There was an interesting article in the National Post on Thursday that has me thinking about one of my Value holdings, AGF Management.
AGF (AGF.B) is a Canadian mutual fund company that recently has slid under $20 per share which puts their current valuation at under 10x forward earnings and a dividend yield of 5%.
In most instances a company with strong cashflow and a depressed market valuation would look towards buying back shares aggressively as a prudent method of increasing shareholder value.
AGF had previously announced a $60M plan to buy back some of its share for cancellation, but in the most recent quarter no shares had been acquired under the plan.
The article by David Pett can be found here.
This is a prime example of an opportunity I advocate to add new information into my SWOT to review on a regular basis on any company that I own. While not buying back shares isn’t the end of the world for a company or its shareholders, I have to wonder what motivation AGF management currently has in not utilizing the current buyback plan at this current market valuation.
One possibility is that they could be in private negotiations for an acquisition or sale and this is influencing their current decision.