Transalta Corp

TA-T

TSE:TA

8.96
0.01 (0.11%)
TransAlta Corporation is an electricity power generator and wholesale marketing company headquartered in Calgary, Alberta. It is a privately owned corporation and its shares are traded publicly.
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Analysis and Opinions about TA-T

Signal
Opinion
Expert
HOLD
HOLD
November 29, 2019
It has had a good bounce this year. Brookfield has been brought in (now holding 5% of the stock) and holds a couple of board seats. The true value is $11-$12, he thinks. He likes the hydro generation assets on the renewable trend. Yield 2.5%
Transalta Corp (TA-T)
November 29, 2019
It has had a good bounce this year. Brookfield has been brought in (now holding 5% of the stock) and holds a couple of board seats. The true value is $11-$12, he thinks. He likes the hydro generation assets on the renewable trend. Yield 2.5%
Robert Lauzon
Deputy Chief Investment Officer, Middlefield Capital Corporation
Price
$8.920
Owned
Unknown
SELL
SELL
November 18, 2019
He prefers ALA-T to this one at these levels. Nothing is going to move this one materially higher in the next while.
Transalta Corp (TA-T)
November 18, 2019
He prefers ALA-T to this one at these levels. Nothing is going to move this one materially higher in the next while.
Ryan Bushell
President, Newhaven Asset Management
Price
$8.910
Owned
No
PAST TOP PICK
PAST TOP PICK
October 25, 2019
(A Top Pick Oct 03/18, Up 11%) Doing what it is supposed to do. Dull and boring. He likes their hydro assets and Brookfield has bought into a convertible bond, equivalent to about 5% of the stock outstanding and may add another 5% in the future. Management wants to buy back stock. It should be a $9-$10 stock.
Transalta Corp (TA-T)
October 25, 2019
(A Top Pick Oct 03/18, Up 11%) Doing what it is supposed to do. Dull and boring. He likes their hydro assets and Brookfield has bought into a convertible bond, equivalent to about 5% of the stock outstanding and may add another 5% in the future. Management wants to buy back stock. It should be a $9-$10 stock.
Robert Lauzon
Deputy Chief Investment Officer, Middlefield Capital Corporation
Price
$7.850
Owned
Yes
WEAK BUY
WEAK BUY
September 16, 2019

It's been smashed in the past five years, dropping from the mid-teens to around $5-6, and cut their dividend. They made some bad calls when Alberta de-regulated and they let their transmission lines go. But they have turned around. The dividend could rise in coming years and it could move to $12. He prefers Capital Power.

Transalta Corp (TA-T)
September 16, 2019

It's been smashed in the past five years, dropping from the mid-teens to around $5-6, and cut their dividend. They made some bad calls when Alberta de-regulated and they let their transmission lines go. But they have turned around. The dividend could rise in coming years and it could move to $12. He prefers Capital Power.

Bruce Murray
CEO & Chief Investment Officer, The Murray Wealth Group
Price
$8.730
Owned
No
PAST TOP PICK
PAST TOP PICK
May 23, 2019
(A Top Pick May 03/18, Up 30%) They did a good job of highlighting value in their hydro assets. They are buying back stock but he would prefer they increased the dividend more. This is a good entry point again.
(A Top Pick May 03/18, Up 30%) They did a good job of highlighting value in their hydro assets. They are buying back stock but he would prefer they increased the dividend more. This is a good entry point again.
Robert Lauzon
Deputy Chief Investment Officer, Middlefield Capital Corporation
Price
$8.650
Owned
Yes
DON'T BUY
DON'T BUY
May 6, 2019
It is difficult. It is southern Alberta. It has been in transition for a bit and still seems to be. He would not feel comfortable in the sector until things look better in Alberta.
It is difficult. It is southern Alberta. It has been in transition for a bit and still seems to be. He would not feel comfortable in the sector until things look better in Alberta.
Rick Stuchberry
Portfolio Manager, Wellington-Altus Private Wealth
Price
$9.010
Owned
No
BUY
BUY
March 18, 2019
This hurt a lot of people. Now they are cheap, trading at 15.1% free-cash yield. He sees more upside 25-50% though nowhere near to $30.
Transalta Corp (TA-T)
March 18, 2019
This hurt a lot of people. Now they are cheap, trading at 15.1% free-cash yield. He sees more upside 25-50% though nowhere near to $30.
Greg Newman
Director & Portfolio Manager, Scotia Wealth Management
Price
$8.870
Owned
Unknown
DON'T BUY
DON'T BUY
January 17, 2019
Over a number of years are making a transition from coal to natural gas fired power plants. He would prefer to look at the renewables or NPI-T.
Transalta Corp (TA-T)
January 17, 2019
Over a number of years are making a transition from coal to natural gas fired power plants. He would prefer to look at the renewables or NPI-T.
Michael Simpson, CFA
Senior Vice-President, Sentry Investments
Price
$6.450
Owned
No
BUY
BUY
October 22, 2018

