A few years ago I bought 50 shares of Avigilon Corp (TSE:AVO) at a price of $25 per share. Avigilon is a surveillance and security company based in Vancouver. The idea for the trade was to ride the momentum up and then sell it for a profit. Soon after however, instead of continuing to climb, the stock price dropped. 🙁 “Oh no”, I thought. But rather than admitting defeat and selling my shares at a loss I decided to buy even more at $14 per share. 😮 This is a fairly risky move. I would only double down on a stock if I was really confident about its long term profitability. Doing this averaged down my cost per share.
Because I bought 100 more AVO shares when it was cheaper, my average cost dropped from $25 to $18 per share on 150 shares total.
Well this swing trade had gone on for long enough. I recently decided to get out of this trade and take my profit. 🙂
Overall this has been a successful trade. My cost was about $2,600 including fees and interest charges. I used a small amount of margin to leverage my gains. I was able to sell all 150 shares last week at roughly $27 each with a total proceeds of $4,026.
That’s a decent 55% return on investment over the past 3.5 years, or annalized to 13% per year. 😀 Not too shabby, considering the broad market TSX composite index returned 2% per year over the same time.
Earlier this month AVO announced that it has a definitive agreement to be acquired by Motorola Solutions Inc. The takeover would value the company at $27 per share. This represents a generous premium for AVO and the stock price rose 17% immediately following the news. There doesn’t appear to be another company interested in making a better offer. This is probably the best price I’m ever going to get for this trade, which prompted my decision to sell last week. 🙂
AVO doesn’t pay a dividend so now I can use the cash proceeds from selling the stock to either pay down debt, or invest in some dividend stocks to buy and hold. I haven’t decided what I’ll do with the extra money yet.
Random Useless Fact:
In a study by Psychology Today, about 80% of people who have received mental health treatment say it was effective for them.