TorstarCorp (B)

TS.B-T

TSE:TS.B

0.42
0.03 (6.67%)
Torstar Corporation is a Canadian media and publishing company. The company is primarily a publisher of daily and community papers, including its flagship and namesake, the Toronto Star.
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Analysis and Opinions about TS.B-T

Signal
Opinion
Expert
COMMENT
COMMENT
December 31, 2018
It is unbelievable where this stock is trading at. Acquisitions this year are worth less than half what they paid for them. It was trading at less than half what it was worth. They are trading below the amount of cash they have. It shocks him how far it continues to go down.
TorstarCorp (B) (TS.B-T)
December 31, 2018
It is unbelievable where this stock is trading at. Acquisitions this year are worth less than half what they paid for them. It was trading at less than half what it was worth. They are trading below the amount of cash they have. It shocks him how far it continues to go down.
John Zechner
Chairman, J. Zechner & Assoc
Price
$0.790
Owned
Unknown
WATCH
WATCH
December 24, 2018
He used to own it and sold it at a slight loss. It is in a sector having major difficulties. He continues to watch it but is not brave enough to buy it. It has no debt and the government is being more generous with media companies. If they keep on losing money then that is a problem.
TorstarCorp (B) (TS.B-T)
December 24, 2018
He used to own it and sold it at a slight loss. It is in a sector having major difficulties. He continues to watch it but is not brave enough to buy it. It has no debt and the government is being more generous with media companies. If they keep on losing money then that is a problem.
Benj Gallander
President, Contra the Heard Investment Letter
Price
$0.640
Owned
No
DON'T BUY
DON'T BUY
February 20, 2018

This is not a good contrarian play. Print media continues to struggle. Postmedia and the Globe and Mail are also facing the same problems. Torstar is expected to lose money in 2018 and 2019. He thinks other stocks will give a better risk-adjusted return.

TorstarCorp (B) (TS.B-T)
February 20, 2018

This is not a good contrarian play. Print media continues to struggle. Postmedia and the Globe and Mail are also facing the same problems. Torstar is expected to lose money in 2018 and 2019. He thinks other stocks will give a better risk-adjusted return.

Robert McWhirter
President, Selective Asset Management
Price
$1.510
Owned
Unknown
COMMENT
COMMENT
November 24, 2017

Prem Watsa owns about 40.1% of the common shares. Do you buy this for capital appreciation, the dividend, or perhaps for the breakup value later on? That is definitely a good signal. It could be a good contrarian pick now. They have no debt, and the dividend is over 6%. The high dividend is a danger signal. This is risky.

TorstarCorp (B) (TS.B-T)
November 24, 2017

Prem Watsa owns about 40.1% of the common shares. Do you buy this for capital appreciation, the dividend, or perhaps for the breakup value later on? That is definitely a good signal. It could be a good contrarian pick now. They have no debt, and the dividend is over 6%. The high dividend is a danger signal. This is risky.

Benj Gallander
President, Contra the Heard Investment Letter
Price
$1.550
Owned
No
COMMENT
COMMENT
November 3, 2017

Had owned this at one time. Sold his holdings when he didn't like what was going on in the area. The media area has really, really changed, and this company has gotten killed. They had a lot of money in the bank and paid a nice dividend, and had no debt. Started selling off assets. Just reported a net loss of almost $7 million. They keep on losing money and ad revenues keep on going down. They are trying to transition to the new media, and it is not going well. Still has no debt. Paying a highly diminished dividend. He is very leery on this field.

TorstarCorp (B) (TS.B-T)
November 3, 2017

Had owned this at one time. Sold his holdings when he didn't like what was going on in the area. The media area has really, really changed, and this company has gotten killed. They had a lot of money in the bank and paid a nice dividend, and had no debt. Started selling off assets. Just reported a net loss of almost $7 million. They keep on losing money and ad revenues keep on going down. They are trying to transition to the new media, and it is not going well. Still has no debt. Paying a highly diminished dividend. He is very leery on this field.

Benj Gallander
President, Contra the Heard Investment Letter
Price
$1.310
Owned
No
DON'T BUY
DON'T BUY
November 2, 2017

A very tough business. He wouldn't want to own anything in the newspaper business. There are very few newspapers that are going to survive. There’re better places to put your money. 7.7% dividend yield.

TorstarCorp (B) (TS.B-T)
November 2, 2017

A very tough business. He wouldn't want to own anything in the newspaper business. There are very few newspapers that are going to survive. There’re better places to put your money. 7.7% dividend yield.

Paul Harris, CFA
Partner and Portfolio Manager, Harris Douglas Asset Management
Price
$1.310
Owned
No
SELL
SELL
September 25, 2017

He does not think highly of the management. They squandered a lot of money on projects that didn’t work out. They are in a tough sector.

TorstarCorp (B) (TS.B-T)
September 25, 2017

He does not think highly of the management. They squandered a lot of money on projects that didn’t work out. They are in a tough sector.

Stephen Takacsy, B. Eng, MBA
Chief Investment Officer & Portfolio Mgr, Lester Asset Management
Price
$1.380
Owned
Unknown
DON'T BUY
DON'T BUY
July 14, 2017

Print media continues to struggle. This company had a digital division that was attempting to turn things around, but hasn’t. They are expected to lose $.22 on earnings this year, and $.22 next year. It is still facing a struggle with regards to the stock price. He would look elsewhere.

