Updating FPI Ltd., Fording Canadian Coal Trust, Gennum Corp., and Versacold Income Fund

FPI LTD. $7.85 earned $0.25 a share in the third quarter of 2006 compared with a loss of $0.35 a year earlier, thanks to cost controls and the extra earnings from recent acquisitions. However, sales fell 15.4%, to $174.5 million from $206.2 million, due to lower selling prices for fish products and the high Canadian dollar. Hold.

FORDING CANADIAN COAL TRUST $24 has reorganized itself from an income trust into a royalty trust. The change removed restrictions on foreign ownership, and should increase Fording’s liquidity (the units also trade in New York). The new structure will not affect Fording’s current $3.80 annual distribution rate, which yields 15.8%. Buy.

GENNUM CORP. $14 has gained over 40% in the past six months, mainly due to a new plan to improve customer service. The company also aims to expand its overseas sales. Gennum probably earned $0.55 a share in its fiscal year ended November 30, 2006. But profits could grow to $0.77 in fiscal 2007, and the stock trades at 18.2 times that figure. Buy.

VERSACOLD INCOME FUND $9.30 fell to $7.60 after Ottawa announced its intention to start taxing income trusts in 2011. But Versacold’s large tax loss carryforwards will help cut its future tax bill. Buy.

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