I follow many preferred shares in the mortgage REIT sector. On top of the preferred shares, there are a few baby bonds in the mix. Baby bonds work similar to preferred shares. One of the main differences is that preferred shares are subordinate to baby bonds.
Global Indemnity (GBLI) is an insurance company with two securities which are baby bonds, GBLIZ and GBLIL. Global Indemnity does not have major credit risk in the near future, in my opinion.
I have owned GBLIL in the past, but sold it as it climbed above my buy zone. GBLIL has come back into the target buy zone.
Treasury prices climbed but these baby bonds didn’t move much. Both securities are selling at a material premium. The premium is essentially irrelevant given other strong metrics. GBLIL is the clear winner, but GBLIZ is also a good investment.
Here are the prices of the two securities from GBLI and my ratings:
GBLIZ is $0.15 above a buy and $0.68 below a sell.
GBLIL also has a wide hold range. GBLIL is $0.12 into my buy range. The price would have to go from $25.78 to $26.74 for the rating to become a sell. These wide ranges are a product of call protection:
GBLIZ has almost 3 years of call protection on the calendar.
GBLIL has about 4.5 years of call protection. On top of the massive call protection comes a great stripped yield:
- 7.63% for GBLIZ
- 7.76% for GBLIL
GBLIL has 1.5 years of call protection on GBLIZ. It also has an extra 13 basis points on the stripped yield. The cost is only $0.14 higher for GBLIL, which has materially better metrics. The worst-cash-to-call won’t matter for a few years, but both securities are in the dark green. Worst-cash-to-call:
- GBLIZ: $5.18
- GBLIL: $8.58
Both securities offer a great yield and are a fine pick for an investor diversifying their risk by picking a company outside of the REIT space for a solid yield on a baby bond. GBLIL is the winner right now by a material margin.
The market capitalization over preferred liquidation ratio for GBLI at 3.07 is on the lower end. However, GBLI has a great credit rating and its common stock is doing well.
GBLIZ is a moderate investment right now with a few years of call protection. GBLIZ also comes with a nice stripped yield at 7.63%. It is outshined currently by GBLIL. GBLIL has significantly more call protection and comes with a higher yield at 7.76%. These two strong metrics justify a larger premium when compared to GBLIZ. GBLIL is in the buy zone. For investors outside the United States, the interest income may be preferential to the dividends on preferred shares.
Here’s additional information on the preferred share stripped yields:
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Broker and preferred share tickers
Almost every major broker in the United States has their own method for referring to preferred shares. I put together a spreadsheet that cross-references each of the major brokers along with the symbol they use for each preferred share. Here are the different tickers for the preferred shares by broker.
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