Empire Company (A)

EMP.A-T

TSE:EMP.A

31.57
0.09 (0.29%)
Empire Company Limited is a Canadian conglomerate engaged mostly in food retail and corporate investments. The company is headquartered in Stellarton, Nova Scotia. Empire Company also owns the Sobeys supermarket chain.
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July 25, 2016

(Market Call Minute) Messed up with Safeway acquisition. It is reflected in the price, which has been hit. It is probably too early to be buying.

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(Market Call Minute) Messed up with Safeway acquisition. It is reflected in the price, which has been hit. It is probably too early to be buying.

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July 20, 2016

We still haven’t seen a good quarter. Every quarter seems to have a write off and the numbers are disappointing. Wait until you see a turn around and they are reporting better numbers.

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We still haven’t seen a good quarter. Every quarter seems to have a write off and the numbers are disappointing. Wait until you see a turn around and they are reporting better numbers.

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July 12, 2016

This was down about 10%, because they reported their numbers which were very weak. They acquired Safeway a few years ago, and have had difficulty in integrating that. Safeway is very dominant in Western Canada, and with crude oil prices coming down, the Alberta economy has been weak. CEO stepped down, and when there is a senior management change, there might be a write down of goodwill. She would wait to see what evolves at the senior management level. (See Top Picks.)

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This was down about 10%, because they reported their numbers which were very weak. They acquired Safeway a few years ago, and have had difficulty in integrating that. Safeway is very dominant in Western Canada, and with crude oil prices coming down, the Alberta economy has been weak. CEO stepped down, and when there is a senior management change, there might be a write down of goodwill. She would wait to see what evolves at the senior management level. (See Top Picks.)

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DON'T BUY
July 8, 2016

CEO just left. A very tough industry to be in. Margins are paper thin and there are always things happening. There is more concern about contamination, biochemicals getting into the foods, etc. The takeover looked good on the surface, but this company’s emphasis was in the Maritimes and Québec. They might as well go to a different country, based on the psychology and culture, as to going out West.

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CEO just left. A very tough industry to be in. Margins are paper thin and there are always things happening. There is more concern about contamination, biochemicals getting into the foods, etc. The takeover looked good on the surface, but this company’s emphasis was in the Maritimes and Québec. They might as well go to a different country, based on the psychology and culture, as to going out West.

BUY
BUY
July 7, 2016

They’ve admitted making a significant error in their acquisition of Safeway on the West Coast, and took a huge write down. Thinks they are correct in that there will be synergies that will come to the surface, and that eventually it will turn out to be a good thing for them. The stock is trading at a significant discount to where it has been for the last year or 2.

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They’ve admitted making a significant error in their acquisition of Safeway on the West Coast, and took a huge write down. Thinks they are correct in that there will be synergies that will come to the surface, and that eventually it will turn out to be a good thing for them. The stock is trading at a significant discount to where it has been for the last year or 2.

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June 29, 2016

Really getting hammered today. A lot of it is self-inflicted from their acquisition of Safeway. Out West they are having a lot of integration problems having made some bad news in marketing and pricing. Eventually they will get it right. Not sure that now is the time to buy.

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Really getting hammered today. A lot of it is self-inflicted from their acquisition of Safeway. Out West they are having a lot of integration problems having made some bad news in marketing and pricing. Eventually they will get it right. Not sure that now is the time to buy.

BUY
BUY
June 24, 2016

Has finally joined the club of grocery chains that has messed up and fallen flat on their face. It looks like they bought Safeway right at the top. Integration is not going well. Last 2 quarters have been poor. It is going to take some time. If you are a patient, long-term investor, this is an excellent time to buy. 1.9% dividend yield.

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Has finally joined the club of grocery chains that has messed up and fallen flat on their face. It looks like they bought Safeway right at the top. Integration is not going well. Last 2 quarters have been poor. It is going to take some time. If you are a patient, long-term investor, this is an excellent time to buy. 1.9% dividend yield.