It has not done very well. He also bought some of the preferreds. He thinks they are moving in the right direction. The dividend is pretty secure. They have a long way to go to complete their turnaround. There may be tax loss selling at the end of the year but many have already taken their loss.

Transalta Corp (TA-T)
October 22, 2018

It has not done very well. He also bought some of the preferreds. He thinks they are moving in the right direction. The dividend is pretty secure. They have a long way to go to complete their turnaround. There may be tax loss selling at the end of the year but many have already taken their loss.

Benj Gallander
President, Contra the Heard Investment Letter
Price
$7.240
Owned
Yes
TOP PICK
TOP PICK
October 3, 2018

There is deep value in this name, owning 60% of TransAlta Renewables – the share value of which equals the market value of TA-T on its own. They own 9% of the Alberta hydro market. The new PPAs on the hydro assets, which act as backup for wind and solar, could help propel this company to a double in the next three years. Yield 2.2%. (Analysts’ price target is $8.25)

Transalta Corp (TA-T)
October 3, 2018

There is deep value in this name, owning 60% of TransAlta Renewables – the share value of which equals the market value of TA-T on its own. They own 9% of the Alberta hydro market. The new PPAs on the hydro assets, which act as backup for wind and solar, could help propel this company to a double in the next three years. Yield 2.2%. (Analysts’ price target is $8.25)

Robert Lauzon
Deputy Chief Investment Officer, Middlefield Capital Corporation
Price
$7.190
Owned
Yes
COMMENT
COMMENT
September 28, 2018

Has been a terrible place to be. Long-term decline. It’s destroyed wealth. Market’s trading off of underlying ownership of Transalta Renewables. Pays a small dividend. Washed out, fairly decent value in it.

Transalta Corp (TA-T)
September 28, 2018

Has been a terrible place to be. Long-term decline. It’s destroyed wealth. Market’s trading off of underlying ownership of Transalta Renewables. Pays a small dividend. Washed out, fairly decent value in it.

Greg Newman
Director & Portfolio Manager, Scotia Wealth Management
Price
$7.270
Owned
Yes
WEAK BUY
WEAK BUY
May 23, 2018

It has a good dividend. The consolidation this year is actually pretty good, given the utility sector performance as a whole. This is in a good spot to begin to go higher. The quarterly dividend had been cut from $0.29 per share to $0.04, but this is already factored in by the market. Yield 2%.

It has a good dividend. The consolidation this year is actually pretty good, given the utility sector performance as a whole. This is in a good spot to begin to go higher. The quarterly dividend had been cut from $0.29 per share to $0.04, but this is already factored in by the market. Yield 2%.

Brooke Thackray
Research Analyst, Horizons ETFs (Canada) Inc.
Price
$6.710
Owned
No
TOP PICK
TOP PICK
May 3, 2018

It is not the same company of 5 years ago. All the headwinds are now tailwinds. They are becoming cash flow positive and paying down debt. It is quite attractive, being a utility. (Analysts’ target: $8.20).

