUY
Just Energy Group (JE-T)

In terms of valuation, it is about 8.5X EV to EBITDA, a similar multiple that EnerCare (ECI-T) trades at, but it appears inflated to him. Comparing the underlying fundamentals to EnerCare, there should be no comparison. He doesn’t understand what this company’s business is. Their attrition rate is about 16% per year. This means to just stand still they have to find 16% in new customers. That is not a very sustainable model. He is Short this stock.

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Jerome Hass

Portfolio Manager, Lightwater Partners

Price: $6.780
Owned: Yes

2015-02-10

DON'T BUY
Just Energy Group (JE-T)

Had a very nice run last year. Went up about 40% during the winter, partly due to the Arctic vortex. There were 2 very smart insiders buying very heavily. This makes you sit back and think “Am I missing something?”. It wasn’t until the Q2 numbers came out last year that his Short thesis was proven to be correct. These are essentially door-to-door salesman of energy products, and that product keeps changing. At the end of the day, they lose about 15% of their customers every year due to attrition. Just to stand still, they have to replace 15% of their customers. That’s not a very efficient business model. Also, there is the cost of acquiring that 15%. The view of the company is that this is expansionary CapX, so they capitalized that. The view of analysts is that it is normal expenses of running a business, and should be classified as operating expenses. He has had a Short position on the name for a while, and is fairly comfortable with it.

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Jerome Hass

Portfolio Manager, Lightwater Partners

Price: $6.250
Owned: Yes

2014-12-30

TOP PICK
Just Energy Group (JE-T)

Short. A Pairs trade with a Long on Enercare (ECI-T). They are selling a very stable part of their business, water heaters, which was their most profitable and stable business. The real issue is what is their business? They are door-to-door salesman of energy products, but it seems to be continually evolving. There is also the issue of the attrition rate. Last quarter they were losing 15% of their clients, which means that every year they have to find 15% of their existing base just to stand still. Not a very sustainable business model. Yield of 8.32%.

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Jerome Hass

Portfolio Manager, Lightwater Partners

Price: $6.000
Owned: Yes

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