Print media continues to struggle. This company had a digital division that was attempting to turn things around, but hasn’t. They are expected to lose $.22 on earnings this year, and $.22 next year. It is still facing a struggle with regards to the stock price. He would look elsewhere.

Robert McWhirter
President, Selective Asset Management
Price
$1.440
Owned
Unknown
WATCH
WATCH
April 3, 2017

They had tremendous problems. He sold at a lost because he was afraid of what would happen. Paper media has been decimated. They sold off assets and cut their dividend. They have no debt and still pay a dividend. He still has to be very wary of this arena, but does view it as a speculative play.

They had tremendous problems. He sold at a lost because he was afraid of what would happen. Paper media has been decimated. They sold off assets and cut their dividend. They have no debt and still pay a dividend. He still has to be very wary of this arena, but does view it as a speculative play.

Benj Gallander
President, Contra the Heard Investment Letter
Price
$1.800
Owned
No
DON'T BUY
DON'T BUY
February 7, 2017

Used to own this, but got scared when technology and mistakes got in the way. The technology they invested in has absolutely killed them. They’ve had some of their top executives leaving. One good thing is that they don’t have any debt.

TorstarCorp (B) (TS.B-T)
February 7, 2017

Used to own this, but got scared when technology and mistakes got in the way. The technology they invested in has absolutely killed them. They’ve had some of their top executives leaving. One good thing is that they don’t have any debt.

Benj Gallander
President, Contra the Heard Investment Letter
Price
$1.860
Owned
No
COMMENT
COMMENT
February 1, 2017

This has been the highest circulation newspaper in Canada, and yet it has come way, way down. They spent a lot of money on a new app, but it doesn't seem to be catching on. He prefers another stock in printing and publishing. (See Top Picks.)

TorstarCorp (B) (TS.B-T)
February 1, 2017

This has been the highest circulation newspaper in Canada, and yet it has come way, way down. They spent a lot of money on a new app, but it doesn't seem to be catching on. He prefers another stock in printing and publishing. (See Top Picks.)

Brendan Caldwell
President, Caldwell Securities
Price
$1.920
Owned
Unknown
DON'T BUY
DON'T BUY
December 22, 2016

He used to hold it and took a small loss, glad he got out. The company scared him because things were changing so quickly. They are having problem because management is leaving. It is a good paper, but readership is falling way off. Their move to the Internet has not been that successful. They have no debt on the balance sheet -- great balance sheet. He watches it but is staying away from it.

TorstarCorp (B) (TS.B-T)
December 22, 2016

He used to hold it and took a small loss, glad he got out. The company scared him because things were changing so quickly. They are having problem because management is leaving. It is a good paper, but readership is falling way off. Their move to the Internet has not been that successful. They have no debt on the balance sheet -- great balance sheet. He watches it but is staying away from it.

Benj Gallander
President, Contra the Heard Investment Letter
Price
$1.770
Owned
No
DON'T BUY
DON'T BUY
December 21, 2016

From a value perspective, he has had to be looking at all the print companies over the last few years, because they had plummeted. However, you have to ask how they are going to replace the revenues that are being lost on the print side. All of them have been attempting to go to the Internet, but it seems that they are getting about $.10 on every dollar that they used to have on the other side of the equation. A

much more speculative investment, and he has no idea of how it is going to turn out for them.

TorstarCorp (B) (TS.B-T)
December 21, 2016

From a value perspective, he has had to be looking at all the print companies over the last few years, because they had plummeted. However, you have to ask how they are going to replace the revenues that are being lost on the print side. All of them have been attempting to go to the Internet, but it seems that they are getting about $.10 on every dollar that they used to have on the other side of the equation. A

much more speculative investment, and he has no idea of how it is going to turn out for them.

Michael Sprung
President, Sprung Investment Management
Price
$1.650
Owned
No
COMMENT
COMMENT
October 5, 2016

It seems that newspapers have to reimagine themselves. As a break up, you could see a bump up in value for this company, but feels the owners, (it is a closely held company from a voting control perspective) see this as a mission. To survive in the newspaper business, it needs to be reimagined, and he doesn’t see any one from the new generation signing up to have a newspaper delivered to their door.

TorstarCorp (B) (TS.B-T)
October 5, 2016

It seems that newspapers have to reimagine themselves. As a break up, you could see a bump up in value for this company, but feels the owners, (it is a closely held company from a voting control perspective) see this as a mission. To survive in the newspaper business, it needs to be reimagined, and he doesn’t see any one from the new generation signing up to have a newspaper delivered to their door.

Brendan Caldwell
President, Caldwell Securities
Price
$1.570
Owned
Unknown
WATCH
WATCH
September 22, 2016

The industry has been hammered in the last couple of years. It is hard to analyze. The results aren’t that transparent. It is hard to know how it is doing organically. He does not think the company was that well managed in the past. It is a wait and see approach.

TorstarCorp (B) (TS.B-T)
September 22, 2016

The industry has been hammered in the last couple of years. It is hard to analyze. The results aren’t that transparent. It is hard to know how it is doing organically. He does not think the company was that well managed in the past. It is a wait and see approach.

Stephen Takacsy, B. Eng, MBA
Chief Investment Officer & Portfolio Mgr, Lester Asset Management
Price
$1.700
Owned
Unknown
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