According to a national survey, Canadians have favourite stores that they trust and admire. We made a list of these companies.
On the other hand, there are some companies that Canadians don’t like or don’t trust. These companies might suffer from bad publicity or have business practices that are not viewed favourably by Canadians. Having a positive reputation is important to have a reputed and thriving company. Here are the companies that Canadians don’t like to shop at:
Pfizer Inc (PFE-N)
The epipen shortage and general distrust of pharma-companies have hit their reputation among Canadians. The news of overcharging for epipens in the US was particularly poorly received and criticized. However, Pfizer remains one of the largest pharmaceutical company in the world. The health sector generally outperform during bear markets so this is a safe large cap pick for those worried about a recession.
An area that's started to act better recently. Well managed. But doesn't understand what the catalysts are. Doesn't find it compelling. Consider the picks and shovels instead, like Agilent or Danaher, who benefit from growth in everyone's pipeline.
Telus Corp (T-T)
Canadians have a poor view of Telus’ onboarding discounts on plans that expire. There is general sentiments against the telecommunications sector in Canada, as they are seen as an oligopoly that lacks competition. The company itself is very well managed and they’ve done well. They pay a nice dividend.
Best quality in the telecom space. Good, stable cashflow to support the great dividend. TV ads might have been hurt by Covid, but infrastructure remains important with the 5G rollout. Well run, will continue to do well. A close competitor is Telus, but why switch?
Cascades Inc (CAS-T)
They’ve done poorly last year as there are worries over the economy, and this company follows it. They produce 100% recyclable paper and packaging. Their facilities have begun using sustainability as credibility, but it seems it hasn’t quite penetrated the Canadian consumer’s radar.
A smaller cap name in paper and forestry. The tissue side has benefited from stay-at-home, but hotels aren't using as much tissue. The packaging business has enjoyed an increase with more packages needed for online shopping. However, this sector is cyclical, falling a lot if the market falls, though bouncing a lot if it rises.…
The famed coffee chain was among the companies who placed at the bottom of the ranking list. They’ve been facing increasing competition, especially from McDonald’s. They’ve been innovative and is still a phenomenal company. They are moving into China, although it hasn’t yet panned out.
(A Top Pick Jan 30/20, Up 20%) Revenue has responded well to pandemic. Digital initiatives acting very well. Pay a premium at 36x forward earnings for 15% growth. Strong, iconic name. Cautious on buying going forward, based on valuation.
Lowes Companies Inc. (LOW-N)
Loews’ purchase of Rona was poorly received, especially in Quebec. It seems that Home Depot (HD-N) has the upper hand to attract Canadians. However, they occupy half the home improvement market and have good cash flow. Their management is strong and they do not carry the premium valuation of Home Depot (HD-N).
He believes in the CEO as he turns around the company. It's been difficult, but is moving in the right direction. Once he executes his vision, Lowe's will rival Home Depot in profits and growth.
Reitmans (Canada) Ltd. (A) (RET.A-T)
A large mall based retailer specializing in women’s apparel. A well run company in a sector people hate. There have been difficulties in the retail space in general, but they are one of the few who have done alright. They pay a good dividend of $0.05 a quarter which should be safe as they are making money and have no debt.
(A Top Pick Oct 22/18, Down 35%) He sold this at $3. They offered to buy 15 million shares of stock and the took the offer. He is glad to be out. Sales are falling and they have closed 48 stores. He wonders if management should be changed. Their online sales have been going up,…