As baby-boomers retire in large number, the healthcare industry is expected to grow sharply. Retirement homes and long-term care facilities are going to face higher demands. Healthcare is also a more defensive sector for those who are looking for a safer investment choice. It’s also a very diverse field including insurance, medical technology, and care among others. Here are our 12 top picks to take advantage of population trends and healthcare.
Baby-boomers are set to retire in large numbers in the next few years, and among them, 70% of those aged 65 and over will need some long-term care services. Are you ready to deal with the financial stress of long-term care? Here are some tips to better prepare yourself so that you can live stress-free your golden years.
Sienna Senor Living Inc (SIA-T)
They used to be mostly long-term care but is now in short term rentals and they are growing their retirement homes. As the population ages, the demand will grow even stronger. They also have Leisure World product which receives government funding, which gives them some stability.
SIA-T vs. CSH.UN-T. It was sad what the pandemic has done in the long term care sector. Sienna has had to make some difficult management changes. This is an important needs-based sector in Canada. In Ontario the government has to look how they can properly fund that business. With question marks on the horizon, he…
Brookdale Senior Living (BKD-N)
They are the largest owner and operator of senior living communities in the U.S.. A very good defensive name. John Stephenson says that any kind of movement up in the housing market or consumer confidence brings a level of increase into the facilities.
(A Top Pick May 6/15. Down 46.75%.) A very good defensive name in general. Probably got tarred with the same brush as healthcare. Still thinks this is a good company, but he left because the price volatility was too hard.
Capital Senior Living (CSU-N)
They operate senior living communities and assisted living centers in the United States. 98% of their facilities are private pay. Their occupancy is close to 90%.
Seniors sucked a lot of people into the sector for a long time because it was a low wage sector. It seemed to all line up well but in actual fact you don’t actually want to move in there. For the last 8 years the interest rates supported them but now you have the theme…
Chartwell Seniors Housing (CSH.UN-T)
This is the largest participant in the Canadian seniors housing sector. They also have a higher level of long term care facilities. The demographics play in their favor. Christine Poole says that the 75-year-plus population is expected to double in the 20 next years, and this would be a good play on that.
You have to be picky in this space, so he likes this high quality one. He added during the March downturn. There's growth demand, and supply is not catching up. Nice yield. Good long term.
CVS Health Corp (CVS-N)
An American retail pharmacy and health care company. A great balance sheet and they pay a good yield. Earnings are improving as they do the right things.
He is surprised they did not do better going into this crisis. They are big in the healthcare management area. Buying a company like this in the US at these valuations is a very prudent move and he expects it to do very well over the coming years. (Analysts’ price target is $79.74)
Align Technology Inc (ALGN-Q)
They are a manufacturer in 3D digital scanners and a clear aligners used in orthodontics. This falls into the medical device category, which is a very attractive space. Their technology for braces for teeth appeals to mature individuals who wants something less conspicuous.
This falls into the medical device category, which he likes. The stock has gone parabolic and earnings beats have been great. It has a 50+ PE ratio. It will have to grow into that ratio before he would be buyer – needing at least 50% earnings growth.
Anthem Inc (ANTM-N)
This is an American health insurance company that is the largest for-profit managed health care company in the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. They are also part of Obama Care and Medicaid.
Free cashflow machine. Decreased number of outstanding shares by 60%. Increases dividend each year. Trades at 9.9x earnings, a cheap valuation. Yield is 1.48%. (Analysts’ price target is $343.09)
Cigna Corp. (CI-N)
They are an American worldwide health services organization. Seniors over 65 pay three times more on healthcare than those under 65. This company could also benefit from the Affordable Care Act.
There are better opportunities. It is in a tough space. It is probably not a good market in which to hold stocks that face challenges. All countries are putting pressure on drug prices.
Humana Inc (HUM-N)
A for-profit American health insurance company that has over 13 million patients.
It is in a very interesting part of the insurance space in the US, focusing on Medicare. 10,000 people a day in the US are turning 65. The demographic tailwind is going to be huge. This is part of the healthcare market he really likes. (Analysts’ price target is $327.14)
Helius Medical Technologies (HSM-T)
A medical technology company that recently received Health Canada approval for a new brain stimulation medical device.They are going through FDA approval in the U.S.. If this gets approved, they will be a billion dollar business.
He has been investing in this for almost three years now. They received Health Canada approval for a new brain stimulation medical device last fall. They are awaiting FDA approval in the US. It magnifies the result of physio-therapy for the brain and the technology is safe. It is a billion dollar business if it…
Johnson & Johnson (JNJ-N)
A well known multinational medical devices, pharmaceutical and consumer packaged goods manufacturing company. It’s a conglomerate of consumer, medical devices and pharma divisions. They’ve recently reported strong earnings. A name you can’t really go wrong with.
JNJ vs ABBV? He likes JNJ as a long term winner. It may be too expensive. ABBV was a risky company until they purchased Allergan and diversified their business more. ABBV trades at 8.4 times PE and earnings are expected to grow by 8% and have nice, safe dividend. They are still tethered to Humara,…
iShares DJ Medical Devices E.T.F. (IHI-N)
iShares DJ Medical Devices E.T.F. (IHI-N): A well-diversified and global medical and health device E.T.F.. This is a good choice for those wanting to diversify away from big pharma with an overlay of healthcare technology, a growing field.
It specializes in medical devices and equipment. He has held this over a year and a half. He likes the diversification it offers. He is not sure which of the holdings are involved in manufacturing defibrillators.