DON'T BUY
DON'T BUY
June 17, 2016

This is the parent company of the Sobey family, with Sobey’s being the biggest asset. This is the type of stock he would like to own because supermarkets are generally a good business. The problem is that Sobey’s bought the Canadian assets of Safeway, and it had a very, very tough time integrating those assets. Until they show the are doing a better job of bringing it around, he would avoid the stock.

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This is the parent company of the Sobey family, with Sobey’s being the biggest asset. This is the type of stock he would like to own because supermarkets are generally a good business. The problem is that Sobey’s bought the Canadian assets of Safeway, and it had a very, very tough time integrating those assets. Until they show the are doing a better job of bringing it around, he would avoid the stock.

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COMMENT
June 3, 2016

Consumer staple stocks tend to do well in the summer. This is a time when you want to collect things with yield. This one has a bit of yield at 1.7%. It tends to run up to a September peak. There is a decent gain, but the technicals leave much to be desired. There is a long-term declining trend, and gapped lower in March, which tends to act as resistance. Not the best consumers staple. (See Top Picks.)

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Consumer staple stocks tend to do well in the summer. This is a time when you want to collect things with yield. This one has a bit of yield at 1.7%. It tends to run up to a September peak. There is a decent gain, but the technicals leave much to be desired. There is a long-term declining trend, and gapped lower in March, which tends to act as resistance. Not the best consumers staple. (See Top Picks.)

DON'T BUY
DON'T BUY
June 2, 2016

Sobey’s had some difficulties lately. The last quarter showed they were having some degree of trouble in integrating their Western Canada operations. About every 10 years, they seem to go through these cycles. This time it seems to be the integration of Safeway’s. Discount grocery stores are really stealing share away from the major banners. Let things settle out a little bit more, especially in Alberta. Dividend yield is under 2%.

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Sobey’s had some difficulties lately. The last quarter showed they were having some degree of trouble in integrating their Western Canada operations. About every 10 years, they seem to go through these cycles. This time it seems to be the integration of Safeway’s. Discount grocery stores are really stealing share away from the major banners. Let things settle out a little bit more, especially in Alberta. Dividend yield is under 2%.

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HOLD
May 31, 2016

They’ve had some problems integrating the Safeway acquisition. Thinks that over time they will get that right. Also, Western Canada will start firing on all cylinders again. Long-term you are okay. You’ll just have a little bit of difficulty in the short term. Valuation is getting to be very attractive right now.

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They’ve had some problems integrating the Safeway acquisition. Thinks that over time they will get that right. Also, Western Canada will start firing on all cylinders again. Long-term you are okay. You’ll just have a little bit of difficulty in the short term. Valuation is getting to be very attractive right now.

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COMMENT
May 25, 2016

This might be a buying opportunity. Sobey’s has done a very good job of running their business and Empire is the holding company. They did a big acquisition when they took over Safeway in Western Canada.

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This might be a buying opportunity. Sobey’s has done a very good job of running their business and Empire is the holding company. They did a big acquisition when they took over Safeway in Western Canada.

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DON'T BUY
May 16, 2016

They are having trouble integrating Safeway. He would prefer L-T for the Shoppers exposure, but he does not own anything in grocery right now.

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They are having trouble integrating Safeway. He would prefer L-T for the Shoppers exposure, but he does not own anything in grocery right now.

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May 2, 2016

He thinks there is some value in this area. Maybe it could go a little bit lower, but there should be some support here. It probably looks interesting here, however when they are having challenges in execution, the market will keep it down. Above $23 it would say the market is building confidence in them.

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He thinks there is some value in this area. Maybe it could go a little bit lower, but there should be some support here. It probably looks interesting here, however when they are having challenges in execution, the market will keep it down. Above $23 it would say the market is building confidence in them.

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COMMENT
April 27, 2016

(Market call minute.) He would prefer Loblaw’s (L-T).

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(Market call minute.) He would prefer Loblaw’s (L-T).

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