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Investorfile returns had a year of ups, downs and ups again
Posted by: Gerry Wimmer
1/3/2021
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Average of high-point returns for Investorfile’s Top Ideas jumps to 368% to end 2020

If ever there was a year to expect the unexpected, 2020 was it for small cap investments. The first eight weeks of 2020 were great for investors. But, when COVID-19 arrived in North America, small cap stocks felt the brunt of the pain from the market crash, with low valuations and little liquidity. Then, from mid-summer on, there was hope of recovery, which the markets rallied on, and small cap stocks started to recover some of their losses. This recovery trend is still present today, but with significant trading volatility based on the headline news of the day.

Despite COVID-19, Investorfile still added two new small cap value stock picks to its list of Top Ideas in 2020: EcoSynthetix (TSX: ECO) and Boardwalktech Software (TSXV: BWLK). So far, EcoSynthetix is a star performer, with the stock price up 117% in value thus far. The two stocks added replace two of our Top Ideas on our active list that where subject to takeovers early in 2020: Intrinsyc Technologies and Posera.

The high point (highest stock price close) average return for all of our Top Ideas since the inception of the Investorfile blog in December 2011 rose to 368% by the end of 2020. This is up significantly from the average of 318% at the end of 2019, driven by several Investorfile stocks that hit all-time highs over the past year. Average current returns at the end of 2020 are 270%, which is essentially unchanged year-over-year.

Investorfile has documented 22 picks that, to date, make up our list of Top Ideas – Small Cap Value stocks. This summarizes the performances of our Top Ideas over the past nine years:

  • Average high-point returns based on highest closing stock price equals 368%
  • Average current returns to date (which includes all dividends paid) equals 270%
  • Three of our 22 stock picks currently have negative returns after reaching new highs
  • Nine takeovers/privatizations at a premium to stock price
  • Paid out a combined total of $0.95 per share of dividends

The top five share price performers among our Top Ideas during the 12 months of 2020:

  • Gatekeeper Systems (TSXV: GSI) +207%
  • EcoSynthetix (TSX: ECO) +117%
  • Intouch Insight (TSXV: INX) +75%
  • Sangoma Technologies (TSXV: STC) +42%
  • AirIQ (TSXV: IQ) +40%

As of December 31, 2020, Investorfile’s Small Cap Value Stocks Top Ideas all-time rankings for high-point returns are as follows ($C):

High-point returns exclude dividends with the exception of takeovers.
Dividends are deducted from share price cost-base for calculation of current and final returns.

  1. Sangoma Technologies Corp., TSXV: STC C$3.55
    High-point return: +1644%
    Current return: +1590%
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  2. Questor Technology Inc., TSXV: QST C$2.44
    High-point return: +1374%
    Current return: +542%
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  3. Gatekeeper Systems Inc., TSXV: GSI C$0.69
    High-point return: +783%
    Current return: +529%
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  4. Quorum Information Technologies Inc., TSXV: QIS C$1.05
    High-point return: +725%
    Current return: +425%
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  5. RDM Corporation, Takeover in 2017 @C$5.45
    High-point return: +708% (includes dividends)
    Final return: +708% (includes dividends)
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  6. WANTED Technologies Corp., Takeover in 2015 @C$1.79
    High-point return: +478%
    Final return: +478%
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  7. AirIQ Inc., TSXV: IQ C$0.35
    High-point return: +450%
    Current return: +340%
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  8. Intrinsyc Technologies Corp., Takeover in 2020 @C$1.90
    High-point return: +279%
    Final return: +153%
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  9. Titan Logix Corp., TSXV: TLA C$0.325
    High-point return: +234%
    Current return: -28%
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  10. Intouch Insight Ltd., TSXV: INX C$0.495
    High-point return: +211%
    Current return: +168%
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  11. Posera Ltd., Takeover 2020 C$0.12
    High-point return: +200%
    Final return: +10%
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  12. Radiant Communications Corp., Takeover in 2013 @C$1.43
    High-point return: +180%
    Final return: +180%
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  13. Caldwell Partners Interntaional Inc. TSX: CWL C$1.12
    High-point return: +149%
    Current return: +540% (includes dividends)
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  14. EcoSynthetix Inc., TSX: ECO C$3.69
    High-point return: +119%
    Current return: +117%
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  15. Avante Logixx Inc., TSXV: XX C$1.44
    High-point return: +114%
    Current return: 31%
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  16. IWG Technologies Corp., Takeover in 2017 @C$0.43
    High-point return: +95%
    Final return: +95%
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  17. Destiny Media Technologies Inc., TSXV: DSY C$0.95
    High-point return: +94%
    Current return: -12%
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  18. Novra Technologies Inc., TSXV: NVI C$0.075
    High-point return: +90%
    Current return: -50%
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  19. Boardwalktech Software Corp., TSXV: BWLK C$0.61
    High-point return: +52%
    Current return: +17%
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  20. DDS Wireless International Inc., Takeover in 2014 @C$2.25
    High-point return: +48% (includes dividends)
    Final return: +48% (includes dividends)
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  21. Galvanic Applied Science Inc., Takeover in 2014 @C$1.70
    High-point return: +35%
    Final return: +17%
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  22. Ergoresearch Ltd., Takeover in 2018 @C$0.30
    High-point return: +30%
    Final return: +30%
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Author's ownership disclosure: YES: CWL, STC, XX, QIS, TLA, QST, INX, IQ, GSI, NVI, DSY, ECO, BWLK


Read Disclaimer:

This article is for informational purposes only. This article is based on the author's independent analysis and judgment and does not guarantee the information's accuracy or completeness. The information contained in this article is subject to change without notice, and the author assumes no responsibility to update the information contained in this article. The information contained within this article should not be construed as offering of investment advice. Those seeking direct investment advice, should consult a qualified, registered, investment professional. This is not a direct or implied solicitation to buy or sell securities. Readers are advised to conduct their own due diligence prior to considering buying or selling any stock.

Investorfile is not engaged in an investor relations agreement with Questor Technology Inc., Caldwell Partners International Inc., Avante Logixx Inc., Titan Logix Corp., Sangoma Technologies Corp., Quorum Information Technologies Inc., Intouch Insight Ltd., Gatekeeper Systems Inc., AirIQ Inc., Nova Technologies Inc. and Destiny Media Technologies Inc., Ecosynthetix Inc. and Boardwalktech Software Corp. nor has it received any compensation from Questor Technology Inc., Caldwell Partners International Inc., Avante Logixx Inc., Titan Logix Corp., Sangoma Technologies Corp., Quorum Information Technologies Inc., Intouch Insight Ltd., Gatekeeper Systems Inc., AirIQ Inc., Nova Technologies Inc. and Destiny Media Technologies Inc., Ecosynthetix Inc. and Boardwalktech Software Corp. for the preparation or distribution of this article.

The author of this article has acquired and may trade shares of Questor Technology Inc., Caldwell Partners International Inc., Avante Logixx Inc., Titan Logix Corp., Sangoma Technologies Corp., Quorum Information Technologies Inc., Intouch Insight Ltd., Gatekeeper Systems Inc., AirIQ Inc., Nova Technologies Inc. and Destiny Media Technologies Inc., Ecosynthetix Inc. and Boardwalktech Software Corp. through open market transactions and for investment purposes only.

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