Power offers quality at a discount

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Power Corp. gives you exposure to a number of high-quality companies that will gain from an ongoing economic recovery. It also trades at a holding company discount, which puts more assets to work for you, and adds a lot of appeal. POWER CORP. $27.66 (Toronto symbol POW; Shares outstanding: 409.3 million; Market cap: $11.3 billion; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; Dividend yield: 4.2%) is a diversified holding company. It holds its financial assets through 66.1%-owned Power Financial. Power Corp.’s financial assets include 68.4% of Great-West Lifeco, one of Canada’s largest life insurers, and 56.6% of IGM Financial, one of the country’s leading mutual-fund companies. Power Financial also owns 50% of holding company Parjointco, which holds a 54.1% stake in Switzerland-listed Pargesa Holdings SA. Pargesa has 95% of its assets in five large European companies: Imerys (minerals), Total SA (oil), Pernod Ricard (wine and spirits), Suez (energy, water and waste services) and Lafarge SA (cement and building materials). Excluding one-time items, Power Corp.’s earnings rose…

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