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Old 02-28-2021, 08:56 PM   #161
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I cannot find the article I read, but recently Steel Partners was increasing their stake in a company that had great forward carryover tax losses, perhaps even a complete takeover. The last acquisition they made was with the SPLP shares instead of cash, and that created a buying opportunity when those stockholders dumped their newly acquired shares. I was a buyer then and still hold them.


They love those tax loss carryovers! The beauty of this issue is if company can stay viable, the preferred will be forced to drift towards par as it gets closer to redemption. Say in 4 years it just wont sit at $20 as when was last time a solvent company offered a 31% term dated one year return (25% plus the 6% annual divi). I dont know of such situation.
Im still keeping it very modest, but have to think longer term here as a hold.
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Old 03-01-2021, 10:55 AM   #162
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OTRKP (and the common) getting hammered today. Looks like they lost their biggest customer and revised down 2021 Revenue guidance from $165M to $100M.
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OTRKP (and the common) getting hammered today. Looks like they lost their biggest customer and revised down 2021 Revenue guidance from $165M to $100M.
Wow - I have no horse in that race (thankfully), but huge impact. Not sure how this company keeps operating. Last 6 years their operating income has been negative, even during the good times.... and losses posted every year. Here's the Operating Income:
2015: -9,182
2016: -8,998
2017: -12,232
2018: -13,626
2019: -20,014
2020: -14,900

I saw this: RBC Capital downgraded Ontrak to sector perform from outperform and reduced its price target to $32 from $82.
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Wow - I have no horse in that race (thankfully), but huge impact. Not sure how this company keeps operating. Last 6 years their operating income has been negative, even during the good times.... and losses posted every year. Here's the Operating Income:
2015: -9,182
2016: -8,998
2017: -12,232
2018: -13,626
2019: -20,014
2020: -14,900

I saw this: RBC Capital downgraded Ontrak to sector perform from outperform and reduced its price target to $32 from $82.

One of those dingbat women on Fast Money 3-4 months ago was pumping bigly the common stock. I checked the financials and didnt see any cattle in that hat, so I had no interest in the preferred either.
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Wow - I have no horse in that race (thankfully), but huge impact.
Bob, I thought you bought some back in December. Did you sell them already?
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Bob, I thought you bought some back in December. Did you sell them already?
Yeah, bought them on the dip back in December. Then bought some more as they dipped a bit further (under $24). As they approached par I unloaded my holdings of OTRKP in early Feb. I wanted to move money into equities.

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My list is a bit shorter than it's been, made decision to get into equities to ride the lift up in the market and also considering yields and possible call on some issues. Here's what I'm still holding.

CEQP-, CHMI-B, CMRE-C, EP-C, GMLPP, NYCB-U, QRTEP, UZC
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I don't know how many holding MDLY and it's Sr Notes, but while it's been expected but according to Quantum it's official that distribution suspended on MDLQ and MDLX. Both have taken a beating since it was announced yesterday. Both are now down 50% from Monday's open. By comparison, the common shares down only 15%.

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Ok, I think I previously posted that I moved my tIRA preferred portfolio from Fidelity to Schwab because Fidelity was playing nanny over what tickers that I could trade online and that was annoying.

So yesterday I received my first dividend from a Canadian preferred that I own (EBBNF) and Schwab went and withheld 15% of the dividend for taxes! I recall this being an issue so looked back at the last thread and saw the post from aja8888:

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I spoke to Schwab's Global Trading Desk today and the agent told me that the agreed upon tax exemption in an IRA is a function of the stock prospectus published by the company. The agent seemed very clear on that ruling and even looked it up.
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So has issue been resolved yet Aja? This is an international treaty...The trouble is brokerage blames intermediary who takes it out at the source before brokerage receives money. Its a blame game...A few people stated they had to fill out a Canadian form to get it resolved...ERRAF had same issue with me and another guy. I wasnt as persistant as they said it wasnt their fault. Another guy made repeated calls until they fixed the issue. And that mixed my problem also.
I did look back and received numerous dividends when I held this issue in my Fidelity IRA and they never withheld tax on either of my two Canadian preferreds (ALTGF being the other one).

