Brookfield Asset Management Inc. (Brookfield) is a global asset management company. The Company operate and manage assets in property, renewable power, infrastructure, specialty investment funds, and fixed income and real estate securities. The subsidiaries of the Company are Brookfield Homes Corporation, Brookfield Properties Corporation, BPO Properties Limited, Multiplex, Brookfield Power Inc., Great Lakes Hydro Income Fund, Brascan Brasil, S.A., Brascan Residential Properties, S.A. and Brookfield Investments Corporation.
Upside potential of the shares:
- The preferreds trade at Junk level valuation. Pref issues M and N trade on a perpetual basis at 11-12% discount rate. However, BAM is an investment grade rated firm; its rating was recently affirmed by DBRS.
- The preferred shares have a current yield of 9% for the two issues, at that yield you can double your money in about 10 years.
- Strong management team that have strong acquisition and valuation discipline
- Long term quality assets in place from power, infrastructure and property.
Downside risk for the preferred in particular:
- Interest rate risk: typically preferred shares go up when interest rates go down. This relationship have been broken lately due to negative sentiment and investors liquidating out of fear. The relationship will return to normal levels in due time. However the prospect of central banks raising rates in hurry after the credit crises subsides can hurt the preferred.
- Liquidity risk that can lead to withholding dividend payments.
- Leverage risk / adequate debt service provisions.
- Redemption risk as the company can redeem the issues at its option however the risk comes with a nice upside as it will be redeemed at par.
- Conversion risk to common by the company. Here the company can convert the issues to common but with a premium to the trading price of the common shares.
- Black swan: any event leading to company bankruptcy: book value of the company is $3.2 Billion ( total assets less intangibles less liabilities). If we assume a bankruptcy recovery rate between 55%-65%, reasonable rate as based junk bond historical recovery rates, we can see up to $2.5 billion to recover for equity and preferred shares. Off course preferred shares rank higher than common equity and should see full recovery of their book value; book value of all outstanding preferred is $870 million. And because we are buying those issues at deep discount we have almost 45% margin of safety.
Which issue to choose?
It depends on several things. you premium on liquidity as many issues have limited liquidity than others. Some issues have floating rate dividends while other have fixed rates. This requires more research on your part.
I am going to zero on issues B, M and N for selection.