It is not the same company of 5 years ago. All the headwinds are now tailwinds. They are becoming cash flow positive and paying down debt. It is quite attractive, being a utility. (Analysts’ target: $8.20).

Robert Lauzon
Deputy Chief Investment Officer, Middlefield Capital Corporation
Price
$6.880
Owned
Yes
PAST TOP PICK
PAST TOP PICK
November 24, 2017

(A Top Pick Sept 15/16. Up 28%.) *Long* (Pairs trade with a Short on TRP-T.) He still has both positions on.

Transalta Corp (TA-T)
November 24, 2017

(A Top Pick Sept 15/16. Up 28%.) *Long* (Pairs trade with a Short on TRP-T.) He still has both positions on.

Daniel Lloyd
Portfolio Manager, Forge First Asset Management
Price
$7.500
Owned
Yes
DON'T BUY
DON'T BUY
November 2, 2017

It has had a nice recovery based on the bottom but not when you look at the high of a couple of years ago. They have the renewable side and it used to be worth more than TA-T corp. That imbalance got fixed. They got into trouble on the balance sheet. He would prefer something more stable.

Transalta Corp (TA-T)
November 2, 2017

It has had a nice recovery based on the bottom but not when you look at the high of a couple of years ago. They have the renewable side and it used to be worth more than TA-T corp. That imbalance got fixed. They got into trouble on the balance sheet. He would prefer something more stable.

Bruce Campbell (1)
President, Campbell and Lee InvMngmnt
Price
$7.490
Owned
No
HOLD
HOLD
August 3, 2017

Alberta shut down its coal fired electrical generation plants. Contracts were ended. Australia has some issues for them too. They have cut their costs down and re-focused. There used to be funding issues. They are fine now, but not the best in their sector. He leans more to interpipes. There is clearly not a dividend cut coming. They are not overlevered.

Transalta Corp (TA-T)
August 3, 2017

Alberta shut down its coal fired electrical generation plants. Contracts were ended. Australia has some issues for them too. They have cut their costs down and re-focused. There used to be funding issues. They are fine now, but not the best in their sector. He leans more to interpipes. There is clearly not a dividend cut coming. They are not overlevered.

Paul Gardner, CFA
Partner and Portfolio Manager, Avenue Investment Management
Price
$8.140
Owned
Unknown
COMMENT
COMMENT
June 27, 2017

You buy this because of its assets and the ability of those assets to generate cash flow. Feels the Alberta electric generation market is still subject to a lot of question marks. He would rather own wind power in Europe.

Transalta Corp (TA-T)
June 27, 2017

You buy this because of its assets and the ability of those assets to generate cash flow. Feels the Alberta electric generation market is still subject to a lot of question marks. He would rather own wind power in Europe.

Lyle Stein
Sr. Portfolio & Managing Director, Vestcap Investment Management
Price
$8.010
Owned
Unknown
COMMENT
COMMENT
June 1, 2017

This has struggled over the last couple of years as it got hurt by the environmental movement and the NDP government in Alberta wanting to shut down all coal producing energy assets. They are migrating from coal to natural gas and have 2 plants, Sundance 1 and Sundance 2 that are coal fired, which are going to close by the end of this year. That hurts their bottom line. Also, for the last number of years, they have been over levered. Their bond rating has always hovered below investment grade or just barely above it. Thinks it will be in the penalty box for another 6 months to 1 year because they don’t have the greatest of assets.

This has struggled over the last couple of years as it got hurt by the environmental movement and the NDP government in Alberta wanting to shut down all coal producing energy assets. They are migrating from coal to natural gas and have 2 plants, Sundance 1 and Sundance 2 that are coal fired, which are going to close by the end of this year. That hurts their bottom line. Also, for the last number of years, they have been over levered. Their bond rating has always hovered below investment grade or just barely above it. Thinks it will be in the penalty box for another 6 months to 1 year because they don’t have the greatest of assets.