Schwab says that the bank that they use to process these did the withholding and it must be done for all dividends (but not interest)... I suggested that they should move from the dumb bank that they use to the smarter bank that Fidelity uses. Anyway, the guy is escalating it but I sense that I am pushing a rope.

aja, did you ever get this resolved? Have any of you who have Canadian preferreds in a Schwab tIRA found a way to avoid it and if so, how? Does anyone know if Vanguard does or does not withhold for Canadian dividends received in a tIRA or Roth?

I don't really want to move back to Fidelity or sell both of these issues... I guess that I could move the two Canadian issues back to Fido, but then I would have preferreds spread out among 4 different retirement accounts and I'm trying to minimize that hassle too.
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aja, did you ever get this resolved? Have any of you who have Canadian preferreds in a Schwab tIRA found a way to avoid it and if so, how?
No, I just sold the issue shortly after that. No more Canadians for me.
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Have any of you who have Canadian preferreds in a Schwab tIRA found a way to avoid it and if so, how?
I don't think this will help much, but I also had this issue at Schwab, but with a common stock, SAN. I never could get it figured out, so the only way around it was to take the dividend as stock, where they didn't withhold.
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Yeah, the Schwab guy just called me back. I guess that some of these Canadian preferreds can be held by DTC and those that can't be held by DTC are held by Citi... if your particular ticker is held by DTC then no withholding but if held by Citi then Citi withholds 15%. I repeated it back to him and asked him if he realized how stupid that sounds... and he said that there was noting that they could do.

I'm going to call Vanguard and see if they withhold... if they don't then I'll have them transferred to my Vanguard tIRA. If Vanguard does withhold then I'll either transfer them back to Fidelity or sell them. Actually, they are my two best gainers so perhaps I should just sell them anyway but at the same time they are the two highest yielders too so I would sort of like to keep them.
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Yeah, the Schwab guy just called me back. I guess that some of these Canadian preferreds can be held by DTC and those that can't be held by DTC are held by Citi... if your particular ticker is held by DTC then no withholding but if held by Citi then Citi withholds 15%. I repeated it back to him and asked him if he realized how stupid that sounds... and he said that there was noting that they could do.

I'm going to call Vanguard and see if they withhold... if they don't then I'll have them transferred to my Vanguard tIRA. If Vanguard does withhold then I'll either transfer them back to Fidelity or sell them. Actually, they are my two best gainers so perhaps I should just sell them anyway but at the same time they are the two highest yielders too so I would sort of like to keep them.


PB, Schwab is an OTC Canadian disaster. TD is decent on withholding or not correctly most of time and always designated QDI correctly. Vanguard for me anyways shut down all Canadian OTC purchases. I was allowed to hold what I had but since sold.
My only problems were occasional incorrect withholding held in a Roth. I threw in towel and just hold when I do in taxable account and get the money back when I file my taxes.
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No, I just sold the issue shortly after that. No more Canadians for me.
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PB, Schwab is an OTC Canadian disaster. TD is decent on withholding or not correctly most of time and always designated QDI correctly. Vanguard for me anyways shut down all Canadian OTC purchases. I was allowed to hold what I had but since sold.
My only problems were occasional incorrect withholding held in a Roth. I threw in towel and just hold when I do in taxable account and get the money back when I file my taxes.
I ended up throwing in the towel too. I did talk with Vanguard and they said that they do not do 15% withholding for those securities but they would not accept one of my two tickers. For 2 tickers out of about 40 that I currently have it just wasn't worth the effort so I sold them... for a lot more than what I paid for them... so overall the trip was good.

Now the hunt for replacements begins.
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PB, Here is one to think about...I bought 12 shares at it is a $1000 par issue..

