TORONTO, CANADA, Oct. 05, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Canadian General Investments, Limited (CGI) (TSX: CGI, CGI.PR.D) (LSE: CGI) reports on an unaudited basis that its net asset value per share (NAV) at September 30, 2020 was $41.83, resulting in year-to-date and 12-month NAV returns, with dividends reinvested, of 15.0% and 23.7%, respectively. These compare with the -3.1% and 0.0% returns of the benchmark S&P/TSX Composite Index on a total return basis for the same periods.
The Company employs a leveraging strategy, by way of preference shares and bank borrowing, in an effort to enhance returns to common shareholders. As at September 30, 2020, the combined leverage afforded by both forms of leverage represented 20.1% of CGI’s net assets, down from 22.7% at the end of 2019 and 24.3% at September 30, 2019.
The worldwide spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact on such factors as business operations, supply chains, travel, commodity prices and consumer confidence, and the associated impact on domestic and international equity markets and fixed income yields, is expected to continue to have a significant influence on the equity markets and could significantly impact the value of investments held by CGI during 2020, and potentially beyond. While it is too early to predict the overall impact of COVID-19 related factors, during a time of increased uncertainty and volatility, it is to be expected that the financial results could be negatively affected in the near term. Morgan Meighen & Associates Limited, the manager of the Company, will maintain its consistent, steady, long-term approach of holding diversified, appropriate investments, while pursuing selective new opportunities.
The closing price for CGI’s common shares at September 30, 2020 was $26.53, resulting in year-to-date and 12-month share price returns, with dividends reinvested, of 3.8% and 12.7%, respectively.
The sector weightings of CGI’s investment portfolio at market as of September 30, 2020 were as follows:
|Cash & Cash Equivalents||4.4||%|
The top ten investments which comprised 42.2% of the investment portfolio at market as of September 30, 2020 were as follows:
|Canadian Pacific Railway Limited||4.4||%|
|The Descartes Systems Group Inc.||2.9||%|
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
Canadian General Investments, Limited
Jonathan A. Morgan
President and CEO
Phone: (416) 366-2931
Fax: (416) 366-2729
e-mail: [email protected]