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Executive Summary

Cascades Inc. produces, converts, and markets packaging and tissue products in Canada, the United States, Italy, and internationally.

Snowflake Analysis

Proven track record average dividend payer.

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Share Price & News

How has Cascades's share price performed over time and what events caused price changes?

Latest Share Price and Events

Stable Share Price: CAS's share price has been volatile over the past 3 months.

Market Performance

7 Day Return




CA Packaging


CA Market

1 Year Return




CA Packaging


CA Market

Return vs Industry: CAS exceeded the Canadian Packaging industry which returned -17.3% over the past year.

Return vs Market: CAS exceeded the Canadian Market which returned -11.4% over the past year.

Shareholder returns

7 Day1.5%3.3%2.0%
30 Day3.4%2.8%4.1%
90 Day20.1%2.9%-8.8%
1 Year63.1%59.0%-16.1%-17.3%-8.3%-11.4%
3 Year-11.9%-16.5%-24.5%-27.1%-0.2%-9.5%
5 Year101.2%85.1%51.1%41.2%15.9%-0.7%

Price Volatility Vs. Market

How volatile is Cascades's share price compared to the market and industry in the last 5 years?

Simply Wall St News


Is Cascades undervalued compared to its fair value and its price relative to the market?


Price to Earnings (PE) ratio

Share Price vs. Fair Value

Below Fair Value: CAS (CA$14.12) is trading above our estimate of fair value (CA$13.58)

Significantly Below Fair Value: CAS is trading above our estimate of fair value.

Price To Earnings Ratio

PE vs Industry: CAS is poor value based on its PE Ratio (19.8x) compared to the Packaging industry average (15x).

PE vs Market: CAS is poor value based on its PE Ratio (19.8x) compared to the Canadian market (13.1x).

Price to Earnings Growth Ratio

PEG Ratio: Insufficient data to calculate CAS's PEG Ratio to determine if it is good value.

Price to Book Ratio

PB vs Industry: CAS is good value based on its PB Ratio (0.9x) compared to the CA Packaging industry average (1.5x).

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Future Growth

How is Cascades forecast to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 4 analysts?


Forecasted annual revenue growth

Earnings and Revenue Growth Forecasts

Analyst Future Growth Forecasts

Earnings vs Savings Rate: Insufficient data to determine if CAS's forecast earnings growth is above the savings rate (1.7%).

Earnings vs Market: Insufficient data to determine if CAS's earnings are forecast to grow faster than the Canadian market

High Growth Earnings: Insufficient data to determine if earnings are expected to grow significantly over the next 3 years.

Revenue vs Market: CAS's revenue (0.6% per year) is forecast to grow slower than the Canadian market (5.9% per year).

High Growth Revenue: CAS's revenue (0.6% per year) is forecast to grow slower than 20% per year.

Earnings per Share Growth Forecasts

Future Return on Equity

Future ROE: Insufficient data to determine if CAS's Return on Equity is forecast to be high in 3 years time

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Past Performance

How has Cascades performed over the past 5 years?


Historical annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue History

Quality Earnings: CAS has a large one-off loss of CA$73.0M impacting its March 31 2020 financial results.

Growing Profit Margin: CAS's current net profit margins (1.3%) are higher than last year (0.4%).

Past Earnings Growth Analysis

Earnings Trend: CAS has become profitable over the past 5 years, growing earnings by 16.6% per year.

Accelerating Growth: CAS's earnings growth over the past year (233.9%) exceeds its 5-year average (16.6% per year).

Earnings vs Industry: CAS earnings growth over the past year (233.9%) exceeded the Packaging industry 34.7%.

Return on Equity

High ROE: CAS's Return on Equity (5.6%) is considered low.

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Financial Health

How is Cascades's financial position?

Financial Position Analysis

Short Term Liabilities: CAS's short term assets (CA$1.5B) exceed its short term liabilities (CA$1.0B).

Long Term Liabilities: CAS's short term assets (CA$1.5B) do not cover its long term liabilities (CA$2.7B).

Debt to Equity History and Analysis

Debt Level: CAS's debt to equity ratio (124.8%) is considered high.

Reducing Debt: CAS's debt to equity ratio has reduced from 176.2% to 124.8% over the past 5 years.

Debt Coverage: CAS's debt is well covered by operating cash flow (24.3%).

Interest Coverage: CAS's interest payments on its debt are not well covered by EBIT (3x coverage).

Balance Sheet

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What is Cascades's current dividend yield, its reliability and sustainability?


Current Dividend Yield

Dividend Yield vs Market

Notable Dividend: CAS's dividend (2.27%) is higher than the bottom 25% of dividend payers in the Canadian market (2.04%).

High Dividend: CAS's dividend (2.27%) is low compared to the top 25% of dividend payers in the Canadian market (6.51%).

Stability and Growth of Payments

Stable Dividend: CAS's dividends per share have been stable in the past 10 years.

Growing Dividend: CAS's dividend payments have increased over the past 10 years.

Current Payout to Shareholders

Dividend Coverage: With its reasonably low payout ratio (39.3%), CAS's dividend payments are well covered by earnings.

Future Payout to Shareholders

Future Dividend Coverage: Insufficient data to determine if a dividend will be paid in 3 years and that it will be covered by earnings.

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How experienced are the management team and are they aligned to shareholders interests?


Average management tenure


Mario Plourde (58yo)





Mr. Mario Plourde has been the Chief Executive Officer and President of Cascades, Inc., since May 9, 2013. Mr. Plourde has been Director at Cascades Inc. since November 06, 2014. Mr. Plourde served as the ...

