Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Shareholder Class

Looked at an interesting company today called Sport Chalet, Inc. They sell sporting goods and provides various lessons on skiing and scuba diving in Nevada and California. From a fundamental standpoint, the company itself is nothing interesting. It's trading for about 12x earnings (though its a bit less than it's industry peers). But it just got done with an interesting stock split, where the "Common Stock" was made into Class B, and Class B shares got 7 Class A shares as a stock dividend.

Class A common stock holds 1/20th of a vote for every share, and Class B stock holds 1 vote for every share. Class A common stock also gets 110% of dividends that Class B gets, in order to offset for any discounts that it might be trading on the market.

Currently, the Class A share is trading at a discount of about 16.7% relative to the class B. How did I figure that out?

Well, the ratio of A : B shares outstanding was 7, and the ratio of A : B market capitalization is 6. Technically, there should be no discount due to the 110% dividend provision, but alas, there is. This is a classic arbitrage opportunity! Why don't we buy a million shares of Class A and short 900,000 shares of class B!

Wait... oh snap... this company only trades about 5,000 shares a day... poop.
The entire company is worth about 140m--A and B combined.

Pick it up for the PA and make some pocket change if you'd like, but this can't possibly go in the IAG porfolio (at 2% daily volume)--since the commissions will more than offset any gains.

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