For those that may be interested, Edison International parent of Southern Cal Edison issue a $1000 “par” preferred that went live today. A pedestrian 5.375% fixed, for first 5 years. After that resets to 5 year treasury bond yield plus 4.698%. Resets in March 2026 and every 5 years thereafter. There is no utility preferred with that high of a reset adjustment out there which is the long term appeal. Reset preferreds are just entering US market. Ute NI-B issued one a couple years ago that resets in March 2024 with a 3.63% plus 5 year and presently trades at $27.27.
I personally bought 12 today off the bond desk using the cuspid as this will not trade on the exchanges or OTC.

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That sounds interesting, but I already have a slug of SCE-L (aka SCE.PRL) that has a 5% coupon and I'm in it at $23.10 for a 5.4% yield.... would the above issue be duplicative from a diversification perspective? As I read it it was issued by the parent rather than the operating subsidiary, right?

It looks like the sub is a slightly better credit all else being equal? SCE-L is BB+ and SCE's senior debt is BBB, a notch higher than the parent's senior debt so I'm guessing that the parent's preferred would be BB.... make sense?

That 4.698% reset does seem attractive... the 5-year treasury would only need to be 0.302 to get the same "coupon" as SCE-L... anything above that would be gravy. What was the pricing like?
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PB, Here is one to think about...I bought 12 shares at it is a $1000 par issue..

For those that may be interested, Edison International parent of Southern Cal Edison issue a $1000 “par” preferred that went live today. A pedestrian 5.375% fixed, for first 5 years. After that resets to 5 year treasury bond yield plus 4.698%. Resets in March 2026 and every 5 years thereafter. There is no utility preferred with that high of a reset adjustment out there which is the long term appeal. Reset preferreds are just entering US market. Ute NI-B issued one a couple years ago that resets in March 2024 with a 3.63% plus 5 year and presently trades at $27.27.
I personally bought 12 today off the bond desk using the cuspid as this will not trade on the exchanges or OTC.

https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/d...2913d424b5.htm
Interesting... any idea how the dividends will be treated , as in 15% like a regular dividend or not ?

I looked for but didn't find the cuspid ?
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Interesting... any idea how the dividends will be treated , as in 15% like a regular dividend or not ?

I looked for but didn't find the cuspid ?


Since I have the info, it would be useful if I shared it huh? Sorry I forgot to post...Cuspid is 281020AS6
You may have to assist and tell them its an Edison International $1000 preferred stock.
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That sounds interesting, but I already have a slug of SCE-L (aka SCE.PRL) that has a 5% coupon and I'm in it at $23.10 for a 5.4% yield.... would the above issue be duplicative from a diversification perspective? As I read it it was issued by the parent rather than the operating subsidiary, right?

It looks like the sub is a slightly better credit all else being equal? SCE-L is BB+ and SCE's senior debt is BBB, a notch higher than the parent's senior debt so I'm guessing that the parent's preferred would be BB.... make sense?

That 4.698% reset does seem attractive... the 5-year treasury would only need to be 0.302 to get the same "coupon" as SCE-L... anything above that would be gravy. What was the pricing like?


It was rated BB+ from what I was told. Edison is the holding company that owns SCE. So it would be structurally subordinate to SCE. Typically its fighting over pennies as it would all go down together. Look at Pacific Gas and Electric and its holding company. They both went under together and escaped bankruptcy together.
Its qualified QDI income.

Distributions on the Series A Preferred Stock constituting dividend income received by a U.S. holder that is an individual generally will be subject to taxation at preferential rates as qualified dividend income, provided applicable holding period requirements are met and certain other conditions are satisfied. Distributions on the Series A Preferred Stock constituting dividend income paid to U.S. holders that are U.S. corporations generally will qualify for the dividends-received deduction, provided applicable holding period requirements are met and certain other conditions are satisfied and subject to various limitations.

I only bought 12k, but I would have bought 50k if it was from my local utility Ameren MO or holding company Ameren holding company. Maybe local bias...or anti CA bias, lol.
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3 days in a row I've had sell orders in on SPLP-A and each day I see trades at my limit but for whatever reason mine aren't getting executed. I didn't check the "all or None" box so I'm not sure how the algorithm works to decide which shares to take at that price. Any ideas?
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I picked up some more EP+C today under $50.
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