Paul Gardner, CFA
Partner and Portfolio Manager, Avenue Investment Management
Price
$7.660
Owned
Unknown
COMMENT
COMMENT
May 9, 2017

This, by default, is a contrarian company that happens to be in the utility space. This is coming back. They’ve had to do some major cost cutting. They’re converting some of their coal plants to natural gas in order to avoid some carbon tax. The beauty of utilities is that they do generate cash flow. The question becomes, how sustainable is that cash flow. Feels you can do better elsewhere.

This, by default, is a contrarian company that happens to be in the utility space. This is coming back. They’ve had to do some major cost cutting. They’re converting some of their coal plants to natural gas in order to avoid some carbon tax. The beauty of utilities is that they do generate cash flow. The question becomes, how sustainable is that cash flow. Feels you can do better elsewhere.

Lyle Stein
Sr. Portfolio & Managing Director, Vestcap Investment Management
Price
$7.240
Owned
Unknown
HOLD
HOLD
April 3, 2017

He likes the sector. He thinks it looks okay. It broke out and came back to do a test. There is some upside.

Transalta Corp (TA-T)
April 3, 2017

He likes the sector. He thinks it looks okay. It broke out and came back to do a test. There is some upside.

Keith Richards
Portfolio Manager, ValueTrend Wealth Management
Price
$7.630
Owned
Unknown
PAST TOP PICK
PAST TOP PICK
March 30, 2017

(Top Pick Apr 6/16, Up 35%) Cheap valuation. They have an agreement with the Alberta government on their coal. Brookfield has been buying up similar assets.

Transalta Corp (TA-T)
March 30, 2017

(Top Pick Apr 6/16, Up 35%) Cheap valuation. They have an agreement with the Alberta government on their coal. Brookfield has been buying up similar assets.

Jason Mann
CIO & Co-Founder, Edgehill Patners
Price
$7.820
Owned
Yes
DON'T BUY
DON'T BUY
February 24, 2017

A utility type stock, and is fully priced at this level. It has had an excellent run this year. He questions if the yield is sustainable on a longer-term basis.

Transalta Corp (TA-T)
February 24, 2017

A utility type stock, and is fully priced at this level. It has had an excellent run this year. He questions if the yield is sustainable on a longer-term basis.

Bill Shaw
Partner & Portfolio Manager, Exponent Investment Management
Price
$7.150
Owned
Unknown
DON'T BUY
DON'T BUY
February 14, 2017

Cut their dividend pretty significantly about 1.5 years ago, and there isn’t really a lot of catalysts in the stock. A coal fired power production largely with some CPA’s that are rolling off over time, and then they will ultimately need to replace their fleet with natural gas, renewables or some combination of the 2. With a yield at 2.1%, and without a lot of growth, there are better options elsewhere.

Transalta Corp (TA-T)
February 14, 2017

Cut their dividend pretty significantly about 1.5 years ago, and there isn’t really a lot of catalysts in the stock. A coal fired power production largely with some CPA’s that are rolling off over time, and then they will ultimately need to replace their fleet with natural gas, renewables or some combination of the 2. With a yield at 2.1%, and without a lot of growth, there are better options elsewhere.

Ryan Bushell
President, Newhaven Asset Management
Price
$7.620
Owned
No
DON'T BUY
DON'T BUY
February 10, 2017

A utility company that he would not own. You own utility companies for slow, steady growth, steady rising dividends so that you can sleep at nights. This has not been that kind of company. Its operations have been troubled. Management has done some questionable things.

Transalta Corp (TA-T)
February 10, 2017

A utility company that he would not own. You own utility companies for slow, steady growth, steady rising dividends so that you can sleep at nights. This has not been that kind of company. Its operations have been troubled. Management has done some questionable things.

