Option Assignment – The Jean Coutu Group

Another position exits my portfolio. Earlier in the month, I had written a covered call option on The Jean Coutu Group (PJC.A.TO). The option expired on Friday Jul 15, 2016 with the stock ending up in-the-money, which resulted in the stock getting called away. I owned PJC.A.TO for approximately two and a half years and the company has traded sideways during the duration, although it reached a high of mid-$20s about a year ago.

I still believe in the long term growth of PJC and sad to see this stock get called away, but its a risk you take with options trading. Making a decent profit and staying in cash during these volatile times isn’t so bad I suppose…so I’m not complaining.

Overall gains (including dividends and option premiums): 17.88%

Jean Coutu Group (PJC.A.TO) Dividend Increase

The Jean Coutu Group (PJC.A.TO) announced 10% increase in its cash dividend. The quarterly cash dividend will increase from $0.10 to $0.11 per share and payable on May 29, 2015, to shareholders on record as of May 15, 2015. The annual dividend amount increases from $0.40 to $0.44. Yield going forward is 1.78%.

From the Q4 earnings report:

  • Revenues increased by 4.2% to $713.9 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2015 compared with the same quarter of last year.
  • Net profit per share remained stable at $0.30 during the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2015 compared with the same quarter of last year.
  • The quarterly dividend increased by 10% to $0.11 per share.
  • The Toronto Stock Exchange accepted the Corporation’s notice of intention to purchase up to 7,983,000 of the Corporation’s outstanding class “A” subordinate voting shares in the 12-month period ending May 6, 2016.

My portfolio consists of 100 shares of PJC.A.TO, which increases my annual dividends from $40 to $44, an increase of $4.