CEO Compensation Analysis

Compensation vs Market: Mario's total compensation ($USD3.27M) is above average for companies of similar size in the Canadian market ($USD1.73M).

Compensation vs Earnings: Mario's compensation has been consistent with company performance over the past year.

Leadership Team

Mario Plourde
President7.08yrsCA$4.52m0.22% CA$2.9m
Allan Hogg
VP & CFO10.08yrsCA$1.38m0.094% CA$1.2m
Luc Langevin
President & COO of the Cascades Specialty Products Group9.08yrsCA$1.38m0.048% CA$641.5k
Charles Malo
President & COO of Containerboard Packaging Groupno dataCA$1.34m0.088% CA$1.2m
Dominic Doré
Chief Supply Chain & Information Officer10.42yrsno data0.019% CA$258.4k
Jennifer Aitken
Director of Investor Relationsno datano datano data
Robert Hall
Chief of Strategy4.42yrsCA$1.02m0.24% CA$3.3m
Hugo D'Amours
Vice-President of Communications7.42yrsno data0.0081% CA$107.4k
Maryse Fernet
Chief Human Resources Officer4.42yrsno data0.027% CA$355.0k
Thierry Trudel
Chief Experience Officerno datano data0.0068% CA$90.6k


Average Tenure


Average Age

Experienced Management: CAS's management team is seasoned and experienced (7.4 years average tenure).

Board Members

Mario Plourde
President7.08yrsCA$4.52m0.22% CA$2.9m
Georges Kobrynsky
Independent Director10.08yrsCA$143.50kno data
Michelle Cormier
Lead Directorno dataCA$136.75k0.0095% CA$127.1k
Laurence Sellyn
Independent Director7.08yrsCA$122.75kno data
Alain Lemaire
Co-Founder & Executive Chairman7.08yrsCA$1.24m5.57% CA$74.2m
Louis Garneau
Independent Director24.42yrsCA$98.50k0.0053% CA$70.9k
Sylvie Lemaire
Non-Independent Director21.42yrsCA$120.25k0.13% CA$1.8m
Sylvie Vachon
Independent Director7.08yrsCA$122.75k0.0042% CA$56.5k
Martin Couture
Independent Director3.92yrsCA$119.50k0.022% CA$299.2k
Élise Pelletier
Independent Director9.42yrsCA$120.25k0.0021% CA$28.3k


Average Tenure


Average Age

Experienced Board: CAS's board of directors are considered experienced (7.1 years average tenure).


Who are the major shareholders and have insiders been buying or selling?

Insider Trading Volume

Insider Buying: CAS insiders have bought more shares than they have sold in the past 3 months.

Recent Insider Transactions

Ownership Breakdown

Dilution of Shares: Shareholders have not been meaningfully diluted in the past year.

Top Shareholders

Company Information

Cascades Inc.'s company bio, employee growth, exchange listings and data sources

Key Information

  • Name: Cascades Inc.
  • Ticker: CAS
  • Exchange: TSX
  • Founded: 1964
  • Industry: Paper Packaging
  • Sector: Materials
  • Market Cap: CA$1.333b
  • Shares outstanding: 94.37m
  • Website: https://www.cascades.com

Number of Employees


  • Cascades Inc.
  • 404 Marie-Victorin Boulevard
  • PO Box 30
  • Kingsey Falls
  • Quebec
  • J0A 1B0
  • Canada


TickerExchangePrimary SecuritySecurity TypeCountryCurrencyListed on
CASTSX (The Toronto Stock Exchange)YesCommon SharesCACADOct 1984
CS6DB (Deutsche Boerse AG)YesCommon SharesDEEUROct 1984
CADN.FOTCPK (Pink Sheets LLC)YesCommon SharesUSUSDOct 1984


Cascades Inc. produces, converts, and markets packaging and tissue products in Canada, the United States, Italy, and internationally. The company operates through four segments: Containerboard, Boxboard Europe, Specialty Products, and Tissue Papers. It provides containerboards, and coated recycled and virgin boxboards, as well as converts corrugated products. The company also offers uncoated recycled paperboards for use in packaging converters and industrial users of headers and wrappers for the paper industry, as well as partitions that are used as protective packaging; honeycomb paperboards for the beer, wine, and spirits industry; laminated paperboards for food packaging and furniture backing industries; and specialty containers, structural components, and paperboard and fiber composites. In addition, it provides egg filler flats and egg cartons for egg processors and four-cup carriers for the quick-service restaurant industry; polystyrene foam trays for processors and retailers in the food industry; rigid plastic packaging products for food processors and retailers; and flexible films for frozen foods, bakery, and ice industries. Further, the company offers bathroom and facial tissues, paper towels, paper hand towels and napkins, and other related products and services under the Cascades PRO Signature, Cascades PRO Perform, Cascades PRO Select, Cascades PRO Tandem, and Cascades PRO Tuff-Job brands; and under the Cascades Fluff, Cascades Tuff, April Soft, Best Value, and Optima labels, as well as private labels and other secondary marks. Additionally, it offers services to recover and process discarded materials for the municipal, industrial, commercial, and institutional sectors. The company sells its products through own sales force and external representatives. Cascades Inc. was founded in 1964 and is headquartered in Kingsey Falls, Canada. 

Company Analysis and Financial Data Status

All financial data provided by Standard & Poor's Capital IQ.
DataLast Updated (UTC time)
Company Analysis2020/06/01 10:19
End of Day Share Price2020/05/29 00:00
Annual Earnings2019/12/31

Unless specified all financial data is based on a yearly period but updated quarterly. This is known as Trailing Twelve Month (TTM) or Last Twelve Month (LTM) Data. Learn more here.