Norman Levine
Managing Director, Portfolio Management Corp
Price
$7.890
Owned
No
HOLD
HOLD
January 20, 2017

Their legacy business was coal which experienced some difficulty, and was on the way to being shut down in Alberta. The issue was, how much will they get for these legacy assets. Also, they wisely decided to set up a renewable subsidiary where they still own a good chunk of it. This has grown quite nicely. Thinks the CEO is doing a decent job.

Transalta Corp (TA-T)
January 20, 2017

Their legacy business was coal which experienced some difficulty, and was on the way to being shut down in Alberta. The issue was, how much will they get for these legacy assets. Also, they wisely decided to set up a renewable subsidiary where they still own a good chunk of it. This has grown quite nicely. Thinks the CEO is doing a decent job.

Michael Simpson, CFA
Senior Vice-President, Sentry Investments
Price
$7.760
Owned
No
COMMENT
COMMENT
December 9, 2016

Reached an agreement with Alberta for transition payments of about $97 million a year from 2017 to 2030. That news was better than expected and he upgraded it to a $7.50 target. It is a little higher than that, but still pretty cheap on a free cash yield. Trading at 15.3 versus its peers at lower levels. Its payout ratio on a free cash flow is 14%. He would prefer one with a bigger yield and one with the drop downs, Transalta Renewables (RNW-T).

Transalta Corp (TA-T)
December 9, 2016

Reached an agreement with Alberta for transition payments of about $97 million a year from 2017 to 2030. That news was better than expected and he upgraded it to a $7.50 target. It is a little higher than that, but still pretty cheap on a free cash yield. Trading at 15.3 versus its peers at lower levels. Its payout ratio on a free cash flow is 14%. He would prefer one with a bigger yield and one with the drop downs, Transalta Renewables (RNW-T).

Greg Newman
Director & Portfolio Manager, Scotia Wealth Management
Price
$7.540
Owned
Unknown
COMMENT
COMMENT
November 30, 2016

Preferreds. The settlement of the energy issue last week has been very favourable. This company is in good shape, because a lot of their existing coal capacity can also convert into natural gas, so as they meet the capacity markets in Alberta that have been created, that is a plus for them. As to preferreds, people own them for 1) income and 2) for the higher position on the balance sheet. It has a 7% yield, but in 2017, that will reset to 3.1% above whatever the 5-year yield is at the time. The rate-reset game that has been going on in the Canadian preferred market since 2008, has been very painful.

Transalta Corp (TA-T)
November 30, 2016

Preferreds. The settlement of the energy issue last week has been very favourable. This company is in good shape, because a lot of their existing coal capacity can also convert into natural gas, so as they meet the capacity markets in Alberta that have been created, that is a plus for them. As to preferreds, people own them for 1) income and 2) for the higher position on the balance sheet. It has a 7% yield, but in 2017, that will reset to 3.1% above whatever the 5-year yield is at the time. The rate-reset game that has been going on in the Canadian preferred market since 2008, has been very painful.

Lyle Stein
Sr. Portfolio & Managing Director, Vestcap Investment Management
Price
$7.350
Owned
Yes
DON'T BUY
DON'T BUY
November 28, 2016

(Market Call Minute.) Has had a good run lately, but given that it is a utility you don’t want to be here.

Transalta Corp (TA-T)
November 28, 2016

(Market Call Minute.) Has had a good run lately, but given that it is a utility you don’t want to be here.

John Stephenson
President & CEO, Stephenson & Company Capital Management
Price
$7.350
Owned
Unknown
PAST TOP PICK
PAST TOP PICK
November 9, 2016

Long half of pairs trade (Top Pick Sept 15/16, Down 6.65%) He still likes it a lot and it did well until a couple of days ago. It is a deeply undervalued utility.

Transalta Corp (TA-T)
November 9, 2016

Long half of pairs trade (Top Pick Sept 15/16, Down 6.65%) He still likes it a lot and it did well until a couple of days ago. It is a deeply undervalued utility.

Daniel Lloyd
Portfolio Manager, Forge First Asset Management
Price
$5.610
Owned
Yes
DON'T BUY
DON'T BUY
October 3, 2016

It is not just the stable generator of electricity any more. Alberta has to go through a full resolution of what they are going to do with coal plants. The dividend has been cut to virtually nothing.

Transalta Corp (TA-T)
October 3, 2016

It is not just the stable generator of electricity any more. Alberta has to go through a full resolution of what they are going to do with coal plants. The dividend has been cut to virtually nothing.

Lyle Stein
Sr. Portfolio & Managing Director, Vestcap Investment Management
Price
$5.780
Owned
No
COMMENT
COMMENT
September 21, 2016

There is too much uncertainty about the Alberta policy vis-à-vis stranded assets, and what compensation they will or won’t get. Until that uncertainty is removed, he would be very careful.

Transalta Corp (TA-T)
September 21, 2016

There is too much uncertainty about the Alberta policy vis-à-vis stranded assets, and what compensation they will or won’t get. Until that uncertainty is removed, he would be very careful.

Nick Majendie
Director & Senior Portfolio Manager, Scotia Wealth Management
Price
$6.030
Owned
No
TOP PICK
TOP PICK
September 15, 2016

*Long* (Pairs trade with a short on TRP-T). TA-T he was buying as long as a couple of days ago and TRP-T shorting the week before. The ownership of TA renewable in TA-T is worth $7.70 of the share price. At this point the rest of TA-T has a negative value. TRP-T is incredibly expensive. They have excessive debt. They are about to cut the toll of their gas pipeline by 40% which is a major part of their revenue.

Transalta Corp (TA-T)
September 15, 2016

*Long* (Pairs trade with a short on TRP-T). TA-T he was buying as long as a couple of days ago and TRP-T shorting the week before. The ownership of TA renewable in TA-T is worth $7.70 of the share price. At this point the rest of TA-T has a negative value. TRP-T is incredibly expensive. They have excessive debt. They are about to cut the toll of their gas pipeline by 40% which is a major part of their revenue.

Daniel Lloyd
Portfolio Manager, Forge First Asset Management
Price
$6.010
Owned
Yes
PARTIAL SELL
PARTIAL SELL
July 14, 2016

If you own, he would suggest you lighten up over time. Feels the worst is over. The problem with the company is that power prices in Alberta were weak for some time, and management wasn’t considered to be top of the heap. He would suggest you switch over time to something like Canadian Utilities (CU-T) Fortis (FTS-T) or Emera (EMA-T).

Transalta Corp (TA-T)
July 14, 2016

If you own, he would suggest you lighten up over time. Feels the worst is over. The problem with the company is that power prices in Alberta were weak for some time, and management wasn’t considered to be top of the heap. He would suggest you switch over time to something like Canadian Utilities (CU-T) Fortis (FTS-T) or Emera (EMA-T).

John Stephenson
President & CEO, Stephenson & Company Capital Management
Price
$6.460
Owned
Unknown
WAIT
WAIT
June 30, 2016

This company has gone through a lot of trouble. He took a loss on it. The whole space has done well. The chart shows a nice upward trend from January, and is now facing some resistance at around $7. There will be resistance again at $10. It looks like it currently wants to go sideways. Until you see it get above $6.75-$7 range, he wouldn’t add to your holdings.

Transalta Corp (TA-T)
June 30, 2016

This company has gone through a lot of trouble. He took a loss on it. The whole space has done well. The chart shows a nice upward trend from January, and is now facing some resistance at around $7. There will be resistance again at $10. It looks like it currently wants to go sideways. Until you see it get above $6.75-$7 range, he wouldn’t add to your holdings.

Hap (Robert) Sneddon FCSI
Chief Portfolio Manager & Founder, Castlemoore Inc.
Price
$6.720
Owned
No
DON'T BUY
DON'T BUY
June 29, 2016

Sold his holdings in the mid-teens. It is unbelievable how far it has dropped. The Alberta electricity/power market is very tough. There is also a big dependence on coal, which is being phased out. It has been rumoured to be for sale for a while now, and there doesn’t seem to be any takers. There are better opportunities elsewhere.

Transalta Corp (TA-T)
June 29, 2016

Sold his holdings in the mid-teens. It is unbelievable how far it has dropped. The Alberta electricity/power market is very tough. There is also a big dependence on coal, which is being phased out. It has been rumoured to be for sale for a while now, and there doesn’t seem to be any takers. There are better opportunities elsewhere.

Stephen Takacsy, B. Eng, MBA
Chief Investment Officer & Portfolio Mgr, Lester Asset Management
Price
$6.630
Owned
No
DON'T BUY
DON'T BUY
June 9, 2016

It is a good area to be in. It is not exciting. He would not go here. 6.8% yield.

It is a good area to be in. It is not exciting. He would not go here. 6.8% yield.

Michael Smedley
Exec VP & Chief Investment Officer, Morgan Meighan & Associates
Price
$6.980
Owned
No
COMMENT
COMMENT
June 3, 2016

(Market Call Minute.) One of his favourites. Thinks the worst is behind it. Good price momentum and reasonable valuation. He still thinks the kicker is someone who has been buying a lot of stock.

(Market Call Minute.) One of his favourites. Thinks the worst is behind it. Good price momentum and reasonable valuation. He still thinks the kicker is someone who has been buying a lot of stock.

Jason Mann
CIO & Co-Founder, Edgehill Patners
Price
$6.620
Owned
Yes
SELL
SELL
May 25, 2016

(Market Call Minute.) This company has had trouble for a long time. The fact that they own a lot of coal assets, and a government committed to the latest environmental standards, that is not a good combo.

(Market Call Minute.) This company has had trouble for a long time. The fact that they own a lot of coal assets, and a government committed to the latest environmental standards, that is not a good combo.

Michael Decter
President & CEO, Lawrence Decter Investment Counsel
Price
$6.420
Owned
Unknown
COMMENT
COMMENT
April 25, 2016

2019 bonds for a small portion of a portfolio? This company has kind of fallen on hard times. They are holding about 7X leverage, which is high. Thinks the bonds trade at around 7% which is not overly cheap. If you do this, it will require more diligence.

Transalta Corp (TA-T)
April 25, 2016

2019 bonds for a small portion of a portfolio? This company has kind of fallen on hard times. They are holding about 7X leverage, which is high. Thinks the bonds trade at around 7% which is not overly cheap. If you do this, it will require more diligence.

Paul Tepsich
Portfolio Manager, High Rock Capital Management Inc.
Price
$6.230
Owned
Unknown
TOP PICK
TOP PICK
April 6, 2016

There has been concern that this may be a value trap. It is cheap enough. Price momentum has turned in the coal power generation business, but are transitioning to a renewable model. Thinks the recent dividend cut gives them the flexibility to do that. What is interesting is that you have optionality. Brookfield recently filed that they own just under 5%. They have asked the SEC to hold off on reporting for 6 months. You only do that if you are planning on buying more, or if you are in talks with the company. Dividend yield of 2.69%.

Transalta Corp (TA-T)
April 6, 2016

There has been concern that this may be a value trap. It is cheap enough. Price momentum has turned in the coal power generation business, but are transitioning to a renewable model. Thinks the recent dividend cut gives them the flexibility to do that. What is interesting is that you have optionality. Brookfield recently filed that they own just under 5%. They have asked the SEC to hold off on reporting for 6 months. You only do that if you are planning on buying more, or if you are in talks with the company. Dividend yield of 2.69%.

Jason Mann
CIO & Co-Founder, Edgehill Patners
Price
$5.870
Owned
Yes
HOLD
HOLD
February 22, 2016

Has never owned this. It has gone up very sharply recently, and apparently has to do with some of its renewable energy assets, which seems to be in the sights of Brookfield and another player. There is a suggestion that the renewable part will be taken out at great profit to the shareholders. If you own, you should probably Hold.

Transalta Corp (TA-T)
February 22, 2016

Has never owned this. It has gone up very sharply recently, and apparently has to do with some of its renewable energy assets, which seems to be in the sights of Brookfield and another player. There is a suggestion that the renewable part will be taken out at great profit to the shareholders. If you own, you should probably Hold.

Peter Brieger
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, GlobeInvestment Capital Management
Price
$5.930
Owned
No
DON'T BUY
DON'T BUY
February 3, 2016

In the doghouse because it deserves to be in the doghouse. This is a utility. Basically investors buy utility stocks because they are safe and dividends are safe. The dividends usually grow. This one has not been safe. The dividend has not only not been growing, it has been slashed. The company is not that well run.

Transalta Corp (TA-T)
February 3, 2016

In the doghouse because it deserves to be in the doghouse. This is a utility. Basically investors buy utility stocks because they are safe and dividends are safe. The dividends usually grow. This one has not been safe. The dividend has not only not been growing, it has been slashed. The company is not that well run.

Norman Levine
Managing Director, Portfolio Management Corp
Price
$5.170
Owned
No
TOP PICK
TOP PICK
February 1, 2016

6.4% bond maturing Nov 18/19 at $96. The yield to maturity is 7.63%, which is still an investment grade bond. It was rated as a BBB minus, but Moody’s downgraded it to one notch below investment grade late last year, and their bonds have fallen by about 15 points. They have 2 bonds maturing between now and 2019. Their forecasts are for about $1 billion in EBITDA in the next 2 years.

Transalta Corp (TA-T)
February 1, 2016

6.4% bond maturing Nov 18/19 at $96. The yield to maturity is 7.63%, which is still an investment grade bond. It was rated as a BBB minus, but Moody’s downgraded it to one notch below investment grade late last year, and their bonds have fallen by about 15 points. They have 2 bonds maturing between now and 2019. Their forecasts are for about $1 billion in EBITDA in the next 2 years.

Hank Cunningham
Fixed Income Strategist, Odlum Brown Limited
Price
$4.910
Owned
Yes
HOLD
HOLD
January 25, 2016

Wouldn’t be a buyer here as there is too much uncertainty. There is slowing demand from a weak economy in Alberta, and then you have uncertainty regarding climate policy and how that will impact the company. An alternative might be Transalta Renewables (RNW-T).

Transalta Corp (TA-T)
January 25, 2016

Wouldn’t be a buyer here as there is too much uncertainty. There is slowing demand from a weak economy in Alberta, and then you have uncertainty regarding climate policy and how that will impact the company. An alternative might be Transalta Renewables (RNW-T).

John Stephenson
President & CEO, Stephenson & Company Capital Management
Price
$4.140
Owned
Unknown
DON'T BUY
DON'T BUY
January 22, 2016

A big concern is their coal fired assets. They also have some Hydro and some wind, but coal is a significant amount of their assets, both in Canada and in Washington state. There isn’t clear detail on how the Alberta government will help the coal producers transition. Even though the stock has fallen a lot, he still has concerns about power prices in Alberta.

Transalta Corp (TA-T)
January 22, 2016

A big concern is their coal fired assets. They also have some Hydro and some wind, but coal is a significant amount of their assets, both in Canada and in Washington state. There isn’t clear detail on how the Alberta government will help the coal producers transition. Even though the stock has fallen a lot, he still has concerns about power prices in Alberta.

Michael Simpson, CFA
Senior Vice-President, Sentry Investments
Price
$4.400
Owned
Unknown
HOLD
HOLD
January 18, 2016

Has had a ton of downside pressure. It trades at a significant discount to its net asset value. The yield support is there. It is a well run set of assets and he thinks you can keep it.

Transalta Corp (TA-T)
January 18, 2016

Has had a ton of downside pressure. It trades at a significant discount to its net asset value. The yield support is there. It is a well run set of assets and he thinks you can keep it.

John Wilson
CEO; Co-CIO & Sr Portfolio Manager, Sprott Asset Management